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March Madness - Miami Defeats Illinois 63-59 - Recap

Miami grabbed a 63-59 win over Illinois on Sunday, behind a 21-point effort from Rion Brown at Frank Erwin Center.

Miami did not, however, defeat Illinois against the spread, which closed at 7.5 at most sportsbooks.

Shane Larkin had 17 points for Miami and Kenny Kadji chipped in with 10 points. Shane Larkin had 5 assists for them, while Kenny Kadji was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.

Illinois got an 18-point performance from Brandon Paul, who was supported by 12 points from Nnanna Egwu. Brandon Paul had 2 assists in a losing cause for Illinois, while Nnanna Egwu grabbed 12 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Miami were victorious, as the score was 29-26 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 38 boards, while Miami only had 35.