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Maui Invitational - Butler vs Illinois Wrap - Illinois Wins 78-61

Illinois grabbed a 78-61 win over Butler on Wednesday, behind a 20-point effort from Brandon Paul at Lahaina Civic Center.

Illinois was a favorite by 2.5 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors.

Tracy Abrams had 17 points for Illinois and D.J. Richardson chipped in with 14 points. D.J. Richardson had 4 assists for them, while D.J. Richardson was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 9 boards.

Butler got 27 points from Rotnei Clarke in a losing cause and another 8 points from Khyle Marshall. Roosevelt Jones contributed 3 assists for them, while Kameron Woods had 8 rebounds.

Illinois led at halftime, 39-28.

Butler had a 37-31 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.