Illinois impresses in first exhibition, cruises past Ottawa

In Champaign, Illinois, the State Farm Center was once again bathed in the vibrant hues of orange and blue, 

marking a significant return for the University of Illinois basketball team after an absence of nearly eight months. 

This homecoming, however, was distinct from their previous appearance at the venue, 

where they engaged in an exhilarating double-overtime contest that saw them conquer Michigan. On this occasion, the stakes were considerably lower, 

but the Illini made a triumphant return to the court with a resounding 116-65 victory over NAIA Ottawa, 

From the very first possession, it was evident that Illinois was firmly in command. The Illini embarked on an explosive start, 

racing to a 19-4 lead by the time the first media timeout arrived. As the game progressed, 

there was never any doubt about the outcome. The first half was nothing short of scintillating, with Illinois shooting at an impressive 62% 

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