NCAA Men's Basketball

#21 Illinois Fighting Illini (21-10)


Big Ten Freshman of Year Cockburn returning to Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois for his sophomore season.

The 7-foot, 290-pound Cockburn posted "IM BACK ??" with a graphic on Twitter on Saturday. The announcement means the Illini will have their top two players return from a team that was in line to make the NCAA Tournament last season, after all-conference guard Ayo Dosunmu said Friday he plans to return for his junior year rather than turn pro.

Cockburn, who's from Jamaica and played at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, averaged 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds - a record for an Illinois freshman.

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Leaders
Points: A. Dosunmu16.6
Rebounds: K. Cockburn8.8
Assists: A. Dosunmu3.3
FG%: A. Dosunmu48.4%
FT%: A. Feliz76.9%
3P%: A. Griffin41.6%
Steals: T. Frazier0.9
Blocks: K. Cockburn1.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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Big Ten Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
12 Maryland 14-6 24-7
9 Michigan State 14-6 22-9
17 Wisconsin 14-6 21-10
21 Illinois 13-7 21-10
Penn State 11-9 21-10
19 Ohio State 11-9 21-10
25 Iowa 11-9 20-11
Rutgers 11-9 20-11
Michigan 10-10 19-12
Indiana 9-11 20-12
Purdue 9-11 16-15
Minnesota 8-12 15-16
Northwestern 3-17 8-23
Nebraska 2-18 7-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.2 (136)
Rebounds: 12.7 (18)
Assists: 13.3 (159)
FG%: 44.3% (144)
FT%: 72.8% (112)
3P%: 30.9% (297)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 65.3 (65)
Rebounds: 26.8 (88)
Assists: 11.3 (76)
FG%: 41.5% (89)
FT%: 72.3% (265)
3P%: 33.2% (191)