Cincy escapes early 15-point hole, routs No. 14 Illini 71-51


              Illinois' Omar Payne (4) and Cincinnati's Jeremiah Davenport (24) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Illinois' Trent Frazier, top, jumps over Cincinnati's Mike Saunders as they chased after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Illinois head coach Brad Underwood talks to an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Cincinnati head coach Wes Miller motions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Cincinnati's Jeremiah Davenport (24) looks top pass under pressure from Illinois' Coleman Hawkins (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Illinois' Alfonso Plummer celebrates after a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Illinois' Jacob Grandison (3) shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Cincy escapes early 15-point hole, routs No. 14 Illini 71-51