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Associated Press Illinois’ Brandon Paul reacts after hitting the game-winning shot against Minnesota on Thursday in Chicago. Illinois won 51-49.

Men's basketball: Last-second shot downs Gophers

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CHICAGO — If he has hit a bigger shot than this, Brandon Paul couldn’t remember it. He’d have a hard time matching it.

Paul nailed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and finished with 25 points to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.

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