Minnesota vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
(12) Minnesota
(14-1, 2-0 away)
(12) Illinois
(14-2, 11-1 home)
Venue: Assembly Hall (IL)
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 13.7 T Mbakwe 7.9 A Hollins 3.7
Illinois B Paul 18.6 B Paul 5.1 T Abrams 3.4

In a 69-51 dismantling of Northwestern on January 6th, Austin Hollins put up 19 points for the Golden Gophers. In addition to a team-leading 2.1 steals per game, he chips in 10.8 points per game. For the Fighting Illini, Nnanna Egwu put up 16 points and 8 rebounds in the 74-55 blowout of Ohio State on January 5th. He averages 6.7 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.5 blocks per game.

Illinois StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Minnesota currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (954 to 952) than Illinois, per the NCAA.
  • Joe Coleman is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • Trevor Mbakwe is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in rebounds and 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Minnesota can actually jump, with more rebounds (40.9 per game vs 36.1 per game) than Illinois this season.
  • We just win. Minnesota has more wins over the last 5 years than Illinois (116 vs 111).
  • At least you keep showing up. Minnesota has an average margin of victory of 9 over Illinois in 12 wins since 1980.
  • Eliott Eliason is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Austin Hollins is ranked 24th nationally in steals.
  • The Minnesota rebounding leader (Trevor Mbakwe) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Brandon Paul).
  • We're a talent magnet. Since 1998 Minnesota has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Illinois (3 vs 0).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Minnesota has a stronger schedule than Illinois this season (SOS Rank: #31 vs #50).
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Rodney Williams 29 13 6 2 1 1 2
B+ Andre Hollins 27 14 3 4 1 1 2
B Austin Hollins 29 11 3 3 2 1 1
B Trevor Mbakwe 20 9 8 1 1 1 2
B Joe Coleman 27 11 4 2 1 1 2
C Julian Welch 14 4 2 2 1 0 1
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C Wally Ellenson 8 3 2 0 0 0 0
C M. Ahanmisi 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
C- Oto Osenieks 10 3 2 1 0 0 0
C- Andre Ingram 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
C- Maurice Walker 8 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Brandon Paul 33 19 5 3 1 1 3
B D.J. Richardson 33 11 5 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 28 12 4 3 2 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 25 7 5 1 1 1 1
B- Joseph Bertrand 22 9 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 23 8 3 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 20 4 4 1 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 11 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Devin Langford 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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