Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview

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Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview
Illinois
(14-3, 3-1 away)
Wisconsin
(11-4, 9-2 home)
Venue: Kohl Center
2:15PM ET / 11:15AM PT, January 12, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois B Paul 18.1 B Paul 4.9 T Abrams 3.2
Wisconsin J Berggren 13.4 R Evans 7.8 B Brust 3.1

The Fighting Illini fell 84-67 to Minnesota on January 9th. Brandon Paul finished with 21 points in the loss. He paces the team in points per game with 18.1, and rebounds per game with 4.9. For the Badgers, Ryan Evans put up 10 points and 15 rebounds in the 47-41 win over Nebraska on January 6th. He is averaging 11.4 points per game in addition to a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game. When considering the Four Factors, Wisconsin performs well in turnover percentage at 14.2. This ranks 1st in the conference and 1st in the country.

Wisconsin StatSmack

  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Illinois is superior to Wisconsin (Latest AP Poll: #11 vs Not Ranked).
  • Illinois has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.689 to 0.603).
  • Illinois is better under pressure, and has defeated Wisconsin in 4 out of the last 7 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • Brandon Paul is ranked 15th nationally in points, 42nd nationally in three-pointers, 10th in the Big Ten in assists, and 10th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • The Illinois basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Wisconsin (100% vs 70%).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Illinois has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Wisconsin (11 vs 4).
  • Tracy Abrams is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • We beat real teams. Illinois has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Wisconsin this season (2 vs 0).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Illinois has had more players drafted by the NBA than Wisconsin (6 vs 3).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Illinois has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Wisconsin (13 vs 2).
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 32 18 5 3 1 1 3
B D.J. Richardson 32 11 4 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 27 12 4 3 2 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 24 6 4 1 1 1 1
B- Joseph Bertrand 23 9 5 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 23 8 3 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 20 4 3 1 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Mike Shaw 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Devin Langford 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Ibby Djimde 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
WISC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Jared Berggren 27 13 6 1 1 2 1
B+ Ben Brust 32 11 6 3 1 0 1
B Ryan Evans 29 11 8 2 1 1 1
B Sam Dekker 22 9 4 2 1 0 1
B- Mike Bruesewitz 24 7 5 2 1 0 1
C Traevon Jackson 23 5 2 2 1 0 2
C George Marshall 20 5 1 1 0 0 1
C Frank Kaminsky 11 5 2 1 1 1 0
C- Zak Showalter 9 3 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Jordan Smith 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Dan Fahey 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Evan Anderson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Zach Bohannon 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ J.D. Wise 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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