Northwestern vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview

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Northwestern vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
Northwestern
(10-7, 4-1 away)
(23) Illinois
(14-4, 11-2 home)
Venue: Assembly Hall (IL)
8:15PM ET / 5:15PM PT, January 17, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northwestern R Hearn 13.7 J Swopshire 5.9 D Sobolewski 4.5
Illinois B Paul 18.1 B Paul 4.9 T Abrams 3.2

No. 23 Illinois welcomes Northwestern to Assembly Hall (IL) on Thursday. The game tips off at 8:15 EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Fighting Illini are 4-3 against the Wildcats over the last four years. They lost 74-70 the last time they played (2/5/2012).

Both teams share 8th place in the Big Ten.

In spite of 16 points from D.J. Richardson, the Fighting Illini came up short 74-51 against Wisconsin on January 12th. He is averaging 11.1 points per game while also contributing a team-high 1.7 steals per game. The Wildcats were defeated by Iowa 70-50 on January 13th despite 14 points and 5 assists from Dave Sobolewski. He averages 11.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 4.5 assists per game.

Illinois has a statistical advantage over Northwestern in one significant category, scoring, where the Fighting Illini have an edge over the Wildcats, 73 points per game to 65 points per game.

Northwestern StatSmack

  • D.J. Richardson is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 9th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Illinois has had more players drafted by the NBA than Northwestern (6 vs 0).
  • Even computers respect Illinois more. We have a better RPI this season than Northwestern (RPI: #13 vs #107).
  • Illinois has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Northwestern (1 vs 0).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Illinois has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Northwestern (13 vs 1).
  • At least you keep showing up. Illinois has an average margin of victory of 17 over Northwestern in 53 wins since 1980.
  • The Illinois scoring leader (Brandon Paul) has more points than the Northwestern scoring leader (Reggie Hearn).
  • Illinois players are more experienced than Northwestern players (13,947 minutes played vs 12,622 minutes played).
  • The Illinois steals leader (Tracy Abrams) has more steals than the Northwestern steals leader (Reggie Hearn).
  • Tracy Abrams is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in steals.
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Drew Crawford 32 14 5 2 1 1 2
B Reggie Hearn 31 14 5 2 1 0 2
B Dave Sobolewski 35 12 2 4 1 0 2
B- Jared Swopshire 31 9 6 3 1 0 1
C+ Alex Olah 21 6 5 2 1 1 2
C A. Marcotullio 17 4 3 2 1 0 1
C- Kale Abrahamson 15 5 2 0 0 0 1
C- Tre Demps 13 6 1 1 0 0 1
C- Mike Turner 16 2 3 2 0 1 1
D Sanjay Lumpkin 7 1 1 1 0 0 1
D Nikola Cerina 4 1 2 0 0 0 0
D J. Montgomery III 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Chier Ajou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Omar Jimenez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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