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

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

Illinois and Northwestern share the 8th spot in the conference.

In their last match-up, Dave Sobolewski finished with 14 points and 5 assists in the Wildcats 70-50 loss against Iowa on January 13th. He is averaging 11.5 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.5 per game. The Fighting Illini were defeated by Wisconsin 74-51 on January 12th despite 12 points and 7 rebounds from Joseph Bertrand. He is averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

In reviewing statistical differences between the teams, Illinois appears to have an edge in one significant area, scoring, where the Fighting Illini have the upper hand over the Wildcats, 73 points per game to 65 points per game.

Illinois StatSmack

  • Northwestern has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (26% vs 65%).
  • Northwestern beat Illinois by 4 points the last time they played (Feb 05, 2012).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Northwestern currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (984 to 952) than Illinois, per the NCAA.
  • Northwestern has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Illinois according to Kiplinger (86.4% vs 64%).
  • The Northwestern blocks leader (Alex Olah) has more blocks than the Illinois blocks leader (Nnanna Egwu).
  • Northwestern has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Illinois (#12 vs #39).
  • Dave Sobolewski is ranked 8th in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 5th in the Big Ten in assists.
  • Alex Olah is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Northwestern has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Illinois (#9 vs #50).
  • The Northwestern assist leader (Dave Sobolewski) has more assists than the Illinois assist leader (Brandon Paul).
  • The Northwestern rebounding leader (Jared Swopshire) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Brandon Paul).
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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