Northwestern vs. Illinois: Recap and Stats

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Northwestern vs. Illinois: Recap and Stats
Northwestern 68
(11-7, 5-1 away)
(23) Illinois 54
(14-5, 11-3 home)
Venue: Assembly Hall (IL)
8:15PM ET / 5:15PM PT, January 17, 2013
Box Score
1st 2nd Final
Northwestern 36 32 68
Illinois 21 33 54
Top Performers
Points Rebounds Assists
Northwestern R Hearn 14 J Swopshire 5 D Sobolewski 4
Illinois B Paul 18 B Paul 4 T Abrams 3

Even though they entered the game as a 10-point underdog, Northwestern pulled off an upset against No. 23 Illinois 68-54 in conference play. Northwestern took a commanding 36-21 lead at halftime and never looked back. The Wildcats improve their record to 1-2 versus AP-Ranked teams this season with the win. The Wildcats were led by Reggie Hearn, who got a team-high 20 points plus two rebounds. Tre Demps had 10 points and added four rebounds. For the Fighting Illini, Brandon Paul finished with a game-high 21 points and four rebounds. Northwestern (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) gets second-ranked Indiana (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) on their home court on Sunday, January 20th.

Northwestern Game Notes

  • This game was statistically over in the 2nd half with 1:39 left to go.
  • Northwestern started 11-7 during the 2008 and 2001 seasons (since 1996).
  • NU beat the spread by 24.5 points. That makes the 8th time this season the Wildcats have beaten the spread.
  • Prior to this game, NU played 42 Top 25 opponents in the last 5 seasons with a record of 6-36.
  • Northwestern has won 100% of the time this season (6-0) when its field goal percentage has been 47.2% or better.
  • The Wildcats have won 90% of the time this season (9-1) after recording 68 or more total points.
  • NU has won 100% of the time this season (4-0) when opponents record 30 or fewer rebounds.
  • NU has won 86% of the time this season (6-1) after holding an opponent to under 38.8% field goal percentage.
  • This season Northwestern has won 100% of the time (6-0) when Jared Swopshire has 12 points or more, 73% of the time (8-3) when Reggie Hearn has 4 field goals made or more, and 100% of the time (4-0) when Dave Sobolewski has 6 assists or more.
  • The Wildcats set a season high for free throws made.
  • The last time NU recorded at least 26 free throws made was Jan 09, 2011 against Indiana.
  • NU set a season low for blocks.
  • The Wildcats have recorded more three-pointers than their opponents for the past 4 games.
  • Northwestern has recorded fewer rebounds than their opponents for the past 5 games.
  • Reggie Hearn recorded a team season high in free throws made with 9.
  • The top two scorers (Reggie Hearn and Jared Swopshire) accounted for 47.0% of the points.
  • The top two rebounders (Jared Swopshire and Alex Olah) accounted for 41.6% of the rebounds.
  • Reggie Hearn has led the team in scoring in 6 out of 18 games this season.
  • Jared Swopshire has led the team in rebounding in 10 out of 18 games this season.
  • This marks the 3rd 20-point game of Reggie Hearn's career.
  • Dave Sobolewski has 4 straight double-digit point games.
  • This was the 2nd foul out of the season for Dave Sobolewski.
  • This was the 3rd foul out of the season for Mike Turner.

Illinois Game Notes

  • Illinois lost and did not cover the spread.
  • This loss extended the Fighting Illini losing streak to 3 games.
  • Brandon Paul accounted for 38.8% of the team's points.
  • Brandon Paul has led the team in scoring 14 times in 19 games this season.
  • Tyler Griffey has led the team in rebounding 3 times in 19 games this season.
  • This marks the 21st 20-point game of Brandon Paul's career.
  • This was the 4th foul out of the season for Nnanna Egwu.
NU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
AReggie Hearn392021101
B+Tre Demps171040001
B+Dave Sobolewski341026003
B+Jared Swopshire361261103
BA. Marcotullio241231103
C-Alex Olah21240002
D+Kale Abrahamson14200000
D+Mike Turner15001201
Illini PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
BBrandon Paul342140215
BTyler Griffey23660210
C+Tracy Abrams261034104
C+Sam McLaurin25650001
CD.J. Richardson39750012
CNnanna Egwu25441313
DJoseph Bertrand22021102
-Mike Shaw5000000

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