Illinois vs. Nebraska: Full Game Preview
|Illinois||B Paul 18.2||B Paul 4.9||T Abrams 3.2|
|Nebraska||R Gallegos 13.2||B Ubel 6.8||D Talley 2.7|
Illinois travels to Bob Devaney Sports Center on Tuesday to take on Nebraska. The game gets underway at 8:30 EST and it can be seen on Big Ten Network. The Fighting Illini are 1-1 against the Cornhuskers over the last four years. They lost 80-57 the last time they played (2/18/2012).
Nebraska is in 11th place in the Big Ten and just behind 10th place Illinois with a chance to catch up.
The Fighting Illini fell 68-54 to Northwestern on January 17th. Brandon Paul finished with 21 points in the loss. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 18.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. For the Cornhuskers, Shavon Shields finished with 29 points and 6 rebounds in the 68-64 win over Penn State on January 19th. He contributes 4.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.9 points per game.
There is a single key statistical area where Illinois can exploit Nebraska, scoring, where the Fighting Illini have an edge over the Cornhuskers, 72 points per game to 58 points per game.
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Illinois has had more players drafted by the NBA than Nebraska (6 vs 0).
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Illinois has a stronger schedule than Nebraska this season (SOS Rank: #50 vs #77).
- Illinois has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Nebraska (1 vs 0).
- Illinois takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Nebraska (7 vs 0).
- Even computers respect Illinois more. We have a better RPI this season than Nebraska (RPI: #13 vs #75).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Illinois is superior to Nebraska (Latest AP Poll: #11 vs Not Ranked).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Illinois currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (952 to 945) than Nebraska, per the NCAA.
- We just win. Illinois has more wins over the last 5 years than Nebraska (111 vs 93).
- The Illinois steals leader (Tracy Abrams) has more steals than the Nebraska steals leader (Ray Gallegos).
- Illinois is a better three-point shooting team (36.9% vs 31.8%) than Nebraska this season.