Illinois vs. Nebraska: Full Game Preview

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Illinois vs. Nebraska: Full Game Preview
Illinois
(14-5, 3-2 away)
Nebraska
(10-9, 8-4 home)
Venue: Bob Devaney Sports Center
8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT, January 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Nebraska StatSmack

  • 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.
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 32 18 5 3 1 1 3
B D.J. Richardson 33 11 4 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 27 12 4 3 2 0 3
C+ Nnanna Egwu 24 6 4 1 1 1 1
C+ Joseph Bertrand 23 9 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 23 8 3 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 20 4 4 0 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Devin Langford 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 2 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
NEB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Dylan Talley 36 13 6 3 1 0 2
B Brandon Ubel 32 12 7 1 1 1 2
B- Ray Gallegos 37 13 3 1 1 0 1
C+ Shavon Shields 26 8 5 1 1 0 2
C David Rivers 23 6 3 1 0 1 0
C- Andre Almeida 17 6 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Benny Parker 24 3 1 2 1 0 2
D Mike Peltz 15 1 2 1 0 0 1
D Jordan Tyrance 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D- Sergei Vucetic 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D- Trevor Menke 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
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