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|
On Tuesday, Nebraska plays host to Illinois at Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tip-off occurs at 8:30 EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Cornhuskers are 1-1 against the Fighting Illini over the last four years. They won 80-57 on 2/18/2012 the last time they played.
Nebraska is in 11th place in the conference and has an opportunity to gain ground on 10th place Illinois.
In their last match-up, Shavon Shields finished with 29 points and 6 rebounds in the Cornhuskers 68-64 victory over Penn State on January 19th. He contributes 4.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.9 points per game. For the Fighting Illini, Brandon Paul finished with 21 points in the 68-54 loss to Northwestern on January 17th. He leads the team in points with 18.2 per game and rebounds with 4.9 per game.
Illinois has a statistical edge over Nebraska in a single key area, scoring, where the Fighting Illini have the upper hand over the Cornhuskers, 72 points per game to 58 points per game.
- Nebraska embarrassed Illinois by 23 points the last time they played (Feb 18, 2012).
- Nebraska allows fewer rebounds (31.5 allowed per game vs 35.0 allowed per game) than Illinois this season.
- The Nebraska blocks leader (Andre Almeida) has more blocks than the Illinois blocks leader (Nnanna Egwu).
- The Nebraska rebounding leader (Brandon Ubel) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Brandon Paul).
- Andre Almeida is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
- Nebraska has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Illinois ($27,594 vs $38,696).
- Ray Gallegos is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- Nebraska has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Illinois ($15,894 vs $24,554).