Illinois vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview

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Illinois vs. Michigan State: Full Game Preview
Illinois
(15-6, 4-2 away)
(13) Michigan State
(17-4, 12-0 home)
Venue: Breslin Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 31, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois B Paul 17.9 N Egwu 4.9 T Abrams 3.2
Michigan State K Appling 13.5 A Payne 6.9 K Appling 4.1

No. 13 Michigan State hosts Illinois at Breslin Center on Thursday. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN/2. The Spartans are 4-3 against the Fighting Illini over the last four years. They fell 42-41 on 1/31/2012, the last time they met.

Illinois is in 9th place in the Big Ten and Michigan State is in 3rd place.

In their last match-up on January 27th, Gary Harris put up 21 points for the Spartans in a loss to Indiana, 75-70. While contributing 2.6 rebounds per game, he also scores 12.7 points per game. For the Fighting Illini, D.J. Richardson put up 12 points and 7 rebounds in the 74-60 loss to Michigan on January 27th. He is averaging 11.8 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.6 per game.

Illinois StatSmack

  • AP voters think more highly of Michigan State and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Illinois (145 vs 116).
  • We make basketball players. Over the past 5 years, Michigan State has had more players drafted by the NBA than Illinois (2 vs 1).
  • The Michigan State steals leader (Branden Dawson) has more steals than the Illinois steals leader (D.J. Richardson).
  • We make our fans proud. Michigan State has a better record at home than Illinois this season (12-0 vs 8-3).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Michigan State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Illinois (15 vs 13).
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Michigan State has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Illinois (19 vs 11).
  • We win when it counts, too. Michigan State has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Illinois (21 vs 10).
  • Adreian Payne is ranked 4th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 8th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Keith Appling is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in assists and 6th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • Michigan State has a better scoring defense (58.6 allowed per game vs 66.0 allowed per game) than Illinois this season.
  • Michigan State allows fewer rebounds (31.0 allowed per game vs 34.9 allowed per game) than Illinois 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 12 5 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 27 11 4 3 2 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 25 6 5 1 1 1 1
C+ Joseph Bertrand 23 8 4 1 1 0 1
C+ Tyler Griffey 22 7 3 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 20 4 4 0 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Devin Langford 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
MSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Keith Appling 33 14 3 4 2 1 2
B Branden Dawson 27 11 7 1 2 1 2
B Gary Harris 29 13 3 1 1 0 1
B Derrick Nix 27 9 7 1 1 0 2
B Adreian Payne 22 9 7 1 1 1 2
C D. Valentine 21 5 4 3 1 0 2
C Travis Trice 21 6 1 2 1 0 2
D+ Brandan Kearney 17 2 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Matt Costello 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Keenan Wetzel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Dan Chapman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Russell Byrd 9 2 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Alex Gauna 7 2 1 0 0 0 0

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