Illinois vs. Michigan State: Recap and Stats

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Illinois vs. Michigan State: Recap and Stats
Illinois 75
(15-7, 4-3 away)
(13) Michigan State 80
(18-4, 13-0 home)
Venue: Breslin Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 31, 2013
Box Score
1st 2nd Final
Illinois 37 38 75
Michigan State 27 53 80
Top Performers
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois T Abrams 16 T Abrams 5 T Abrams 6
Michigan State K Appling 24 B Dawson 9 K Appling 7

Illinois stumbled against No. 13 Michigan State 80-75 in conference play on Thursday, January 31st. The Fighting Illini now have a record of 2-4 versus AP-Ranked teams this season. The Fighting Illini were led by Tracy Abrams, who put up a team-high 16 points and six assists (5 Reb 4 Stl). D.J. Richardson also contributed, scoring 14 points and adding three assists. For the Spartans, Keith Appling got a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds. Illinois (15-7, 2-6 Big Ten) hosts Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) on Sunday, February 3rd.

Illinois Game Notes

  • Illinois started 15-7 during the 2010, 2006, 2001, 1999, and 1997 seasons (since 1996).
  • Illini beat the spread by 3.5 points. That makes the 8th time this season the Fighting Illini have beaten the spread.
  • Prior to this game, Illini played 52 Top 25 opponents in the last 5 seasons with a record of 16-36.
  • When the opposition records 80 or more total points this season, Illinois has lost 100% of the time (0-3).
  • When the opposition records 25 or more field goals made this season, Illinois has lost 75% of the time (2-6).
  • When the opposition records 15 or more assists this season, Illinois has lost 75% of the time (1-3).
  • Illini set a season low for rebounds.
  • This is the 2nd loss of the season where the Fighting Illini opponent came back to win after being down at halftime.
  • D.J. Richardson has 3 straight double-digit point games.
  • This was the 5th foul out of the season for Nnanna Egwu.
  • Sam McLaurin had a career high with a 100% field goal percentage.
  • Brandon Paul has 4 straight double-digit point games.

Michigan State Game Notes

  • Michigan State won, but did not cover the spread.
  • The Spartans won this one, but have lost 2 times this season in games decided by 5 or fewer points. Since 2007, Michigan State has lost 18 close games.
  • The top two scorers (Keith Appling and Gary Harris) accounted for 47.5% of the points.
  • The top two rebounders (Branden Dawson and Keith Appling) accounted for 51.5% of the rebounds.
  • Keith Appling has led the team in scoring 12 times in 22 games this season.
  • Branden Dawson has led the team in rebounding 5 times in 22 games this season.
  • This marks the 8th 20-point game of Keith Appling's career.
  • Keith Appling set a career high with 8 defensive rebounds.
  • Branden Dawson has 3 straight double-digit point games.
Illini PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
ATracy Abrams311656402
B+D.J. Richardson381423201
B+Myke Henry211120110
BBrandon Paul241333003
B-Sam McLaurin24730201
C+Joseph Bertrand26640000
C-Tyler Griffey10220000
C-Nnanna Egwu25610011
MSU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
A+Keith Appling382487012
AD. Valentine191432101
B+Branden Dawson291293004
B+Adreian Payne38863022
C+Gary Harris251410304
CDerrick Nix24810001
DTravis Trice11010000
-Russell Byrd7000000
-Alex Gauna5000000
-Matt Costello4000000

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