Illinois vs. Minnesota: Full Game Preview
|Illinois||B Paul 17.6||N Egwu 4.8||T Abrams 3.3|
|Minnesota||A Hollins 14.0||T Mbakwe 8.7||A Hollins 3.5|
No. 18 Minnesota hosts Illinois at Williams Arena on Sunday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. EST and you can catch it on Big Ten Network. The Golden Gophers defeated the Fighting Illini 84-67 on Jan. 9 and are 4-3 against them over the past four years.
Illinois is in 10th place in the Big Ten and Minnesota is in sixth place.
The Golden Gophers were defeated by Michigan State 61-50 on Feb. 6 despite 11 points from Andre Hollins. He contributes a team-high 14 points per game and 3.5 assists per game. For the Fighting Illini, D.J. Richardson finished with 23 points in the 74-72 win over Indiana on Feb. 7. He is averaging 12.3 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.6 per game.
- Andre Hollins is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in points, 10th in the Big Ten in three-pointers, and 10th in the Big Ten in assists.
- Minnesota has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Illinois ($25,277 vs. $38,696).
- Minnesota has more wins over the last 5 years than Illinois (120 vs. 114).
- Minnesota has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Illinois (No. 9 vs. No. 42).
- Minnesota has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50 percent vs. 65 percent).
- Minnesota has an average margin of victory of 10 over Illinois in 13 wins since 1980.
- A for effort, but Minnesota has emerged victorious against Illinois the last two times they've played.
- Since 1998, Minnesota has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Illinois (three vs. zero).
- The Minnesota steals leader (Austin Hollins, 45 steals) has more steals than the Illinois steals leader (D.J. Richardson, 38 steals).
- Even computers respect Minnesota more. Minnesota has a better RPI this season than Illinois (RPI: No. 10 vs. No. 31).
- The Minnesota blocks leader (Trevor Mbakwe, 40 blocks) has more blocks than the Illinois blocks leader (Nnanna Egwu, 33 blocks).