Illinois vs. Minnesota: Recap, Stats, and Box Score

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Illinois vs. Minnesota: Recap, Stats, and Box Score
Illinois 57
(17-8, 5-3 away)
(18) Minnesota 53
(17-7, 14-3 home)
Venue: Williams Arena
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, February 10, 2013
Box Score
1st 2nd Final
Illinois 31 26 57
Minnesota 30 23 53
Top Performers
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois T Griffey 16 T Abrams 6 T Abrams 6
Minnesota A Hollins 16 E Eliason 10 A Hollins 4

On Sunday, February 10th, Illinois scored 33 points from three-point territory and pulled off a stunner against Minnesota 57-53 in conference action. The Fighting Illini now have a record of 4-4 versus AP-Ranked teams this season. Tracy Abrams led the Fighting Illini and got five points plus six rebounds. Tyler Griffey had a game-high 16 points and added four rebounds. Austin Hollins got a team-high 16 points and three rebounds for the Golden Gophers. This makes three wins in a row for the Fighting Illini. Illinois (17-8, 4-7 Big Ten) gets Purdue (12-12, 5-6 Big Ten) at home on Wednesday, February 13th.

Illinois Game Notes

  • Illinois started 17-8 during the 2009 and 2006 seasons (since 1996).
  • Illini beat the spread by 13 points. That makes the 10th time this season the Fighting Illini have beaten the spread.
  • The Fighting Illini have won five close games this season (a win by five or fewer points). Since 2007, Illinois is 29-33 in close games.
  • Prior to this game, Illini played 54 Top 25 opponents in the last five seasons with a record of 17-37.
  • The Fighting Illini have won every game this season (8-0) after recording 11 or more three-pointers.
  • Illini has won every game this season (6-0) after holding an opponent to under 38.0 percent field goal percentage.
  • Illini has won 82 percent of the time this season (9-2) when opponents record 10 or fewer free throws made.
  • This season Illinois has won 71 percent of the time (17-7) when Brandon Paul has 10 points or more, 90 percent of the time (9-1) when Tyler Griffey has four field goals made or more, and 91 percent of the time (10-1) when D.J. Richardson has three three-pointers or more.
  • Illini set season lows for field goals made (18), steals (four), and turnovers (seven).
  • Illinois has recorded fewer rebounds than their opponents for the past four games.
  • The top two scorers (Tyler Griffey and D.J. Richardson) accounted for 50.8 percent of the points.
  • Tyler Griffey has led the team in scoring in three out of 25 games this season.
  • Tracy Abrams has led the team in rebounding in three out of 25 games this season.
  • D.J. Richardson has six straight double-digit point games.
  • Brandon Paul has seven straight double-digit point games.
  • Tyler Griffey had a career high with four three-pointers.

Minnesota Game Notes

  • The Golden Gophers have lost two times this season in games decided by five or fewer points. Since 2007, Minnesota is 28-26 in close games.
  • Austin Hollins accounted for 30.1 percent of the team's points.
  • The top two rebounders (Trevor Mbakwe and Eliott Eliason) accounted for 51.2 percent of the rebounds.
  • Austin Hollins has led the team in scoring five times in 24 games this season.
  • Trevor Mbakwe has led the team in rebounding 15 times in 24 games this season.
  • Trevor Mbakwe recorded the 37th double-digit rebound game of his career.
  • Trevor Mbakwe recorded a double-double. It was his eighth this season and 31st of his career.
  • Eliott Eliason recorded the third double-digit rebound game of his career.
Illini PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
ATracy Abrams33566000
ATyler Griffey301640011
B+D.J. Richardson341332202
B-Brandon Paul311041102
C+Nnanna Egwu21630112
CSam McLaurin24520010
CJoseph Bertrand21212000
-Myke Henry5000000
MINN PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
AAustin Hollins341630410
B+Trevor Mbakwe3113101014
BEliott Eliason284103022
B-Andre Hollins36824001
CJulian Welch11511001
CMaurice Walker9221001
CJoe Coleman27350000
D+Andre Ingram12010121
-M. Ahanmisi7200001
-Oto Osenieks5000001

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