Illinois vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview

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Illinois vs. Ohio State: Full Game Preview
Illinois
(21-10, 6-5 away)
(14) Ohio State
(22-7, 16-2 home)
Venue: Value City Arena
12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT, March 10, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois B Paul 16.2 N Egwu 4.6 T Abrams 3.4
Ohio State D Thomas 19.8 D Thomas 6.2 A Craft 4.4

On Sunday, Illinois travels to Value City Arena to take on No. 14 Ohio State. Tipoff occurs at 12:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Fighting Illini beat the Buckeyes 74-55 on Jan. 5 and are 4-6 against them over the last four years.

Illinois is sixth in the conference and Ohio State is second. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Fighting Illini fell 63-55 to Iowa on Mar. 5. Brandon Paul finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in the loss. At 16.2, he paces the team in points per game. In a 67-58 victory over Indiana on Mar. 5, Aaron Craft put up 15 points for the Buckeyes. With 4.4 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.

Ohio State StatSmack

  • Ohio State has to pay up to win. The coach for Illinois has a much lower base salary than Ohio State ($1,500,000 vs. $2,555,000).
  • The Illinois basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Ohio State (100 percent vs. 64 percent).
  • Brandon Paul is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in points and 6th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
  • Tracy Abrams is ranked 9th in the Big Ten in assists and 8th in the Big Ten in steals.
  • Nnanna Egwu is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in blocks.
  • Illinois has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Ohio State (No. 39 vs. No. 53).
  • Illinois has an average margin of victory of 11 over Ohio State in 38 wins since 1980.
  • Illinois players are more experienced than Ohio State players (17,347 minutes played vs. 12,864 minutes played).
  • Illinois has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (65 percent vs. 76 percent).
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 32 16 4 3 1 1 3
B+ D.J. Richardson 0 13 4 2 1 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 28 11 4 3 1 0 3
B- Nnanna Egwu 25 7 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 21 4 3 0 0 1 1
C- Myke Henry 11 4 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 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
OSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Deshaun Thomas 0 20 6 1 0 0 1
B+ Aaron Craft 34 10 4 4 2 0 2
B L. Smith Jr. 28 10 5 2 0 0 1
B- Sam Thompson 24 7 3 1 1 1 1
B- Shannon Scott 20 5 2 4 2 0 1
C+ Evan Ravenel 18 5 5 0 0 1 1
C+ Amir Williams 17 4 4 0 0 1 1
C+ LaQuinton Ross 17 7 3 0 0 0 2
C A. Della Valle 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
C Jake Lorbach 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Rogers 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Trey McDonald 8 1 1 0 0 0 0

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