|Illinois||B Paul 16.6||N Egwu 4.6||T Abrams 3.3|
|Indiana||C Zeller 17.0||C Zeller 8.1||K Ferrell 4.2|
Indiana matches up against Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Friday. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN. The Hoosiers fell to the Fighting Illini 74-72 on Feb. 7 and are 2-6 against them over the last four years.
The 25 points and 10 rebounds by Cody Zeller helped the Hoosiers to a 72-71 victory over Michigan on Mar. 10. He contributes a team-leading 17.0 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 1.3 blocks per game. For the Fighting Illini, Brandon Paul finished with 25 points and five rebounds in the 51-49 win over Minnesota on Mar. 14. He leads the team with 16.6 points per game.
Indiana appears to have a key statistical advantage over Illinois in one area, scoring, where the Hoosiers have an edge over the Fighting Illini, 80.8 points per game to 69.1 points per game.
- Diaper Dandies love Indiana. Indiana has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Illinois (19 vs. 13).
- The Indiana three-point leader (Jordan Hulls, 76 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Illinois three-point leader (D.J. Richardson, 75 three-pointers).
- Indiana attacks the glass, with more rebounds (38.9 per game vs. 34.0 per game) than Illinois this season.
- Indiana has come back to win after being down at half against Illinois five times since 2000.
- Indiana has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Illinois (No. 30 vs. No. 45).
- Indiana is a better three-point shooting team (41.8 percent vs. 32.9 percent) than Illinois this season.
- Over the past 5 years, Indiana has had more players drafted by the NBA than Illinois (two vs. one).
- Indiana has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Illinois ($36,419 vs. $38,696).
- Victor Oladipo is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in points, 10th in the Big Ten in rebounds, and 20th nationally in steals.
- It's only wins and losses, but Indiana has a better overall record than Illinois this season (26-5 vs. 21-11).
- Indiana has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Illinois this season (eight vs. five).