Illinois vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
|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|
Illinois battles Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at United Center on Friday. It starts at 12 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN. The Fighting Illini beat the Hoosiers 74-72 on Feb. 7 and are 6-2 against them over the last four years.
The 25 points and five rebounds by Brandon Paul helped the Fighting Illini to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota on Mar. 14. He leads the team with 16.6 points per game. For the Hoosiers, Victor Oladipo put up 14 points and 13 rebounds in the 72-71 win over Michigan on Mar. 10. He is averaging 13.7 points per game and leads the team in steals with 2.2 per game.
Comparing team stats, Indiana looks to have the edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Hoosiers have the upper hand over the Fighting Illini, 80.8 points per game to 69.1 points per game. Areas of strength for Indiana include: free throw rate at 46.6, effective field goal percentage at 55.6, and offensive rebounding percentage at 40.0.
- Illinois has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Indiana (10 vs. five).
- Illinois has a better record in close games than Indiana this season (6-1 vs. 6-4).
- D.J. Richardson is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 7th in the Big Ten in steals.
- Illinois has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Indiana (No. 50 vs. No. 99).
- Illinois has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Indiana ($19,378 vs. $25,522).
- The Illinois basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Indiana (100 percent vs. 62 percent).
- Illinois has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Indiana according to Kiplinger (64 percent vs. 53 percent).
- Boom! Illinois defeated Indiana by 2 points the last time they played (Feb 07, 2013).
- Brandon Paul is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in points and 6th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- The Illinois scoring leader (Brandon Paul, 522 points) has more points than the Indiana scoring leader (Cody Zeller, 521 points).
- Illinois has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Indiana (one vs. zero).