Colorado vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview

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Colorado vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
Colorado
(21-11, 7-8 away)
Illinois
(22-12, 16-5 home)
Venue: Erwin Center
4:40PM ET / 1:40PM PT, March 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Colorado S Dinwiddie 15.6 A Roberson 11.3 S Dinwiddie 3.0
Illinois B Paul 16.6 N Egwu 4.6 T Abrams 3.3

10th-seeded Colorado matches up against No. 7-seeded Illinois in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Friday. It gets started at 4:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TNT. The Buffaloes have not played the Fighting Illini since the 1987-88 season, when they lost 86-68.

In their last game on Mar. 14, Spencer Dinwiddie put up 18 points for the Buffaloes in a loss to Arizona, 79-69. He leads the team with 15.6 points per game and 3.0 assists per game. For the Fighting Illini, Tracy Abrams finished with 16 points in the 80-64 loss to Indiana on Mar. 15. He leads the team in assists with 3.3 per game and steals with 1.4 per game.

Illinois StatSmack

  • Andre Roberson is ranked 7th nationally in rebounds and 39th nationally in steals.
  • Colorado has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Illinois ($21,051 vs. $24,554).
  • The Pac-12 has 2 teams - Oregon (8.7) and UCLA (8.3) - that create more steals per game than the Big Ten leader, Michigan State (8.2).
  • The Colorado rebounding leader (Andre Roberson, 328 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Illinois rebounding leader (Nnanna Egwu, 145 rebounds).
  • Even computers respect Colorado more. Colorado has a better RPI this season than Illinois (RPI: No. 36 vs. No. 39).
  • Colorado is ranked higher than Illinois in their conference (No. 5 vs. No. 7).
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds, free throws made, assists, and blocks are in the Pac-12.
  • Colorado has a better conference record than Illinois this season (10-8 vs. 8-10).
  • The Pac-12 has had 25 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
  • The Pac-12 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big Ten.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Colorado currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (962 to 952) than Illinois, per the NCAA.
CU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Andre Roberson 34 11 11 1 2 1 2
B+ S. Dinwiddie 33 15 3 3 1 1 2
B Josh Scott 29 11 5 1 0 1 1
B Askia Booker 32 13 4 2 1 0 2
B- Xavier Johnson 23 9 5 0 0 0 2
C Sabatino Chen 24 5 2 1 1 0 1
C- Beau Gamble 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
C- Ben Mills 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
C- Jeremy Adams 10 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Xavier Talton 7 2 1 0 0 0 1
D+ Eli Stalzer 9 1 1 0 0 0 1
D+ S. Harris-Tunks 8 1 2 0 0 0 1
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Brandon Paul 0 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 21 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 0 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
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