Rice's 28 leads Illini to round 2 of NIT tournament.
Agganis Arena, Boston, Mass.
Nunn Named to All-Freshman Team; Rice Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
Illinois turned in a complete team effort in Wednesday night's 60-49 win against Nebraska.
The Fighting Illini put a stop to the Cornhuskers seven-game winning streak.
Illinois men's basketball at Boston University in the NIT First Round, March 19, 2014. (Elan Kawesch/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Michigan - Big Ten Tournament
Illinois vs. Indiana - Big Ten Tournament
Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 12/12 Michigan Wolverines at State Farm Center on March 4, 2014.
Illinois at Michigan State - March 1, 2014
AT ILLINOIS2013-14 JUNIOR: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... Named team's Most Outstanding Player ... Started all 35 games, leading Illini in scoring with average of 15.9 points (eighth in Big Ten) ... Second on UI in rebounding, averaging 6.0 rpg, just one rebound shy of team lead for the season ... Team-leader in steals with average of 1.4 spg (sixth in Big Ten) ... Led Illini in scoring 20 times, had ten 20-point games and reached double figures 31 times ... Game-high 22 points with nine rebounds in Illini debut vs. Alabama State (Nov. 8) ... Game-high 18 points vs. Valparaiso (Nov. 13) ... Season-high five assists vs. Bradley (Nov. 17) ... Recorded first double-double as an Illini with 25 points, including game-winning layup, and 10 rebounds at UNLV (Nov. 26) ... Notched game-high 17 points vs. IPFW (Nov. 29) and sealed the victory with a steal and two free throws with seven seconds left ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 2 after averaging 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in the UNLV and IPFW wins ... Game-high 24 points at Georgia Tech (Dec. 3)... Team-high 22 points vs. Auburn (Dec. 8) ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 30 following his 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting vs. UIC (Dec. 28) ... Matched his career high with 29 points, including a season-best 11-of-15 from the free throw line, vs. Indiana (Dec. 31) ... Game-high 20 points at Indiana (Jan. 26) ... Game-high 24 points and nine rebounds vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 4) ... Team-high 23 points at Nebraska (Feb. 12) ... Career-high five steals at Michigan State (March 1) ... Game-high 15 points at Iowa (March 8) ... Game-high 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting at Boston U in the NIT First Round (March 19) ... Game-high 15 points at Clemson in the NIT Second Round (March 23).
2012-13 REDSHIRT: Sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules ... One of three recipients of team's Most Improved Player award.
AT DRAKEPlayed in 64 career games during two seasons at Drake, starting 62 times ... Totaled 983 points, 339 rebounds, 103 assists and 105 steals ... Second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference pick in 2012 ... Led Drake and ranked third in the MVC in scoring as a sophomore, averaging 16.8 points ... Second on the team with average of 5.8 rebounds ... Led the MVC in steals at 1.9 per game ... Scored a career-high 29 points vs. Central Arkansas (Dec. 21, 2011) ... Collected a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Wichita State (Jan. 28, 2012) ... Missouri Valley All-Freshman Team and All-Newcomer Team selection in 2011 ... Set the Drake freshman scoring record with 428 points (13.8 ppg) and also led the Bulldogs in rebounds (4.8 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg).
HIGH SCHOOL2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois ... 2010 Illinois Player of the Year by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... Unanimous first-team All-State selection by the Associated Press ... Also first-team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Runner-up in voting for 2010 Illinois Mr. Basketball ... Averaged 23.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.8 assists as a senior, leading Centennial to a 31-3 record and fourth-place finish at state ... Averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.4 assists as a junior, leading Centennial to a 32-1 record and IHSA Class 3A state championship ... Named MVP of the 2009 state tournament and scored a team-high 21 points in the 61-59 title-game victory over Oswego ... Centennial High School's all-time leading scorer with 1,810 points ... All-time leading scorer in Champaign-Urbana prep history ... High school coach was Tim Lavin ... Played for the Rising Stars AAU program, coached by Mike Weinstein.
PERSONALBorn July 14, 1992 ... Full name is Rayvonte Detra Rice ... Family calls him Tra (pronounced tray), coming from his middle name ... Majoring in sociology ... Mother is Rhonda Rice ... Mother played basketball at Parkland College ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning state with Centennial in 2009 ... Favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant ... Favorite Illini players growing up were Cory Bradford, Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head.