Jan. 7, 2012
Illinois 59, Nebraska 54
Illinois Postgame Notes
Jan. 7, 2012 // Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill. // Attendance: 14,909
1. With the win, Illinois is now 10-0 at home this season and has won 13 consecutive contests at Assembly Hall dating back to last season. The victory also marks the fifth straight Big Ten home victory.
2. With the win Illinois improves to 8-2 overall against Nebraska and gives head coach Bruce Weber his first career victory over the Cornhuskers. This also marked the first meeting with Nebraska since Nov. 24, 1990.
3. Joseph Bertrand continued his hot shooting streak, hitting 11-of-12 field goals for a career-best 25 points, the most by an Illini in a game this season. In the previous five contests, Bertrand has connected on 34-of-47 (72.3 percent) from the field and is averaging 15.0 points per game. Bertrand's 25 points marks the most scored in a single game by an Illini since Mike Tisdale had 25 vs. Iowa on Feb. 26, 2011.
4. Dating back to the 57-56 victory at Northwestern, Bertrand made 12 consecutive field goals, hitting on his final four against the Wildcats before connecting on eight straight against Nebraska. Previously this season Bertrand went 9-of-9 against Missouri before hitting his first four against Minnesota for 13 consecutive made field goals.
5. The Orange and Blue held Nebraska to 25 first-half points through a strong defensive effort that included forcing 12 turnovers against allowing only eight made field goals. Nebraska wasn't able to attempt their first shot until 17:05 remained in the half and did not make its first bucket until 4:12 into the game.
6. Illinois improves to 5-1 in games decided by five or fewer points on the season with the win. The Illini are also 9-1 in games decided by single digits.
7. The Orange and Blue came back from a halftime deficit for the fourth time this season, outscoring Nebraska 37-29 in the second stanza after trailing 25-22 at the break. Illinois is now 5-3 in games they have trailed or been tied at the half. Last season, the Illini were 1-8 in those games.
8. The Illini shot better than 50 percent (23-of-44, 52.3%) for the sixth time this season and first since shooting exactly 50 percent against Missouri in the Braggin' Rights Game.
9. Illinois took much better care of the ball after the break. The Illini had just two second-half turnovers after tallying 12 miscues in the first half. The Illini also forced 20 Nebraska turnovers, the most by the Huskers this season.
10. The Illini dominated the game inside, owning a 34-12 advantage in points in the paint. The 22-point margin marks the second biggest for the Orange and Blue this season behind the 28-point gap against Chicago State.