Illinois Postgame Notes vs. Minnesota
Jan. 9, 2013
No. 8/10 Minnesota 84, No. 12/13 Illinois 67
1. Illinois sold out Assembly Hall tonight for the second-straight game, as the Orange and Blue played in front of a sellout crowd for the seventh time this season. The last pair of back-to-back Assembly Hall sellouts came in the final two home games of the 2010-11 season.
2. Tonight’s game marked the third time ever that the Illini played back-to-back top-10 teams in Big Ten play and the first time since 1987, when the Orange and Blue lost at No. 4 Iowa and at home to No. 6 Purdue.
3. Illinois led early in the game, but a 7-0 run by Minnesota from 6:45 to 4:47 in the first half put the Golden Gophers ahead, and they never again surrendered the lead. Minnesota opened the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 42-30 lead. The Orange and Blue then gained momentum, going on a 12-2 run from 16:20 to 12:38 to pull within two, but a steal by Austin Hollins ended the Illini’s bid for a tie, and 19 seconds later, Minnesota led by nine. The Gophers finished the night with a 12-4 run to close with their largest lead of the night, 84-67.
4. Nnanna Egwu tied his career high and the team’s season high with nine rebounds.
5. Minnesota entered the game leading the conference in offensive rebound percentage, grabbing 50 percent of its missed shots. The Illini limited the Gophers to just seven boards on 27 chances, or 26 percent. Prior to tonight, Minnesota had never been held to single digits on offensive boards, with a season low of 11. Additionally, the Illini outscored the Gophers 22-12 in second-chance points.
6. Illinois tied its season low for turnovers, losing the ball just seven times on the night, while forcing 15 turnovers. However, the Gophers capitalized more on their turnovers, with the Illini narrowly outscoring Minnesota, 17-14.
7. Brandon Paul notched his seventh 20-point game of the season with a team-high 21 points. He extended his double-digit scoring streak to 17 games (every game of 2012-13), which is his longest career streak.