Illinois Postgame Notes at Nebraska
Jan. 22, 2013
Illinois 71, Nebraska 51
1. Illinois' win over Nebraska ended a three-game losing streak. The victory also snapped a nine-game Big Ten road losing streak dating back to a 57-56 win at Northwestern on Jan. 4, 2012.
2. The Illini never trailed against the Huskers, marking the eighth time this season that Illinois has won without falling behind at any point in the game.
3. Illinois senior guar D.J. Richardson had a career night, pouring in 30 points to shatter his previous career-high of 20, which he had done three times, most recently against Copping State on Dec. 11, 2011. Richardson hit a career-high nine field goals on 14 attempts, nailed a career-high six three-pointers on nine attempts, and was perfect on six free throw attempts.
4. Richardson's six made threes gives him 241 for his career and move him into third place on the Illinois career made three-pointers list, past Richard Keene (237 3FGM from 1993-96) and Demetri McCamey (236 3FGM from 2008-11). Richardson also made his 116th career start, moving into a tie for sixth on the UI career starts list with Brian Cook (2000-03).
5. As of Jan. 22, there have been five 30-point games by Big Ten players. Two of those five belong to the Illini - D.J. Richardson (30 at Nebraska on 1/22/13) and Brandon Paul (35 at Gonzaga 12/3/12). The others are Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas (31 vs. Washington on 11/18/12), Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble (30 vs. Northern Iowa on 12/15/12) and Minnesota's Andre Hollins (41 vs. Memphis on 11/23/12).
6. Illinois dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Huskers 40-28 for the game while pulling down 14 offensive rebounds. Sophomore forward/center Nnanna Egwu pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, marking the first double-digit rebound game for an Illini player this season.
7. Junior guard Joseph Bertrand had an impressive all-around game against the Huskers with a career-high five steals and a season high-tying seven rebounds to go along with eight points in 27 minutes.
8. The win over Nebraska was the 100th of Illinois coach John Groce's career. The first-year Illinois coach is now 100-61 in five seasons as a head coach.