Illinois Postgame Notes vs. Michigan
Jan. 27, 2013
No. 2/3 Michigan 74, Illinois 60
1. Illinois sold out Assembly Hall tonight for the fourth-straight time. It is the 10th time this season that the Illini have played in front of a sellout crowd. The last time the Illini had at least four consecutive Assembly Hall sellouts was at the end of the 2009-10 regular season, when the Illini sold out the final six home games.
2. Tonight’s game was the “Illini Tie Together” benefit, as Illinois participated in the annual Suits and Sneakers weekend to support Coaches vs. Cancer. A silent auction was held prior to the game, featuring a tie for each Illini player and an autographed Coach Groce tie, with the proceeds benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
3. Prior to the game, Govoner Vaughn was honored, as Illinois raised his Honored Jersey to the rafters of Assembly Hall. Vaughn, alongside Mannie Jackson (whose jersey was honored earlier this month during the Minnesota game), became the first African-American letterwinner and starter for the Illini during the 1957-58 season and completed his career as the No. 3 all-time scorer with 1,001 career points. In addition to Vaughn and Jackson, Illinois will raise Tal Brody’s (1962-65) jersey later this season.
4. With tonight’s loss, Illinois is now 5-38 all-time against top-2 teams. The Illini’s last win over a team in the top two came on Dec. 1, 2004, when then-No. 5 Illinois took down top-ranked Wake Forest, 91-73. Of the five victories, two of them were over Big Ten opponents -- No. 1 Michigan State (57-55, Jan. 11, 1979) and No. 2 Indiana (86-81, Jan. 4, 1965). Illinois is now 2-3 against ranked opponents this season, with both wins coming over teams in the top 10.
5. After Brandon Paul put the Illini up 7-4 on an early three-pointer, Michigan went on an 11-0 run over 6:36 to take a 15-7 lead, until Paul broke the scoring drought with another three. The Illini followed with an 8-2 run to pull within two, 17-15, but were unable to regain the lead. Midway through the second half, Michigan used a 9-0 run to take its largest lead to that point, 50-37, which Paul also snapped on a steal and a breakaway dunk.
6. D.J. Richardson made his 117th career start this evening, moving him into a tie with Bruce Douglas (1983-86) for fifth place all-time at Illinois.
7. With his first three-pointer of the night, Paul moved into the top 10 all-time at Illinois, finishing the game with a total of 181 career made threes.
8. The Illini went 8-for-9 at the line, marking the second-best free-throw percentage of the season, trailing only their 20-for-21 performance against Butler. It was also the second time this season that Illinois only missed one free throw in the game. Illinois entered the game leading the Big Ten in free throw percentage during conference games (.731).
9. Nnanna Egwu equaled his career high with 10 rebounds in the game, marking his second-straight double-digit board performance, after registering 10 at Nebraska.