Feb. 7, 2013
Illinois 74, No. 1 Indiana 72
Illinois Postgame Notes
February 7, 2013 // Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill. // Attendance: 16,618
1. For the third time in school history, Illinois knocked off the No. 1 team in the country, defeating top-ranked Indiana for the fourth consecutive time at home. The Illini's previous two victories over No. 1 teams came against Michigan State (Jan. 11, 1979) and Wake Forest (Dec. 1, 2004).
2. Trailing 70-61 with 3:33 remaining, the Illini closed the game on a 13-2 run, which included a solo 8-0 run by senior D.J. Richardson that evened the contest at 70. Richardson also stole the ball with five seconds left before senior Tyler Griffey drained the game-winning layup at the buzzer out of an inbounds pass from senior Brandon Paul.
3. The Illini earned their third victory over a top-10 team this season, marking the seventh time in school history Illinois has defeated at least three top-10 opponents in a season. Illinois also beat No. 10 Gonzaga (Dec. 8) and No. 8 Ohio State (Jan. 5).
4. Illinois now has four wins over opponents in the current AP Top 25, which equals Indiana for the most by any team this season. The Illini are also 4-3 vs. the RPI Top 25.
5. Down 41-29 at halftime, the Illini overcame their second-largest halftime deficit (12) of the season. The Orange and Blue trailed by 13 (28-41) in their last-second overtime win against Hawaii (Nov. 16).
6. Richardson led the Illini back from a 14-point deficit at one point and finished with a game-high 23 points, the second-best performance of his career.
7. Griffey hit a game-winning basket for the second time this season and totaled 14 points, which equaled his second-best output this year. He previously hit a three-pointer to give Illinois a one-point win over Gardner-Webb (Nov. 25). He also broke out of an 0-for-22 three-point shooting slump by draining a pair from distance.
8. Paul tallied his ninth 20-point game this season, finishing with 21 points, which included a pair of free throws to tie the game at 72 with 37 seconds left.
9. The all-time series between Illinois and Indiana is now even at 84 games apiece.
10. Illinois sold out Assembly Hall tonight for the fifth time in the last six games.