Illinois Postgame Notes vs. Purdue
Feb. 13, 2013
Illinois 79, Purdue 59
1. Tonight’s win marks the Illini’s third-straight victory in a matter of seven days. With the win, the Illini improve to 18-8, surpassing their win total from the 2011-12 season.
2. The victory snaps an eight-game losing streak vs. Purdue, with Illinois’ most recent win coming on Feb. 8, 2009. This is the first time that any current member of the Fighting Illini has defeated the Boilermakers.
3. The Illini tabbed a season-best 20 offensive rebounds in the game, marking the first 20-rebound game since Mar. 24, 2010, when Illinois put up 20 offensive boards against Dayton in the NIT. Additionally, the Illini snagged 50 percent of their own misses, tying the USC game (15-of-30) for the season high.
4. Illinois had its biggest halftime lead of the season in Big Ten play, finishing the first half with a 14-point advantage. Prior to tonight, Illinois had held a 12-point lead over a Big Ten opponent twice, outscoring No. 8 Ohio State, 37-25, and Nebraska, 35-23. The Illini went on to win both contests by an average of 19.5 points. Illinois’ largest halftime lead of the season came on Nov. 19, when the Orange and Blue were up by 31 (57-26) on USC at the Maui Invitational.
5. The Illini’s 79 points are the most they have scored in a Big Ten game this season. The 20-point margin ties their conference high, also defeating Nebraska, 71-51.
6. The Illini earned their fifth Big Ten victory of the season tonight. This was the fourth time out of those five wins that the Illini held their opponents to fewer than 60 points.
7. The Illini had 14 assists in the game, their most in Big Ten play this season. Illinois recorded a season-high 17 assists twice in non-conference play, most recently against USC. Tracy Abrams contributed half of the team’s assists, tallying seven, which is one fewer than his career high.
8. Joseph Bertrand led the Illini with a career-high and team-season-high 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards. The junior added nine points in the game, narrowly missing the double-double.
9. D.J. Richardson went 8-for-8 at the free-throw line, the most makes-without-a-miss by an Illini this season. Additionally, the eight made free throws ties his career high.
10. Tonight’s game began very differently than the previous win against Minnesota. On Sunday, the Illini did not have a field goal, scoring just four points, in the first 9:30. Tonight, the Illini hit nine field goals for 22 points in the first 9:30 of the game. After taking a 6-4 lead 2:54 into the game, Illinois never trailed through the remainder of the game.