Illinois Postgame Notes at Northwestern
Feb. 17, 2013
Illinois 62, Northwestern 41
1. Tonight's win was the fourth in a row for the Fighting Illini, who find themselves in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Big Ten at 6-7 with Iowa and Minnesota.
2. The win marked the second straight Big Ten road win for the Illini and the third conference road win in their last four games
3. Illinois now leads the all-time series against Northwestern 130-28, and holds a 60-24 advantage in games played in Evanston.
4. Illinois blew the game open with a 26-0 run spanning 9:29 (last 2:55 of first half and first 6:34 of second half). The Illini ended the first half on a 10-0 run to turn a slim 19-15 lead with 2:55 remaining into a 29-15 halftime lead, then scored the first 16 points of the second half to push the lead to 45-15. Northwestern went 11:53 without a field goal until a Wildcat layup ended the Illini run at the 13:26 mark of the second half.
5. Illinois' defense well stellar all night. Northwestern's first half points (15), total points (41) and field goal percentage (25.0 percent) were the lowest totals for an Illini opponent this season. The 41 points equal the lowest point total allowed by the Illini since giving up 38 to Penn State on Feb. 18, 2009 (also allowed 41 points to Michigan State on Jan. 31, 2012).
6. Illinois jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never relinquished it, marking the ninth time this season the Fighting Illini have won a game without trailing at any point.
7. Senior guard D.J. Richardson led the Illini in scoring with 18 points, his eighth straight game in double-figures. Richardson also added a game-high eight rebounds and hit two three-pointers, extending his streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 33.
8. Tonight, Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena was invaded by over 150 Orange Krush members. The Krush arrived in three bus loads and donned purple Northwestern gear until tip, when they ripped off the purple shirts to reveal their Krush attire. Throughout the game they led the orange-clad crowd in Illinois cheers and waited long after the game to cheer Coach Groce and the Illini players as the exited the locker room.