Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Nebraska - February 26, 2014
Feb. 26, 2014
Illinois Postgame Notes
1. The Illini won back-to-back games for the first time since the start of Big Ten play when they knocked off Indiana (12/31/13) and Penn State (1/4/14).
2. Illinois snapped its five-game home losing streak, ending its longest-ever skid at State Farm Center. The Illini also snapped Nebraska's five-game winning streak.
3. UI earned its 899th Big Ten win in program history, which is tied with Purdue for the most Big Ten conference wins all-time.
4. Illinois held its opponent to under 50 points for the third consecutive game, as the Huskers were held to their lowest point total of the season at 49.
5. Illinois' defense shut down the Big Ten's leading scorer Terran Petteway (18.4 ppg), forcing him to a 1-of-13 start from the field and limiting him to 13 points.
6. After committing seven turnovers and nabbing only one steal in the first half, the Illini took care of the ball and stepped up on the defensive end with only two turnovers and 10 steals in the second half. UI reached double-digit steals (11) for the second time this season, one shy of its season-high 12 vs. Indiana (12/31/13).
7. The Illini used a 12-0 spurt over a 2:44 span midway through the second half to pull away from the Huskers. They turned a one-point game (38-37) at the 12:33 mark into a 13-point lead (50-37) at the 9:49 mark. Nebraska would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
8. The Orange and Blue hit nine three-pointers, marking their most in a Big Ten game this season. This came after they hit eight three-pointers at Minnesota, which was their previous top mark in conference play.
9. Illinois held a 16-5 advantage in second-chance points after grabbing 11 offensive rebounds compared to just three by Nebraska.
10. The Illini committed a season-low 11 personal fouls while holding Nebraska to a season-low seven free throw attempts.
11. Freshman Kendrick Nunn continued his hot shooting from beyond the arc, connecting on 3-of-4 three-pointers on his way to a team-high 13 points. Along with his 5-of-7 performance from deep at Minnesota, he has hit eight of his last 11 three-pointers (.727).
12. Nunn is averaging 13.0 ppg over the past five games since entering the starting lineup. He averaged 4.1 ppg off the bench in his first 23 games.
13. Freshman Malcolm Hill reached double figures for the third time in his career, scoring 10 points by matching his career-high of two three-pointers and making all four free throws.
14. Junior Tracy Abrams did not commit a turnover for the fourth time this season and dished out five assists.
15. Junior Rayvonte Rice just missed his second double-double, finishing with a team-high nine rebounds and 10 points.