Illinois Postgame Notes vs. Auburn
Dec. 29, 2012
No. 12 Illinois 81, Auburn 79
1. Illinois improves to 33-11 (.750) all-time at the United Center and snaps a three-game losing streak at the home of the Chicago Bulls. The Illini will return to the "Madhouse on Madison" in March when the Big Ten Tournament returns to the United Center for the first time since 2007.
2. Today's official attendance was 18,136, the highest for an Illini game at the United Center since the 2009 game against Gonzaga, which drew a sellout crowd of 20,917.
3. Illinois improved to 13-1 on the season, equaling the best 14-game start for the Illini since the 2008-09 team, which also started 13-1.
4. Sophomore point guard Tracy Abrams had a career day for the Orange and Blue, pouring in a career-high 27 points and pulling down a career-high eight rebounds. He hit 6-11 field goals and 13-15 free throws, while also adding team highs of five assists and four steals to round out a stellar all-around performance.
5. Illinois forced 20 Auburn turnovers and turned that into a 19-6 edge in points off turnovers. That helped the Illini overcome a 39-31 rebounding deficit and a 24-7 deficit in second chance points.
6. Illinois got to the line a season-high 40 times, making 27 of 40 free throws.
7. The Illini, who averaged 9.8 three-point field goals per game to lead the NCAA going into today's contest, overcame poor three-point shooting, going only 4-of-15 from behind the arc. Good shooting from two-point range, 21-37 (57%), and knocking down 27 free throws.
8. Senior guard Brandon Paul was one of two Illini in double figures today with 13 points. He is the only Illini to score double digits in each of the first 13 games this season.