Men's Basketball
B1G Tourney Quarterfinal Notes: Illinois vs. Michigan

 
Rayvonte Rice had 13 points in Thursday's first round win over Indiana.
Rayvonte Rice had 13 points in Thursday's first round win over Indiana.
 

 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals: Illinois (19-13) vs. No. 8/9 Michigan (23-7)
 When Fridayday, March 14, 2014 | 11 a.m. CT
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Tracy Abrams poured in 25 points against the Hoosiers.


 Illinois Probable Starters (from previous game)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Note
G 13 Tracy Abrams 6-2 190 Jr. 11.0 3.4 3.2 Season-high 25 points vs. IU Thursday
G 25 Kendrick Nunn 6-3 180 Fr. 6.3 1.6 1.2 11.9 ppg & 19-38 3FG (50%) since starting
G 24 Rayvonte Rice 6-4 235 r-Jr. 15.7 6.0 1.6 16 pts., 9 reb. vs. Michigan on March 4
G 21 Malcolm Hill 6-6 210 Fr. 4.2 2.3 0.5 Shooting 78.2% from FT line (43-of-55)
F/C 32 Nnanna Egwu 6-11 250 Jr. 7.0 6.0 0.4 Tied CH with 5 blocks vs. IU Thursday
 Off the Bench
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Note
G 1 Jaylon Tate 6-3 160 Fr. 1.9 1.0 2.0 2.1 assist/turnover ratio
G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-6 200 r-Sr. 8.6 4.0 0.8 Shooting 47.5% from field (13th in B1G)
G 10 Mike LaTulip 6-1 170 So. 0.9 0.3 0.2 3-of-9 from behind the arc
C 22 Maverick Morgan 610 250 Fr. 1.6 1.3 0.1 Shooting 58.3 percent from field
F 31 Austin Colbert 6-9 210 Fr. 1.4 0.8 0.2 Shooting 50.0 percent from the field
F 33 Jon Ekey 6-7 225 Gr. 7.3 5.1 0.3 Game-winning 3 in final second at Iowa 3/8
G 3 Ahmad Starks * 5-9 170 Sr. 10.4* 2.0* 2.3* Transfer must sit out 2013-14 season
G 11 Aaron Cosby * 6-3 195 Jr. 12.6* 2.5* 3.0* Transfer must sit out 2013-14 season
F 35 Darius Paul * 6-8 220 So. 10.4* 5.7* 1.7* Transfer must sit out 2013-14 season
 *2012-13 stats at former school

March 13, 2014

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: John Groce
Career Record: 127-82/.608 (6th year)
At Illinois: 42-26/.618 (2nd year)
Big Ten: 15-21/.417
Big Ten Tournament: 2-1/.667
Assistant Coaches: Dustin Ford (2nd year), Paris Parham (2nd year), Jamall Walker (2nd year)
Special Assistant to the Head Coach: Ryan Pedon (1st year)

Series Notes vs. Michigan
All-Time Series Record: Illinois leads 85-77
Series Record in Big Ten Tournament: Illinois leads 2-1
This Season's Meeting:  #12 Michigan 84, Illinois 53 (March 4 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Michigan W-6
Groce vs. Michigan at Illinois: 0-3
Groce vs. Michigan All-Time: 1-3

Notes from Thursday's Big Ten Tournament Victory Over Indiana
1. Illinois advances to the BTT quarterfinals vs. top-seeded and eighth-ranked Michigan. The Illini and Wolverines met just once during the regular season, an 84-53 loss for Illinois 10 days ago on Senior Night in Champaign.

2. Illinois has now won five of its last six games, with four of those five wins coming away from home (three on the road and one neutral site).

3. Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 25 points, just two shy of matching his career-high. Abrams hit 8-of-16 from the field, 2-of-5 from three and 7-of-9 from the line while also adding a game-high seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes.

4. Nnanna Egwu was a force defensively, equaling his career-high and setting an Illini BTT record with five blocked shots. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Egwu now has 71 blocks this season, the second-best single-season total in school history behind Derek Holcomb's school-record 86 in 1979. Egwu's career total of 140 blocks ranks fifth on the UI career list, six behind fourth-place James Griffin (1979-82). 5. Rayvonte Rice had 13 points, reaching double figures for the fifth straight game and 10th in the last 12. In three games against Indiana this season, Rice averaged 20.7 points.

6. Kendrick Nunn also scored in double figures with 10. Nunn is now averaging 11.9 points (107) over his nine games in the starting lineup. He has scored in double figures seven times as a starter, including five of the last six games.

7. Illinois (40.0 percent) shot better than Indiana (35.3 percent), making the Illini 13-0 this season and 26-1 overall under head coach John Groce when outshooting their opponent.

8. A Game of Runs: The Illini started the game on a 9-0 run over the first 5:41. Later, they used an 11-0 in the second half to take control of the game, turning a 38-33 deficit with 13:53 left into a 44-38 lead at the 10:06 mark. They then put the game away by scoring 11 of the game's final 13 points after the Hoosiers closed to 53-52 with 2:13 remaining.

9. After allowing the Hoosiers to hit 6-of-10 threes in the first half, the Illini defense tightened up and held Indiana to 0-of-10 from behind the arc in the second half. The Orange and Blue forced 16 IU turnovers, turning those mistakes into 22 points on the offensive end. The UI defense also limited Big Ten Freshman of the Year Noah Vonleh to just 6 points on 3-of-9 shooting and Yogi Ferrell into 3-of-13 shooting.

10. The Illini improved to 6-2 against Indiana in Big Ten Tournament games and 5-1 in BTT first round games. The all-time series between Illinois and Indiana is now tied at 86.

Illini Big Ten Tournament Notes
• Illinois has the second-most all-time Big Ten Tournament (BTT) wins with 25.

• The Illini also own the second-best all-time BTT winning percentage at .641 (25-14).

• Illinois has won two BTT championships (2003 and 2005), one of five conference schools to win multiple titles.

• Illinois also has the second-most BTT championship game appearances, advancing to the title game six times.

• Illinois has advanced to the BTT semifinals 12 times, the most semifinal appearances of any school.

• After improving to 5-1 in BTT opening round games with Thursday's win over Indiana, Illinois now faces top-seeded Michigan in the quarterfinals. Illinois is 12-3 all-time in BTT quaterfinal games.

• Illinois is now 1-1 in the BTT as a 9 seed, and 9-9 in BTT games when seeded lower.

• Illinois is now 9-8 in the BTT in Indianapolis.

• Illinois is 2-1 against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. The teams most recently met in the 2011 BTT quarterfinal, a 60-55 victory by the fourth-seeded Wolverines over the fifth-seeded Illini. Illinois' last win over Michigan in the BTT came in the 2009 quarterfinal, a 60-50 win by the second-seeded Illini over the seventh-seeded Wolverines.

• Illinois is attempting to win multiple games in the same BTT for the first time since 2008.

• Illinois is 0-4 all-time vs. the No. 1 seed in the BTT.

Illini Items
• No. 8 Michigan marks the 11th ranked opponent (AP poll) on the Illini schedule. Illinois is 3-7 against ranked teams this season, defeating No. 22 Missouri (Dec. 21), No. 18 Michigan State (March 1) and No. 24 Iowa (March 8).

• Illinois' last win over a ranked team in the Big Ten Tournament was 58-54 victory over No. 13 Wisconsin in the 2010 quarterfinal (March 12, 2010).

• Illinois' last win over a Top-10 team was a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana last season (Feb. 7, 2013).

• Illinois has four RPI Top 50 wins since Feb. 19, most in the nation over that time span. Michigan is currently ranked 10th in the RPI.

• Following Thursday's 64-54 win over Indiana, Illinois has now limited the opponent to 65 points or less in 18 of its 19 wins this season, and 25 of its last 26 wins dating back to Feb. 10 of last year.

• In its last seven wins, Illini opponents have averaged 53.0 points (371).

• Illinois' defense has averaged 9.0 steals over the last six games (54).

A Look Back at the Last Illinois-Michigan Game: #12 Michigan 84, Illini 53 (March 4)
Michigan torched the nets at State Farm Center on March 4 en route to winning the outright Big Ten title. The Wolverines shot a blistering 69.6 percent from behind the arc, equaling the arena record with 16 three-pointers in 23 attempts. The Illini could not keep pace, despite shooting 54.2 percent in the first half. Illinois was outscored by 42 points from 3-point range, leading to the end of its three-game win streak.

Rayvonte Rice fell one rebound shy of a double-double, leading the Orange and Blue with 16 points and nine boards. Kendrick Nunn, meanwhile, totaled 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Complete Illinois-Michigan Note (PDF)

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