B1G Tourney Quarterfinal Notes: Illinois vs. Michigan
March 13, 2014
Series Notes vs. Michigan
Notes from Thursday's Big Ten Tournament Victory Over Indiana
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
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.
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).
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