John Groce will make his Illini coaching debut Friday night against Colgate.
Nov. 7, 2012
|Game 1: Illinois (0-0) vs. Colgate (0-0) // EA SPORTS Maui Invitational|
|Date||Friday, Nov. 9, 2012|
|Time||7 p.m. CT|
|Location||Champaign, Ill. | Assembly Hall (16,618)|
|Television||No Live TV (Tape-delayed on BTN Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. CT)
|Internet Stream||BTN.com Student U (Max Tane, Kyle Milnamow and Taylor Rooks)
|Radio||Illini Sports Network | Listen|
|Live Stats||Gametracker | Mobile Stats|
|Printable Game Notes||Illinois | Colgate | Big Ten|
|2011-12 Statistics||Illinois | Colgate|
|Preview Interviews||Groce Press Conference|
|Social Media||@IlliniHoops | #Illini | Facebook | YouTube|
Probable Starters (from the previous game - averages listed are from 2011-12 season)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 13 Tracy Abrams 6-1 185 So. 4.3 2.3 1.9 40.8 FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 Sr. 11.6 3.0 1.7 34.8 3FG% G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-6 195 r-Jr. 6.5 2.7 1.3 53.8 FG% F 0 Sam McLaurin # 6-8 220 Gr. 10.0 7.5 1.0 1.2 bpg F/C 32 Nnanna Egwu 6-11 235 So. 1.9 1.5 0.2 47.4 FG% # McLaurin's listed stats are from Coastal Carolina
Off the Bench (averages listed are from 2011-12 season)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 Sr. 14.7 4.7 2.9 1.4 spg G 10 Mike LaTulip 6-0 165 Fr. F 15 Mike Shaw 6-8 215 So. 0.9 1.9 0.3 7.0 mpg G/F 20 Myke Henry 6-6 230 So. 3.2 1.1 0.1 45.2 FG% G/F 21 Devin Langford 6-7 200 r-Fr. F/C 23 Ibby Djimde 6-8 245 So. 0.3 0.8 0.0 3.6 mpg G 24 Rayvonte Rice % 6-4 240 Jr. 16.8 5.8 1.6 1.9 spg G 31 Kevin Berardini 6-0 165 r-Jr. 0.0 0.0 0.0 6 minutes F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 220 Sr. 4.9 3.3 0.6 44 off. reb. % Rice's listed stats are from Drake. Rice is sitting out this season per transfer rules.
Head Coach: John Groce
Career Record: 85-56/.603 (5th year)
At Illinois: 0-0/.000 (1st year)
Assistant Coaches: Dustin Ford (1st year), Paris Parham (1st year), Jamall Walker (1st year)
Special Assistant to the Head Coach: Brandon Miller (1st year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Mark Morris (1st year)
Video Coordinator: Andy Etheridge (1st year)
Series Notes vs. Colgate
Series Record: Illinois leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Illinois 88, Colgate 50 (Dec. 30, 1961 at Chicago)
Series Streak: Illinois W-3
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 2-0
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-2
Groce vs. Colgate: 0-0
Illinois men's basketball season and single-game tickets are currently available. Season tickets in C-level are $399. Single-game tickets range from $22-$45. Tickets can be purchased online at fightingillini.com, by phone at 1-866-ILLINI-1, or in person at the Illinois Ticket Office at the Assembly Hall.
Tickets for the United Center game vs. Auburn on Dec. 29 will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday (Nov. 9) at 11 am. Big Ten Tournament tickets also are available through Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Illini in Season Openers
Illinois opens its 108th season of men's basketball on Friday. The Fighting Illini have posted an all-time record of 94-13 (.879) in season openers and have won their last 13 openers, an active streak that began during the 1999-2000 season.
Illinois, meanwhile, is 92-15 (.860) in home openers. The Illini are 42-7 (.857) in home openers at the Assembly Hall and have won their last 13 home openers at The Hall, another streak that began during the 1999-2000 campaign.
New Era of Fighting Illini Basketball
John Groce enters his first season as head coach of the Fighting Illini after taking the Ohio Bobcat program to new heights during his four seasons in Athens. Groce led the Bobcats to Mid-American Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in both 2010 and 2012. Ohio won a school-record 29 games last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 with victories over No. 4 seed Michigan and No. 12 seed South Florida before falling to top-seeded North Carolina in overtime in the regional final. The Bobcats finished the season ranked 25th in the Coaches poll. Groce recorded a total of three NCAA Tournament wins at Ohio, as the Bobcats also defeated No. 3 seed Georgetown in 2010.
To recognize Coach Groce's inaugural game on Friday, the Orange Krush student section encourages everyone in attendance to join them by participating in "Orange Hush." As a tribute to Groce's alma mater, Taylor University, Krush will replicate Taylor's famous tradition of "Silent Night," where at one designated game each season, the entire gym remains silent from tip-off until the Trojans score their 10th point. When that point is scored, the crowd then erupts into a wild celebration. This activity has grown in popularity each year at Taylor and is documented in a popular YouTube video.
Orange Krush would like to tip their cap to the students at Taylor who originated this idea by performing their own version of it against Colgate. Therefore, Krush asks all fans to refrain from cheering or clapping until the Illini score their 10th point. Once that happens, fans should immediately fill the Assembly Hall with applause. Orange Hush will be a memorable way to start the career of Taylor alum John Groce as he begins his tenure in charge of the Fighting Illini basketball program.
Friday's game vs. Colgate will be streamed live at BTN.com and FightingIllini.com. The video streams are part of the Illini All-Access package via the Big Ten Digital Network, available through monthly or annual subscription. The Illini All-Access subscription includes all BTN.com streaming events involving Illini athletics. The service is $9.95 per month and fans can sign-up at FightingIllini.com.
The game will be televised tape-delay. The BTN is scheduled to air the Colgate game on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 9 p.m.
Illinois has one more game that will be streamed at BTN.com; the Western Carolina contest on Dec. 4.
Last Time Out: Exhibition Play
Illinois was victorious in two exhibition game tune-ups in preparation for the season, defeating Lewis, 79-47 on Oct. 27 and West Chester, 75-66, on Nov. 4.
Eleven players reached the scoring column versus Lewis, with three in double figures. D.J. Richardson led the Illini with 12 points while Myke Henry and Sam McLaurin added 11 each. Brandon Paul tallied nine points along with five assists, and Tyler Griffey grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Four different Illini scored in double figures against West Chester, led by Tracy Abrams, who scored a game-high 17 points while also tallying seven rebounds and three steals. Joseph Bertrand scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting, and Brandon Paul added 12. Sam McLaurin, meanwhile, nearly registered a double-double, totaling 11 points and nine boards.