Nov. 14, 2012
Probable Starters (from the previous game)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other
G 13 Tracy Abrams 6-1 185 So. 14.0 2.5 4.5 50.0 3FG%
G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 Sr. 8.5 5.5 0.5 3 steals
G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 Sr. 17.0 5.5 5.5 13 FTA
F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 220 Sr. 13.5 3.0 0.5 71.4 3FG%
F/C 32 Nnanna Egwu 6-11 235 So. 8.5 5.5 1.5 7 off. reb.
Off the Bench
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other
F 0 Sam McLaurin 6-8 220 Gr. 4.0 5.0 1.0 7 off. reb.
G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-6 195 r-Jr. 7.0 5.5 1.0 50.0 FG%
G 10 Mike LaTulip 6-0 165 Fr. 3.5 0.0 0.0 2-4 FG
F 15 Mike Shaw 6-8 215 So. 2.0 1.5 0.0 1 steal
G/F 20 Myke Henry 6-6 230 So. 4.0 4.0 0.0 50.0 3FG%
G/F 21 Devin Langford 6-7 200 r-Fr. 0.0 1.5 0.5 1 block
F/C 23 Ibby Djimde 6-8 245 So. 0.0 0.0 0.0 4 minutes
G 24 Rayvonte Rice % 6-4 240 Jr.
G 31 Kevin Berardini 6-0 165 r-Jr. 0.0 0.0 0.5 2 minutes
% Rice is sitting out this season per transfer rules.
Head Coach: John Groce
Career Record: 87-56/.608 (5th year)
At Illinois: 2-0/1.000 (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. Hawaii
Series Record: Illinois leads 6-0
Last Meeting: Illinois 68, Hawaii 58 (Dec. 8, 2008 // Champaign, Ill.)
Series Streak: Illinois W-6
Record at Honolulu: Illinois leads 4-0
Series Streak at Honolulu: Illinois W-4
Groce vs. Hawaii: First meeting
Illini Head to the Islands
Following home wins over Colgate and St. Francis (N.Y.), Illinois now embarks on a 10-day trip to Hawaii. The Illini traveled to Chicago after Monday night's game and departed Tuesday morning, arriving in Honolulu Tuesday afternoon following a nine-hour flight. Illinois faces Hawaii Friday evening and will then move on to Maui Saturday morning for the 29th EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, which will be held Nov. 19-21. The Illini are scheduled to leave Maui the night of the 21st and will return to Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, traveling by bus back to Champaign that afternoon.
Friday's Illinois-Hawaii game will be televised only in the state of Hawaii. The good news for Illini fans staying up late, however, is that game also will be streamed live at OCSports.tv. There is no charge for the streaming video.
Illinois will have its usual radio coverage on the Fighting Illini Sports Network. But with Brian Barnhart in Champaign to call Saturday's Illini-Purdue football game, Steve Kelly will handle play-by-play duties from Honolulu alongside expert analyst Jerry Hester.
Non-Conference Road Success
Illinois carries a five-game road non-conference winning streak into Friday's contest at Hawaii. That streak spans the last four seasons, beginning during the 2008-09 campaign. The Illini have two non-conference road games this year, also playing at No. 19 Gonzaga on Dec. 8.
Series History with Hawaii
The Last Meeting
December 8, 2008
Illini Down Warriors, 68-58
Chester Frazier and Dominique Keller each scored 14 points to lead Illinois to a 68-58 win over Hawaii on Monday night. Frazier's tally included four 3-pointers in the first half for Illinois (8-1), which led 39-26 at halftime. Mike Davis added 10 points for the Illini.
Illinois and Hawaii meet for the seventh time, with the Illini winners of all six previous match-ups, including four in Honolulu. This is the first meeting since Illinois won, 68-58, in Champaign in 2008. It is the first time the teams are playing in Hawaii, meanwhile, since 2007, when the Illini fought back from a 13-point second-half deficit to win, 79-77. In that game, Calvin Brock
hit the game-winning basket with five seconds remaining.
Illinois made 13 three-pointers in the season-opening win over Colgate, then drained 11 treys the following game versus St. Francis. These totals are impressive, considering the Illini's season high in 32 games last season was 11 treys.
The last time Illinois made double-digit threes in consecutive games was Nov. 18-19, 2010, when the Illini made 10 triples against both Texas and Maryland at Madison Square Garden.
Illinois has made 24 three-pointers on the young season. That is the program's highest total over a two-game stretch since the 2005 Final Four in St. Louis, when the Illini also totaled 24 treys spanning two games, hitting 12 against both Louisville (national semifinal) and North Carolina (national championship).
Notes from St. Francis
With the 89-64 win over St. Francis (N.Y.), the Illini recorded their 17th straight home non-conference victory, as well as their 29th straight regular season home non-conference win.
The Illini broke the game open with a 15-0 run to end the first half, turning a 30-25 lead into a 45-25 advantage at intermission. The Illini began the second half by outscoring the Terriers 13-4, which included a streak of 10 unanswered points. In all, the Illini outscored St. Francis 28-4 over a 10-minute span, turning what was a five-point advantage into a comfortable 58-29 lead.
Tyler Griffey came within one point of his career high, leading all scorers with 17 points. Griffey made 7-of-10 shots and tied his career best of three 3-pointers, shooting 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
Griffey scored in double figures for the second straight game. It marked the second time in his career he has done so, and the first since the first two games last season.
Tracy Abrams also scored in double figures for the second straight game with 15 points, marking the second time in his career he has reached double digits in back-to-back games.
Nnanna Egwu had 10 points, the second-highest scoring total of his career.
D.J. Richardson made his 200th career 3-pointer.
The Illini had a better than 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, recording 17 assists with only eight turnovers.
Illinois held a 21-to-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
Notes from the Opener
Illinois won its 14th straight season opener with the 75-55 victory over Colgate.
John Groce recorded a victory in his Illini debut, becoming the 10th straight coach to win his first game as Illinois head coach (see box on P. 4 for more details).
Brandon Paul continued his strong play in season openers, leading the Illini with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Over his career, Paul has averaged 18.5 points in season openers (74 points in four games). Paul had 14 points in last year's opener against Loyola, 18 points in just 21 minutes in the 2010 opener versus UC-Irvine, and made his collegiate debut with 22 points against SIU-Edwardsville in 2009.
Illinois made 13 three-pointers, topping last year's season-high (11). Ten of the 13 treys came in the first half.
The Illini outrebounded Colgate 47-to-32, including a 19-4 edge on the offensive glass. Six different players grabbed at least six boards, led by Brandon Paul's eight. Myke Henry pulled down a career-high seven, while D.J. Richardson and Sam McLaurin had seven apiece as well.
The Orange Krush student section held "Orange Hush" during the season opener to welcome Coach Groce to the Illinois sidelines. As a tribute to Groce's alma mater, Taylor University, Krush and the entire Assembly Hall crowd replicated 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.
The idea was a success, as The Hall was eerily quiet from the opening tip until the 15:58 mark of the first half, when Myke Henry nailed a 3-pointer to give Illinois it's 10th, 11th and 12th points of the night and send the Krush and Assembly Hall crowd into a frenzy.