Rayvonte Rice has netted double figures in all three games and leads the Illini in scoring on the season, averaging 17.7 points.
Nov. 16, 2013
|Game 4: Illinois (3-0) vs. Bradley (4-0)|
|When||Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 | 5 p.m. CT|
|Location||Champaign, Ill. | State Farm Center (16,618) | Fan Guide | Parking Map|
|Tickets||Single-game Tickets | Seating Chart|
|Watch Online||Live Video ($) | Sign-up for BTDN/Illini All-Access|
|Listen||Illini Sports Network | Listen (All-Access)|
|Live Stats||Gametracker | Mobile Stats|
|Printable Game Notes||Illinois | Bradley | Big Ten|
|Season Stats||Illinois | Bradley | Big Ten|
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Illinois Probable Starters (from previous game)
|G||13||Tracy Abrams||6-2||190||Jr.||11.3||3.7||2.7||Team-high 3 steals|
|G||24||Rayvonte Rice||6-4||235||r-Jr.||17.7||6.3||1.3||93.3% FT (14-of-15)|
|G||2||Joseph Bertrand||6-6||200||r-Sr.||16.0||8.0||2.0||Shooting 60.7% from field|
|F||33||Jon Ekey||6-7||225||Gr.||5.0||7.7||0.3||CH 15 rebounds vs. Valpo|
|F/C||32||Nnanna Egwu||6-11||250||Jr.||10.0||6.7||0.0||3.3 blocks per game|
Off the Bench
|Pos.||No.||Name||Ht.||Wt.||Yr.||PPG||RPG||APG||Note||G||1||Jaylon Tate||6-3||160||Fr.||4.0||0.3||4.3||10 pts, 8 ast. vs. Jax St.|
|G||10||Mike LaTulip||6-1||170||So.||3.0||0.3||0.3||3-4 3FG|
|G||21||Malcolm Hill||6-6||210||Fr.||5.0||4.3||1.0||16 FTA|
|C||22||Maverick Morgan||610||250||Fr.||1.3||1.7||0.0||2 blocks||G||25||Kendrick Nunn||6-3||180||Fr.||1.3||1.0||0.7||1 steal|
|F||31||Austin Colbert||6-9||210||Fr.||2.0||1.3||0.3||1 block|
|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|
Head Coach: John Groce
Career Record: 111-69/.617 (5th year)
At Illinois: 26-13/.667 (2nd year)
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. Bradley
Series Record: Illinois leads 13-3
Last Meeting: Bradley 72, No. 20 Illinois 68 (Nov. 28, 2009 in Las Vegas)
Series Streak: Bradley W-1
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 8-1
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-5
Groce vs. Bradley: First meeting
3-0 Illinois will play its final game in a four-game, nine-day stretch, hosting 4-0 Bradley on Sunday. It also is the fourth game of a five-game home stand for the Illini to open the season.
Illinois is aiming for a 4-0 start for the third consecutive season.
Joseph Bertrand is the only player still on the UI roster from the last time Illinois and Bradley played - a 72-68 BU victory. Bertrand was on the Illini bench, sitting out as that season as a redshirt.
This is the first Illinois-Bradley game in Champaign in 16 years, since a 69-59 UI win on Nov. 17, 1997.
Three Illini have scored in double figures in all three games this season. Rayvonte Rice was the UI's leading scorer vs. Alabama State (22 points) and Valparaiso (18) and added 13 vs. Jacksonville State. Joseph Bertrand had a season-high 20 points vs. Jacksonville State and had 14 each vs. Alabama State and Valparaiso. Nnanna Egwu, meanwhile, has been consistent, totaling 10 points against each of the three opponents.
Sunday's game vs. Bradley will be streamed live at FightingIllini.com. The video streams are part of the Illini All-Access package via the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN), available through monthly or annual subscription. The Illini All-Access subscription includes all streamed 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 Illinois-Bradley game on Monday (Nov. 18) at 2 p.m.
Illinois has one more game that will be streamed as part of the BTDN; the Dartmouth contest on Dec. 10.
Ford Brothers Reunite
There are more than coaching ties between the Illini and Bradley staffs; it crosses over to family. Geno Ford is now in his third season in charge of the BU program. He is the older brother of Illini assistant coach Dustin Ford. The brothers were both standout players at Ohio University, Geno from 1994-97 and Dustin from 1998-2001. Geno was then on the Bobcat bench as an assistant coach during part of Dustin's playing career.
This is not the first time the Fords are on opposing sidelines, however. Prior to taking over at Bradley, Geno was head coach at Kent State for three seasons. Dustin also was in the Mid-American Conference at that time, serving as an assistant coach at Ohio for John Groce.
Notes from Wednesday's Win over Valparaiso
1. Illinois improved to 3-0 with the 64-52 victory. It marks the 14th-straight season the Illini have started the season with at least three consecutive wins, a streak that began in 2000-01.
2. Illinois won its 25th straight non-conference game at State Farm Center, and extended its home court winning streak in regular-season non-conference games to 36 in a row.
3. Illinois is now 11-0 in November under head coach John Groce, and overall has won its last 22 games in the month of November.
4. Owning a two-point lead (49-47) with under five minutes left, Illinois finished the game by outscoring the Crusaders 15-5, led by a 13-1 run that made the score 62-48 with 37 seconds remaining.
5. The Illini never trailed in the game and have not trailed over the past 117:05 of 120 minutes this season after only falling behind briefly in the opening minutes of the season opener against Alabama State.
6. UI overcame its third-lowest shooting performance (31.8 percent) under coach Groce thanks to stingy defense that held the Crusaders to just 32.7 percent (17-of-52) from the field.
7. Rayvonte Rice led the Orange and Blue in scoring for the second time in three games with a game-high 18 points.
8. Illinois won the rebounding battle 49-36, led by Jon Ekey, who grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds (8 offensive), marking the most by an Illini since Meyers Leonard had 16 boards vs. Cornell (Dec. 19, 2011). Ekey's previous career best at Illinois State was 13 rebounds, which he totaled twice.
10. Former Illini great Roger Powell Jr., who is now in his third season as an assistant coach at Valparaiso, was on the opposing bench. Powell played at Illinois from 2002-05, helping the Illini to three Big Ten titles and 114 wins during his career. He totaled 1,178 points with the Orange and Blue, currently ranked 32nd on the school's all-time scoring list.