Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes for Maui Invitational

Coach Groce during an interview for ESPN on Sunday before the Maui Invitational starts.
Coach Groce during an interview for ESPN on Sunday before the Maui Invitational starts.

Nov. 18, 2012

 Games 4-6 // Illinois (3-0) at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
 Tournament Dates Monday, Nov. 19 - Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 | Tournament Bracket
 Location Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii | Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
 Monday Game Info Illinois (3-0) vs. USC (2-0) // Monday, Nov. 19 // 11 pm CT / 7 pm HT
 Tuesday Game Info Illinois vs. Texas or Chaminade // Tuesday, Nov. 20 // 4 or 9:30 pm CT
 Monday Television ESPN2 |
    Announcers: Sean McDonough (PBP), Bill Raftery & Jay Bilas (Analysts)
 Radio Illini Sports Network | Listen
    Announcers: Brian Barnhart (PBP) & Jerry Hester (Analyst)
 Live Coverage Live Stats
 Printable Game Notes Illinois | USC | Big Ten
 Season Stats Illinois | USC | Big Ten
 Preview Interviews Groce/O'Neill Press Conference | Groce Interview
 Social Media @IlliniHoops   |  #Illini | Facebook | YouTube

Probable Starters (from the previous game)

Pos.	No.	Name    	Ht.	Wt.	Yr.	PPG	RPG	APG	Other
G	13 	Tracy Abrams 	6-1	185	So.	16.7	3.3	4.0	50.0 3FG%
G	1	D.J. Richardson	6-3	195	Sr.	11.0	5.7	0.7	4 steals
G	3	Brandon Paul	6-4	200	Sr.	19.7	4.3	4.3	21 FTA
F	42	Tyler Griffey	6-9	220	Sr.	9.7	3.0	0.7	57.1 FG%
F/C	32	Nnanna Egwu	6-11	235	So.	7.0	5.3	1.3	9 off. reb.

Off the Bench

Pos.	No.	Name    	Ht. 	Wt.	Yr.	PPG	RPG	APG	Other
F	0	Sam McLaurin 	6-8	220	Gr.	4.3	4.3	0.7	8 off. reb.
G	2	Joseph Bertrand	6-6	195	r-Jr.	5.3	4.3	0.7	46.7 FG%
G	10	Mike LaTulip	6-0	165	Fr.	3.0	0.0	0.0	2-4 FG
F	15	Mike Shaw	6-8	215	So.	1.3	1.0	0.0	1 steal
G/F	20	Myke Henry	6-6	230	So.	2.7	3.0	0.0	2-4 3FG%
G/F	21	Devin Langford	6-7	200	r-Fr.	0.0	1.0	0.3	1 block
F/C	23	Ibby Djimde	6-8	245	So.	0.0	0.3	0.0	6 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.

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: John Groce
Career Record: 88-56/.611 (5th year)
At Illinois: 3-0/1.000 (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. USC
Series Record: USC leads 6-2
Last Meeting:  Illinois 90, USC 77 (March 14, 1997 // Charlotte, N.C.)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Record at Neutral Sites: USC leads 2-1
Series Streak at Netural Sites: Illinois W-1
Groce vs. USC: First meeting

Illini Continue Trip Through the Islands
Illinois is currently on a 10-day trip to Hawaii that includes four games in six days. The Illini traveled to Chicago after a home game last Monday evening and departed Tuesday morning, arriving in Honolulu Tuesday afternoon. Following the 78-77 overtime victory over Hawaii Friday night, Illinois then traveled to Maui Saturday morning in preparation for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Illini are scheduled to leave Maui on Wednesday night and will land in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, traveling by bus back to Champaign that afternoon. Illinois' next game after returning to campus is at home versus Gardner-Webb on Sunday (Nov. 25).

Illini in Maui
Illinois is making its fourth appearance in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, and its first under Head Coach John Groce. The Illini own an all-time record of 6-3 at the Maui Invite, finishing second in 2000 and third in 1987 as well as its last trip in 2007.

Illinois' all-time results at the Maui Invitational:
Illinois 73, Baylor 50 (11/27/87)
Villanova 78, Illinois 76 (11/28/87)
Illinois 81, #7 Kansas 75 (11/29/87)
#8 Illinois 74, UNLV 69 (11/20/2000)
#8 Illinois 90, #6 Maryland 80 (11/21/2000)
#1 Arizona 79, #8 Illinois 76 (11/22/2000)
Illinois 77, Arizona State 54 (11/19/07)
#13 Duke 79, Illinois 66 (11/20/07)
Illinois 65, Oklahoma State 49 (11/21/07)

Richardson's Buzzer Beater Downs Hawaii
The Illini improved to 3-0 on the young season and secured their first road victory with a dramatic come-from-behind win at Hawaii on Friday night, 78-77, in overtime. Illinois trailed for the majority of the game and by as many as 16 points in the second half before rallying and eventually winning on a D.J. Richardson 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.

Illinois struggled offensively in the first half, totaling just 28 points, with Tracy Abrams and Brandon Paul combining for all but three of those points. But the Illini warmed up after intermission and continued to chip away at the lead. The Illini took their first lead of the night on a basket by Abrams with 2:53 left. A three-pointer by Paul with 1:27 to go put the UI up two, but Hawaii forced overtime with a basket at the end of regulation by Vander Joaquim. Illinois then trailed by five in overtime but fought back once again. Down two with the ball and 7.5 seconds left, Abrams drove length of the floor, penetrated to the basket, and kicked out to a wide open Richardson, who drained the game-winning three as the clock showed zeroes.

The Illini backcourt of Paul, Abrams and Richardson combined for 63 points, as Paul led all scorers with 25, Abrams tied his career high with 22 and Richardson added 16, all of which came after the first half.

Richardson's Game Winner First Illini Buzzer Beater Since 2010
D.J. Richardson's buzzer beater at Hawaii on Friday marked Illinois' first game-winning basket as time expired since Jan. 30, 2010, when Demetri McCamey hit an 8-foot runner at the final horn to defeat Indiana in Champaign (72-70).

3-Point Barrage
Illinois made 13 three-pointers in the season-opening win over Colgate, then drained 11 treys in back-to-back wins over St. Francis (N.Y.) and Hawaii. These totals are impressive, considering the Illini's season high out of 32 games last season was 11 treys.

Illinois has 35 made thee-pointers on the year. This is the UI's highest three-game total as well as first time the team has reached double-digits in three consecutive games since the end of the 2005 season, when the Illini totaled 40 threes over three games, with 16 versus Arizona (regional final), and 12 against both Louisville (national semifinal) and North Carolina (national championship).

Non-Conference Road Success
Illinois' win at Hawaii extended its non-conference road winning streak to six games. That streak now spans the last five seasons, dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. The Illini have one more non-conference road game this year, playing at No. 19 Gonzaga on Dec. 8.

Illinois' current non-conference road winning streak:

Date    	Opponent	Score
Nov. 20, 2008	at Vanderbilt	W, 69-63
Dec. 2, 2009	at Clemson	W, 76-74
March 17, 2010	at Stony Brook	W, 76-66
Nov. 27, 2010	at W. Michigan	W, 78-63
Nov. 24, 2011	at Maryland	W, 71-62
Nov. 16, 2012	at Hawaii	W, 78-77 (OT)