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    D.J. Richardson and the Illini are looking to advance to the Maui Invitational title game for the second time.


    D.J. Richardson and the Illini are looking to advance to the Maui Invitational title game for the second time.

    Nov. 20, 2012

     Games 5 // Illinois (4-0) vs. Chaminade (3-1) // EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Semifinal #2
     Dates Nov. 19 - Nov. 21, 2012 | Tournament Bracket
     Location Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii | Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
     Quarterfinal (11/19) Illinois 94, USC 64 | Highlights | Box Score
     Semifinal (11/20) Illinois vs. Chaminade | 9:30 pm CT | Live Stats
     Final/Third Place Illinois vs. Butler/North Carolina | Wednesday, Nov. 21 | 6:30 or 9 pm CT
     Tuesday Television ESPN2 | WatchESPN.com
        TV Announcers: Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas
     Radio Illini Sports Network | Listen
        Radio Announcers: Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst)
     Printable Game Notes Illinois | Chaminade | Big Ten
     Season Stats Illinois | Chaminade | Big Ten
     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.	15.3	4.0	5.0	47.1 3FG%
    G	1	D.J. Richardson	6-3	195	Sr.	11.5	5.0	1.3	2.0 spg
    G	3	Brandon Paul	6-4	200	Sr.	21.3	4.8	3.5	23 FTA
    F	42	Tyler Griffey	6-9	220	Sr.	9.8	3.3	0.8	57.1 FG%
    F/C	32	Nnanna Egwu	6-11	235	So.	7.3	4.5	1.3	12 off. reb.

    Off the Bench

    Pos.	No.	Name    	Ht. 	Wt.	Yr.	PPG	RPG	APG	Other
    F	0	Sam McLaurin 	6-8	220	Gr.	5.0	4.8	0.8	12 off. reb.
    G	2	Joseph Bertrand	6-6	195	r-Jr.	6.3	4.5	0.8	50.0 FG%
    G	10	Mike LaTulip	6-0	165	Fr.	3.0	0.0	0.0	3-5 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.	3.3	2.8	0.0	3 blocks
    G/F	21	Devin Langford	6-7	200	r-Fr.	0.0	1.0	0.5	1 block
    F/C	23	Ibby Djimde	6-8	245	So.	0.0	0.3	0.0	8 minutes
    G	24	Rayvonte Rice %	6-4	240	Jr.
    G	31	Kevin Berardini	6-0	165	r-Jr. 	0.7	0.0	0.3	2-2 FT
    		% Rice is sitting out this season per transfer rules.

    Coaching Staff
    Head Coach: John Groce
    Career Record: 89-56/.614 (5th year)
    At Illinois: 4-0/1.000 (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. Chaminade
    Series Record: First meeting
    Groce vs. Chaminade: First meeting

    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 a cumulative record of 7-3 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)
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    #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)
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    Illinois 77, Arizona State 54 (11/19/07)
    #13 Duke 79, Illinois 66 (11/20/07)
    Illinois 65, Oklahoma State 49 (11/21/07)
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    Illinois 94, USC 64 (11/19/12)

    Notes from Monday's Win Over USC
    • The Illini improved to 4-0 all-time in first round games at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Illinois carries a 1-2 record in semifinal games into tonight's match-up with Chaminade, with the lone win coming in 2000 over No. 6 Maryland (90-80).

    • Illinois improved to 4-0 on the season with tonight's win. It marks the second straight season that the Illini have started a season at least 4-0. Last year's team started 10-0 before falling to UNLV (Dec. 17, 2011). In addition, first-year head coach John Groce became the first coach to start his UI career 4-0 since Lou Henson won his first five games in 1975. Lon Kruger, Bill Self and Bruce Weber all started their Illinois careers with 3-1 records through their first four games.

    • The Illini led USC 57-26 at halftime and shot an incredible 68.8 percent (22-of-32) in the first 20 minutes of action. The 57 first-half points were the most in a half for an Illinois team since scoring 58 against Gonzaga on Nov. 27, 2004. It also marked the first 50-point half for Illinois since scoring an even 50 against Oakland on Dec. 8, 2010.

    • Illinois' 94 points scored against the Trojans were the most for an Illini team since scoring 96 against SIU-Edwardsville in the 2009-10 season-opener (Nov. 13, 2009). It was Illinois' highest scoring output against a BCS opponent, meanwhile, in nearly 10 years, since a 94-65 win over Northwestern in the 2003 Big Ten Tournament (March 14, 2003).

    • Illinois made 12 consecutive shots at one point in the game, the last 11 shots of the first half and the first shot of the second half.

    • The Illini broke the game open with a 21-3 run early in the first half that turned a 9-8 lead into a 30-11 bulge with 7:59 left until halftime. Illinois would go on to lead by as much as 34 points, 54-20, late in the first half.

    • Illinois made 13-of-29 three-pointers against USC, equaling the 13 treys made in the season-opening win over Colgate. The Illini made 11 treys apiece in the other two games, giving them double figure in made threes in all four games this year. Last season, the Illini's season high out of 32 games was 11 treys.

    • Illinois has now 48 made thee-pointers on the year through four games. This is the UI's highest four-game total since the end of the 2005 season, when the Illini totaled 49 threes over four games, with nine versus UW-Milwaukee (regional semifinal), 16 versus Arizona (regional final), and 12 against both Louisville (national semifinal) and North Carolina (national championship).

    • After struggling on the boards against Hawaii on Friday (-20 rebounding deficit), the Illini turned the tables by out-rebounding the Trojans 42-20, including a 15-5 edge in offensive boards. Four different Illini shared the team rebounding lead, as Nnanna Egwu, Brandon Paul, Tracy Abrams and Sam McLaurin each pulled down six boards against USC.

    • Senior Wooden Award candidate Brandon Paul continued his strong start to the season with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc. For the season, Paul is averaging 21.3 points per game and shooting 48 percent from three-point range.

    • Sophomore Tracy Abrams tied his career-high with eight assists against the Trojans, also adding 11 points and six rebounds on the night.

    • Senior D.J. Richardson, fresh off his buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer at Hawaii on Friday, had his biggest impact on defense with a career-high four steals to go along with 13 points. Junior Joseph Bertrand added a career-high three steals and had nine points and five rebounds.

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