Illinois-Chaminade Game Notes and Links
Nov. 20, 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. 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.
Series Notes vs. Chaminade
Illini in Maui
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Notes from Monday's Win Over USC
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.