Illinois Game Notes at Purdue
Dec. 30, 2011
Game #15 Notes: Illinois (12-2, 1-0) at Purdue (11-3, 1-0)
Dec. 31, 2011 // 3 pm CT/4 pm ET // West Lafayette, Ind. // Mackey Arena (14,240)
TV: ESPN2 (also streamed online at ESPN3.com) - Justin Kutcher, (Play-By-Play), Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
Probable Starters (from the previous game)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 0 Sam Maniscalco 6-0 180 Gr. 10.6 2.4 2.9 88.6 FT% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 Jr. 14.2 3.0 1.8 40.9 3FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 Jr. 12.0 4.6 3.3 1.3 spg F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 230 Jr. 6.5 4.5 0.6 26 off. reb. C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-1 245 So. 13.9 8.4 1.6 2.6 bpg
Off the Bench
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-So. 5.0 1.7 1.0 58 FG% G 13 Tracy Abrams 6-1 185 Fr. 2.4 2.1 1.3 14 off. reb. F 15 Mike Shaw 6-8 230 Fr. 1.2 2.5 0.2 8.8 mpg G/F 20 Myke Henry 6-6 230 Fr. 2.9 1.0 0.3 50 FG% G/F 21 Devin Langford 6-7 200 Fr. F/C 23 Ibby Djimde 6-8 250 Fr. 0.6 1.2 0.0 1 FG G 25 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Sr. 0.0 0.2 0.2 5 minutes F/C 32 Nnanna Egwu 6-11 245 Fr. 2.2 2.0 0.4 1.1 bpg G 44 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-So. 0.0 0.0 0.0 3 minutes
Series Notes vs. Purdue
Winner of its last four conference openers, Illinois is aiming for a 2-0 Big Ten start for the third straight season.
Illini Take Over ESPN Networks
Last Time Out
The first overtime played to a draw, but the Illini rolled in the second extra session, outscoring the Gophers 11-to-2. Brandon Paul and Leonard accounted for 10 of the UI's 11, Paul scoring six and Learned adding four.
Five Illini players scored in double figures on the night, led by Paul, who tallied a season-high 21 points. Leonard registered his third straight double-double with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand added 13 points apiece, while Sam Maniscalco chipped in 10.
Leonard Improving at Historical Level
Best UI Scoring Improvement (Avg.) Best UI Rebounding Improvement (Avg.) 1. Rick Schmidt, 1974 +17.6 ppg (21.4-3.8) 1. Skip Thoren, 1964 +8.0 rpg (13.8-5.8) 2. Skip Thoren, 1964 +14.8 ppg (20.3-5.5) 2. Meyers Leonard, 2012 +7.2 rpg (8.4-1.2) 3. Meyers Leonard, 2012 +11.8 ppg (13.9-2.1) 3. Mike Davis, 2009 +6.3 rpg (8.1-1.8)
Bertrand Streak One For the Ages
Fighting Illini Player Trends
Leonard has totaled five double-doubles on the season, one behind Big Ten co-leaders Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) and Draymond Green (Michigan State).
Brandon Paul has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games, including each of the last three. Over the last three games, Paul is averaging 18.3 points (55) and 7.0 rebounds (21).
Paul posted season highs in scoring in each of the last two contests, scoring 21 points against Minnesota on Tuesday after tallying 19 points last week vs. Missouri.
After making a total of 11 three-pointers over the first 12 games (0.9 avg.), Paul has made six treys over the last two games (3.0 avg.).
Joseph Bertrand is averaging 16.0 points (32) on 78.9 percent shooting (15-19) over the last two games. Bertrand scored a career-high 19 points vs. Missouri and followed that performance with 13 points - the second-highest scoring total of his career - against Minnesota on Tuesday.
Bertrand is shooting 58 percent from the field on the season and has only missed one free throw (12-13).
D.J. Richardson has scored in double figures in each of the last seven games - the longest streak of his career - and is averaging 16.0 points over that stretch (112). His previous career-best streak in double figures was five straight, set earlier this season (Nov. 14-27) and last season (Nov. 30-Dec. 18).
Sam Maniscalco had 10 points vs. Minnesota on Tuesday, scoring in double figures for the first time in four games and seventh time this season.
Maniscalco has only committed four turnovers in 191 minutes over the last six games, averaging 1 turnover per 47.8 minutes at the point guard position.
Illinois Team Notes
Illinois ranks 23rd in the NCAA and third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing an average of 59.9 points.
Illinois' defense is holding teams to combined 38.9 percent shooting, ranking 42nd in the NCAA and fourth in the conference. Only one opponent (Gonzaga) has topped 45 percent from the field this season.
The Illini rank third in the Big Ten and 40th nationally in blocked shots, averaging 4.9 bpg.
The Illini have outrebounded 11 of 14 opponents and own a +5.4 rebound margin.
Illinois ranks 46th in the NCAA and fourth in the league in free throw percentage at 74.1 percent. Illinois has topped 80 percent shooting from the line in five games, including each of the last two.
Seven different players have led the team in rebounding while six different players have led the team in scoring.
The Illini used a different starting lineup in each of the first three games. However, the lineup the UI debuted in that third game has now started 12 straight contests.
Leonard Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week
Current Illini vs. Purdue