Illinois leads the Big Ten in scoring at 75.9 points per game, after leading the league in scoring each of the last three seasons ... The Illini have a +6.4 rebounding margin on the season, ranking second in the Big Ten to Iowa ... The Illini have four players averaging double-figures in scoring with four others averaging between 4.9 and 9.3 points per game ... Illinois players rank 13th (Brown), 16th (Williams), 17th (Powell) and 18th (Augustine) in the Big Ten in scoring ... Six different players have led the Illini in scoring this season and five different players have led the team in rebounding ... James Augustine has posted six double-doubles in 2003-04 ... Dee Brown and Deron Williams each have 67 assists on the season, ranking first and fourth, respectively, in the Big Ten ... Illinois leads the Big Ten in assists with 17.6 per game ... Rich McBride has knocked down at least three 3-pointers in four of the last seven games.
Illinois is 45-2 (.957) at the Assembly Hall over the last three-and-a-half years, with the only losses coming to Michigan State in 2002 and to Purdue on Jan. 10, 2003 ... The Boilermakers broke a 23-game Illini winning streak at the Hall that at the time ranked fourth nationally behind Pittsburgh (35), Duke (34) and Creighton (24) ... Illinois is 57-3 (.950) at the Assembly Hall over the past four-and-a-half seasons ...The Illini have also won 31 in a row at the Assembly Hall against non-conference opponents ... Illinois has won 30 of its last 32 Big Ten games at the Assembly Hall.
Weber Names Three Captains
Illinois coach Bruce Weber named senior Jerrance Howard and sophomore guards Dee Brown and Deron Williams as team captains for the 2003-04 season. title.
Augustine Nearly a Double-Double Man
Another member of the heralded Illini sophomore class is James Augustine. Augustine, named to the first-ever Big Ten All-Freshman Team last season, is nearly averaging a double-double with 11.7 points and team-leading 9.5 rebounds per game. His rebounding average ranks second in the Big Ten, and he is also second in the Big Ten in field-goal shooting at 64.0 percent (64-100). He leads the league in offensive rebounds with 3.5 per game. Augustine has scored at least nine points in 12 of 14 games, highlighted by a career-high 21 points vs. Memphis Dec. 13. He has had at least nine boards in nine games, with a career-high 14 against Northwestern Jan. 14, and has led the team in rebounding nine times. Augustine has recorded six double-doubles on the season, most recently vs. Northwestern on Jan. 14 (10 pts-14 reb). Last year as a freshman, Augustine averaged 7.0 points while shooting 58 percent from the field. He was second on the team behind Brian Cook and 13th in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 5.8 boards. He was also 13th in the league in blocked shots. In Big Ten play only, Augustine ranked third in field-goal shooting at 58.6 percent.
Nick Smith earned a bachelor's degree in finance this past December, graduating from Illinois' College of Business in three-and-a-half years. Smith will begin work on his master's degree in finance when classes begin Jan. 20.
Story courtesy of the Illinois Sports Department