The Fighting Illini: By The Numbers

With the non-conference schedule running down and Illinois firmly entrenched as the Number One team in the country, IlliniBoard.com thought it would be interesting to see how the Illini have improved based on the numbers from last season.

Brumby sat down with the statistics of each Illinois player to see how they have improved from last season. The standard statstics were used, nothing special, and no advanced statistics. So without further adieu, here is the difference between Illinois over the entire 2003-2004 season and the Fighting Illini through the first 11 games of the 2004-2005 season.

NAME MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TOPG BPG SPG PPG
Luther Head 2.00 8.50 6.70 12.70 0.60 2.33 0.20 0.12 0.72 5.50
Dee Brown 3.70 15.50 11.20 21.10 0.90 1.46 0.20 0.01 0.12 0.20
Roger Powell, Jr. 1.40 7.20 20.00 3.70 0.00 0.27 0.92 0.06 0.09 2.00
Deron Williams 2.50 2.30 6.10 2.00 0.60 0.58 0.83 0.13 0.53 0.30
James Augustine 4.70 2.70 - 2.50 0.30 0.61 0.16 0.31 0.48 0.10
Warren Carter 5.70 14.30 - 30.00 1.40 0.11 0.31 0.12 0.40 2.80
Rich McBride 2.20 12.60 5.40 20.00 0.30 0.24 0.22 0.08 0.23 1.10
Nick Smith 3.40 6.20 2.50 40.30 0.10 0.32 0.48 0.11 0.17 2.70
Jack Ingram 4.60 3.00 5.70 13.30 0.70 0.01 0.08 0.23 0.29 1.20
Shaun Pruitt - - - - - - - - - -
Fred Nkemdi 0.80 75.00 - 0.00 0.20 0.11 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.70
TOTALS 6.00 6.30 2.80 0.50 2.46 1.15 0.39 0.38 12.00
OPPONENTS 0.40 2.70 2.40 1.90 1.11 0.36 0.98 0.14 1.20


RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM THESE NUMBERS
  • Despite numerous people complaining about Deron and his poor season thus far, his numbers are actually better than what he did last year, outside of increasing turnovers. His shooting has improved game to game now, so that should be in the black soon enough. He is also now the second leading scorer on Illinois behind Luther.
  • Nick is also starting to improve game by game, and has finally passed up Warren Carter in terms of production in a game by points. This is the first time that Warren has been below Nick in points per game, and that is a trend that should continue.
  • The worst trend that I see is that the rebounding by Illinois' big men: James & Roger has not increased from last year, and that is something that needs to increase for this team to go where everyone thinks it should.



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