Box Score Breakdown: Georgetown @ Illinois

In this edition of the Box Score Breakdown, IlliniBoard.com looks behind the numbers of Illinois' 58-48 victory over Georgetown on Thursday night to see if they help tell the story of Bruce Weber's Fighting Illini. What do the numbers say about how the Illini were able to dominate the game without a stellar shooting performance? This edition of the Box Score Breakdown will tell you.

Illinois' game Thursday evening against Georgetown may have been the most boring game of the season to watch, but that was not unexpected coming against former Princeton head coach, John Thompson III, who has brought the Princeton style of play to Georgetown. This is not his father's Hoyas, and on a cold and snowy evening in Champaign, the fans were treated with a boring, plodding game of basketball that only had about 57 possessions for each team, about 10 possessions slower than the typical game for the Fighting Illini this season.

In the game, Illinois' seniors James Augustine and Dee Brown were the only two Illinois players to score in double digits. Illinois' two shooting guards, Rich McBride and Jamar Smith were the only two players that had a PSA over 1.00, but the Illini were still able to have an offensive efficiency over one point per possession, due to the Illini's offensive rebounding.

FIVE-MAN STATISTICS
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Brian Randle James Augustine 9 1:18
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 4 3:14
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter Marcus Arnold 4 2:54
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 3 7:38
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Marcus Arnold James Augustine 2 2:49
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter James Augustine 0 0:39
Rich McBride Jamar Smith Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -1 0:40
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -2 7:35
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -2 5:34
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -3 7:13
Rich McBride Jamar Smith Brian Randle Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -4 0:26


Best Five-Man Unit: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, Rich McBride, Brian Randle, and James Augustine (+9)
Worst Five-Man Unit: Rich McBride, Jamar Smith, Brian Randle, Warren Carter, and Marcus Arnold (-4)

  • It is not surprising that the Illini's worst lineup on the game consisted of a time when both Dee Brown and James Augustine were out of the game. In just 26 seconds on the floor, the Illini lost four points to the Hoyas. In fact when Dee Brown was out of the game, the Illini lost ground to the Hoyas in both instances. It makes sense considering the Illini do not have a true back up point guard, and both Rich and Jamar are learning the position on the fly.
  • The starting lineup played 7:38 together, and were a +3. They played together at the start of each half, and then for one other stretch for 39 seconds. In the first half, the Illini jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three minutes, and then in the second half, the Hoyas jumped out on the Illini lessening the lead by two.
GUARD / FORWARD COMBINATIONS
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride 13 13:14
Dee Brown Rich McBride 5 18:27
Dee Brown Jamar Smith -3 7:13
Rich McBride Jamar Smith -5 1:06


Best Guard Combination: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, and Rich McBride (+13)
Worst Guard Combination: Rich McBride & Jamar Smith (-5)

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Brian Randle James Augustine 9 1:18
Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 4 3:14
Warren Carter Marcus Arnold 4 2:54
Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 3 7:38
Marcus Arnold James Augustine 2 2:49
Warren Carter James Augustine 0 0:39
Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -2 5:34
Brian Randle Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -4 0:26
Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -6 15:28


Best Forward Combination: Brian Randle & James Augustine (+9)
Worst Forward Combination: Brian Randle, Marcus Arnold, and James Augustine (-6)

  • The Illini's best forward combination was when the team on the court was allowed to use their massive athleticism advantage against Georgetown. Both Augustine and Randle would use timely and quick jumps to get to the offensive and defensive glass, helping the Illini to their rebounding edge.
INDIVIDUAL +/- STATISTICS
Player Name Differential
Dee Brown 15
Rich McBride 13
James Augustine 10
Brian Randle 6
Jamar Smith 5
Warren Carter 4
Shaun Pruitt 1
Marcus Arnold -4


Best Player: Dee Brown (+15)
Worst Player: Marcus Arnold (-4)

  • The amazing thing about Thursday night's game, when Dee Brown was not on the court (a total of 1:06 in game clock), the Illini were a -5. That statistic is how important Dee Brown is to the Fighting Illini this season, and it is even more obvious now that Chester Frazier will be missing time with the thigh injury. To get Dee some rest in the game, Bruce Weber used the time surrounding the TV timeouts to get Dee more actual rest than just game minutes. In the first half, Dee was sat from 8:36 – 7:56 on the game clock, giving him a much longer rest than the 0:40 of game clock. Dee did not sit again until the final twenty-six seconds of the second half, when the game was already well under control.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
NAME MIN FG% 3P% FT% eFG% TS% FTR %3PS
Brian Randle 29 27.27 0.00 100.00 27.27 33.67 0.18 27.27
Shaun Pruitt 13 16.67 0.00 100.00 16.67 23.29 0.17 0.00
James Augustine 37 40.00 0.00 66.67 40.00 44.17 0.30 0.00
Dee Brown 39 31.25 28.57 80.00 37.50 43.96 0.31 43.75
Rich McBride 32 40.00 66.67 100.00 60.00 68.03 0.40 60.00
Jamar Smith 21 42.86 60.00 0.00 64.29 64.29 0.00 71.43
Warren Carter 7 25.00 0.00 0.00 25.00 22.52 0.25 0.00
Marcus Arnold 22 33.33 0.00 0.00 33.33 33.33 0.00 0.00
TOTALS 200 32.26 38.89 78.57 37.90 42.55 0.23 29.03


NAME OFF REB RbR AST TO UsgR STL BLK PF PTS PSA
Brian Randle 6 9 16.55 1 2 19.60 0 0 4 8 0.67
Shaun Pruitt 2 3 12.31 0 0 19.82 0 1 0 3 0.47
James Augustine 5 13 18.74 2 1 14.03 2 1 2 10 0.88
Dee Brown 0 3 4.10 3 3 22.76 0 0 1 16 0.88
Rich McBride 0 3 5.00 0 0 7.35 0 0 0 8 1.36
Jamar Smith 1 2 5.08 0 1 15.24 0 1 1 9 1.29
Warren Carter 2 2 15.24 0 0 25.37 0 0 1 2 0.45
Marcus Arnold 2 6 14.55 0 0 5.45 0 1 1 2 0.67
TOTALS 21 44 6 10 2 4 10 58 0.85


  • The Illini shot terribly on Thursday night against Georgetown. Their FG% was 32.26%, the effective field goal percentage was 37.90%, and their true shooting percentage was 42.55%. Only shooting guards Rich McBride and Jamar Smith had true shooting percentages above 45.
  • To make up for their lack of shooting accuracy on Thursday night, the Illini crashed the boards with reckless abandon. Every Illinois front line player had a rebounding rate over 10, and only Marcus Arnold (14.55) and Shaun Pruitt (12.31) were below 15.



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