Michigan @ Illinois: Box Score Breakdown

The Fighting Illini continued Big Ten Conference play this week with a home game against Michigan. This edition of the Box Score Breakdown will look at Illinois' game against the Wolverines to see how much the Illini relied on their senior en route to the 79-74 win.

On Friday afternoon, no one would have predicted the Illini offense would bail out the Illini defense to pull out a victory over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. But, that is exactly what happened in Assembly Hall. The Illini's offense, led by seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine was able to muster enough offense to outscore the Wolverines en route to the Illini's 79-75 victory. For the first time this season, the Illini defense was, for the most part non-existent.

Offensive Efficiency: 116.93
Defensive Efficiency: 109.53

While the Illini defense, especially in the second half, was not stopping Michigan from putting the ball in the basket, when the Wolverines did miss a shot, the Illini kept them off the offensive glass. Helping the Illini offense put points on the board was their offensive rebounding, especially Brian Randle who pulled down 5 offensive rebounds.

Defensive Rebounding Percentage: 75.0%
Offensive Rebounding Percentage: 35.5%

So just how good were James Augustine and Dee Brown on Saturday afternoon?

Despite his foul troubles, Augustine was able to play 33 minutes and in his time on the court, he scored 23 points on a points-per-shot-attempt of 1.69. James did a lot of work to take the open shots when they were presented to him. He scored in multiple different ways: he hit a seventeen footer from the baseline, he took the ball from the top of the key and drove to the free throw line for a jumper, he made quick post moves, and he even took the ball to the basket for a slam dunk from the wing.

Dee Brown did not get a second of rest during the game. I know as the game was going on, I wondered why Coach Weber did not rest Dee with Chester surrounding a few of the media timeouts. It was not until the press conference after the game did Weber announce that Chester did not play because he "did not take care of business" off the court. Brown led the Illini in scoring with 26 points on 6-for-17 shooting, including 5-for-10 from behind the three point line. You could see at the end of the game that Dee's legs were getting a little tired because he was short on a few jump shots, but he fought through it to lead the Illini scoring the basket on a leaner where Dion Harris fouled him that gave Illinois a 75-72 lead.

FIVE MAN DETAILS
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter James Augustine 7 0:40
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 5 9:32
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 5 3:08
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 3 3:21
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 2 2:13
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine 1 6:02
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Marcus Arnold James Augustine 0 1:32
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -1 2:05
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -1 2:04
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt -1 1:07
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -2 1:08
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt -2 0:19
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -5 2:33
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -6 4:16


Best Five Man Unit: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, Rich McBride, Warren Carter, and James Augustine
Worst Five Man Unit: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, Rich McBride, Shaun Pruitt, and James Augustine

  • A common occurrence in all of the top units is James Augustine. Augustine played a great game, and it was obvious that Illinois struggled when he was off the court.
  • The starting lineup for Illinois once again netted a positive result on the court for Illinois, though they did not create it at the beginning of either half. To start the game, the Illini starting lineup played even with Michigan as neither team could slow the other down. To start the second half, the Illini starting lineup started the trend of losing ground to the Wolverines, by giving the Wolverines back four points in the first 2:05 of the second half. It was when the starting lineup was on the court for two other stints in the game that they really stood out. In a stretch in the first half, they took a 12-16 deficit and turned it into a 19-16 Illini lead.
GUARD / FORWARD COMBINATIONS
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Rich McBride 6 17:08
Dee Brown Jamar Smith 1 14:09
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride -2 8:43


Best Guard Combination: Dee Brown & Rich McBride
Worst Guard Combination: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, and Rich McBride

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 8 6:29
Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 7 11:45
Warren Carter James Augustine 7 0:40
Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine 0 8:06
Marcus Arnold James Augustine 0 1:32
Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt -1 1:07
Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -2 1:08
Brian Randle Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt -2 0:19
Brian Randle Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -6 4:38
Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -6 4:16


Best Forward Combination: Brian Randle, Warren Carter, and James Augustine
Worst Forward Combination: Shaun Pruitt & James Augustine

INDIVIDUAL +/- STATISTICS
Player Name Differential
James Augustine 16
Brian Randle 7
Dee Brown 5
Rich McBride 4
Warren Carter 4
Jamar Smith -1
Shaun Pruitt -2
Marcus Arnold -8


Best Player: James Augustine (+16)
Worst Player: Marcus Arnold (-8)

  • The two players on Illinois' team that played on Saturday that before this season had never been through the battles of the Big Ten struggled once again in Big Ten play. Jamar Smith and Marcus Arnold have yet to have a positive +/- in the Illini's three Big Ten games. Bruce Weber will need more of a contribution from his top two subs off the bench as the grind of the Big Ten wears on.
  • Illinois won the game by 5, yet when James Augustine was on the court, the Illini were positive sixteen. When James Augustine left the game with 8:58 remaining in the second half, Illinois was leading 69-63. When he checked back in at the 4:01 mark in the second half, Illinois was down 69-70. Heck, when James Augustine sat during the first half surrounding the twelve minute TV timeout, the Illini went from being down 10-11 to being down 12-16 before he was put back in the game at the 10:18 mark of the first half. When James was put back in the game, Illinois went on a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 19-16 lead, one they would not relinquish until James found himself on the bench due to foul trouble.

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