Series Notes: Indiana Indiana leads the all-time series, 79-75, but the Fighting Illini hold a 44-30 advantage in games played at Champaign. The Illini have won 10 of the last 14 games in the series, which includes five of the last six, but dropped a 62-60 decision at Bloomington on Jan 17. Illinois has won four in a row at the Assembly Hall in Champaign.
Dee Brown and James Augustine have each played in 109 wins during their respective careers, ranking second on the UI career wins chart. They are just one victory away from tying the Illinois record for career wins (played in), 110, set by Nick Smith (2002-05).
Illinois became the first team in the nation to reach the 20-win marker this season with its 20th victory at Wisconsin on Jan. 31. Illinois has recorded its seventh straight 20-win season, which is also its ninth in the last 10 years and 25th all-time.
Last Time Out: Northwestern Illinois got back in the winning column on Wednesday at the Assembly Hall, defeating Northwestern 63-47. The Illini shot a season¹s best 55.8 percent for the game and outrebounded the Wildcats 30-17. The Illini jumped out to a 14-3 lead less than five minutes into the game, but Northwestern fought back to tie it at 29 early in the second half.
Illinois made another run to go up by 13 points at 46-33, but NU answered with a 12-2 run of its own to cut the lead down to three, 48-45. That¹s when the Illini defense cut in, holding the Wildcats without a field goal over the final eight minutes of the game. Illinois finished strong, outscoring Northwestern 15-2 over those last eight minutes. Rich McBride led the way with 17 points on 6-10 shooting, including 4-8 from 3-point range, and Dee Brown added 16 points and four assists. Brian Randle had 10 points and eight rebounds and Warren Carter came off the bench to add 10 points.
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