Illini Travel to Minnesota

Illinois leads the all-time series over Minnesota 108-60, but the Gophers hold a 43-39 edge in games played at Minneapolis. Illinois carries a 15-game winning streak over Minnesota into Wednesday's game, a streak that began with the 1999 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal. Illinois has also won its last six games at Williams Arena.

Illinois' 15 straight wins over Minnesota marks the longest current winning streak by any Big Ten school over a conference opponent.

• The starting frontcourt of forwards Brian Randle and Warren Carter and center Shaun Pruitt have accounted for 59 percent of Illinois' scoring over the last two games (48 of 74 pts vs. Iowa and 29 of 57 pts vs. Michigan State).

• After combining for just 7 points and making one 3-pointer over the previous three games (1-12), Rich McBride has averaged 13.5 points over the last two games. He scored 15 points against Iowa (Jan. 10) and had a team-high 12 points at Michigan State on Sunday. McBride is shooting over 47 percent from 3-point range the last two games (9-19), hitting a season-high five treys vs. Iowa and four treys vs. Michigan State.

• Illinois started its seventh different lineup of the season against Iowa (Jan. 10). Last season, the Illini started the same lineup in 32 of 33 games and two seasons ago, Illinois had the same starting lineup in all 39 games.

• Illinois has had six players miss a combined total of 31 games so far this season due to injury (Richard Semrau-14, Brian Randle-9, Jamar Smith-6, Warren Carter-1, Chester Frazier-1).

• In five of its six losses, Illinois has led during the second half.

• Over his last 12 games, Warren Carter is averaging 15.3 points (183) and 6.8 rebounds (81). Included in that stretch have been three 20+ point performances for the senior power forward. Carter had a career-high 24 points vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), tying the highest point total by UI player this season, and 21 points vs. both IUPUI (Dec. 6) and Belmont (Dec. 17). During that 12-game stretch, Carter has been Illinois' leading scorer six times and has reached double figures 11 times.

• Illinois is a balanced offensive club, with three players averaging double figures and eight members of the roster averaging at least 6.8 points per game.

• Seven different players have been Illinois' leading scorer in a game this season (Warren Carter-7, Jamar Smith-4, Shaun Pruitt-4, Trent Meacham-2, Rich McBride-2, Chester Frazier-1, Brian Randle-1).

• Chester Frazier ranks second in the Big Ten and 23rd in the NCAA (as of Jan. 11) in assists with an average of 5.6 apg. He had a career-high 11 assists vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) and again vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), and also had 10 assists vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19).

• Illinois' leading scorer, Warren Carter ranks 11th in the league with an average of 13.7 points. Carter is also 13th in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.3 rpg, and 10th in blocks, averaging 1.2 bpg.

• Shaun Pruitt ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and is sixth in field goal percentage (.558, 87-156).

• Over the last 15 games in which he has played, Chester Frazier has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3 (82 assists/36 turnovers).

• Illinois has outrebounded 12 opponents and is outrebounding its opponent by an average of 6.2 boards (5th in Big Ten, 31st in NCAA as of Jan. 11).

• Illinois is holding its opponents to an average of just 60.5 points (32nd in NCAA as of Jan. 11).

Illinois has been a consistent winner under Bruce Weber, a tenure that spans the most successful period in school history. The following is a breakdown of Illinois' success under Weber:

Data source U of I SID

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