Illini Take on the Hoosiers Tonight

Indiana leads the all-time series over Illinois, 79-76, but the Illini own a 45-30 edge in games played in Champaign. The two teams split the season series last year, with the Hoosiers winning in Bloomington, 62-60 (Jan. 17), and the Illini winning in Champaign, 70-58 (Feb. 19).

Illinois has won six of the last seven games, and 11 of the last 15, in the series. The Illini also own a five-game winning streak over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

• After playing Big Ten leader Wisconsin on Saturday, the Illini next host Indiana, who is tied for second in the conference. Illinois plays three of its next four games at home.

• The starting frontcourt of forwards Brian Randle and Warren Carter and center Shaun Pruitt have accounted for 57.5 percent of Illinois' scoring over the last four games (48 of 74 pts vs. Iowa, 29 of 57 pts vs. Michigan State, 36 of 64 pts vs. Minnesota and 36 of 64 pts vs. Wisconsin: total 149 of 259 pts.).

• After combining for just 7 points and making one 3-pointer over the previous three games (1-12), Rich McBride has averaged 12.8 points (51) over the last four games. He scored 15 points against Iowa (Jan. 10), had a team-high 12 points at Michigan State (Jan. 14), nine points at Minnesota (Jan. 17) and 15 points vs. Wisconsin on Saturday.

• McBride is shooting 48.5 percent from 3-point range the last four games (16-33), hitting a season-high five treys vs. Iowa, four vs. Michigan State, three vs. Minnesota and four vs. Wisconsin.

• Over his last 14 games, Warren Carter is averaging 14.9 points (209) and 6.9 rebounds (97). 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 14-game stretch, Carter has been Illinois' leading scorer seven times and has reached double figures 12 times.

• Brian Randle is averaging 11.0 points (44) and 5.3 rebounds (21) and is shooting over 65 percent from the field (17-26) over the last four games. Randle tied his career high with 16 points vs. Iowa (Jan. 10), had eight points at Michigan State (Jan. 14), 12 points at Minnesota (Jan. 17) and eight vs. Wisconsin on Saturday.

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

Last Time Out: Wisconsin

Illinois fought back from a 9-point deficit to take the lead late, but could not hold in a 71-64 loss to No. 2 Wisconsin on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

Illinois trailed by as many as nine points in the first half but regained the lead at 40-39 early in the second half. Wisconsin moved ahead again and led by six with seven minutes remaining. The Illini then went on a 10-1 run, capped by a Rich McBride 3-pointer, to take a 60-57 lead.

Illinois led 62-59 with four minutes left, but the Illini managed just two free throws the rest of the way as Wisconsin closed the game by outscoring the Illini 12-2.

Shaun Pruitt led the Illini with a career-high tying 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, while Rich McBride added 15 points.


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