Michigan State vs. Illinois Game Notes

Illinois leads the all-time series over Michigan State 52-49, and owns a 33-15 advantage in games played in Champaign. The Illini have won seven of the last 11 games, but the Spartans have won the two most recent match-ups after breaking a five-game Illini winning streak in the series. Earlier this season, Michigan State defeated Illinois 63-57 in East Lansing.

ESPN Brent Musberger,; Steve Lavin, expert; Erin Andrews, sideline reporter.

Shaun Pruitt has posted double-doubles in each of his last three games. He tied his career high with 19 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20), had 10 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana (Jan. 23) and had 13 points and 11 rebounds at Purdue on Saturday. Over those three games, Pruitt has averaged 14.0 points (42) and 12.7 rebounds (38).

• After combining for just 7 points and making one 3-pointer over the previous three games (1-12), Rich McBride has averaged 12.5 points (75) over the last six games. He scored 15 points against Iowa (Jan. 10), a team-high 12 points at Michigan State (Jan. 14), nine points at Minnesota (Jan. 17), 15 points vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20), a team-high 15 points vs. Indiana (Jan. 23) and nine points at Purdue on Saturday.

• McBride is shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range and is averaging 3.5 treys over the last six games (21-49).

• Over his last 16 games, Warren Carter is averaging 14.7 points (235) and 6.7 rebounds (107). 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 16-game stretch, Carter has been Illinois' leading scorer seven times and has reached double figures 14 times.

• Brian Randle averaged 11.0 points (44) and 5.3 rebounds (21) while shooting over 65 percent from the field (17-26) in the last four games in which he has played (he has missed the last two games due to a foot injury). 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 (Jan. 20).

• Shaun Pruitt is averaging 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds through four Big Ten home games.

• Illinois has held its opponents to just 26 percent shooting from 3-point range (19-73) over the last five games.

• Illinois ranks 24th in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding its opponents to an average of just 60.0 points on the season.

• Illinois has started seven different lineups this season. 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 five players miss a combined total of 37 games so far this season due to injury (Richard Semrau-18, Brian Randle-11, Jamar Smith-6, Warren Carter-1, Chester Frazier-1).

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

• In its victory over No. 23 Indiana on Jan. 23, the Illini held the Hoosiers to just 43 points. It marked the fewest points Illinois has allowed to a ranked opponent in conference play in 22 years, since defeating No. 13 Indiana 52-41 on Jan. 27, 1985.

• Illinois extended its school-record streak of consecutive sell-out crowds at the Assembly Hall (16,618) to 41 against Indiana.

• Illinois is a balanced offensive club, with eight members of the roster averaging over six points per game.

Game notes officially provided by the University of Illinois.


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