Hoosiers Visit Assembly Hall Tonight

Indiana leads the all-time series 81-78, but the Illini own a 46-30 advantage in games played in Champaign. Illinois has won eight of the last 11 games overall and owns a six-game winning streak over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

The teams last met on Jan. 13 in Bloomington, a 62-58 Indiana victory. Shaun Pruitt led the Illini with 14 points and eight rebounds while Brian Randle had nine points and 10 boards.

Illinois has scored at least 70 points and has shot at least 50 percent in each of its last three home games. Illinois is averaging 73.3 points (220) on 52.5 percent shooting from the field (74-141) over its last three games at Assembly Hall.

• When including Thursday's game vs. Indiana, eight of Illinois' 11 conference games have been against teams in the top five of the current standings, with five of those coming on the road.

• Illinois' strength of schedule ranks 22nd nationally. The Illini have played nine games vs. the RPI Top 50, tied with Iowa and Michigan for the most of any Big Ten team.

• Eight different players have been the Illini's leading scorer in a game this season (Brian Randle-8, Shaun Pruitt-6, Trent Meacham-5, Calvin Brock-3, Rodney Alexander-2, Mike Tisdale-2, Demetri McCamey-1, Chester Frazier-1).

• Illinois has started six different lineups this season.

• Shaun Pruitt entered the Illinois top 50 scoring list with his 18-point effort Saturday vs. Purdue. Pruitt has now totaled 909 career points, ranking 50th on the all-time list.

• Brian Randle scored a career-high 21 points Saturday vs. Purdue. He has reached double figures in scoring four times in the last six games.

• Randle is the fourth Illini player to have a 20-point game this season, joining Trent Meacham, Shaun Pruitt and Rodney Alexander.

• Demetri McCamey is averaging 11.6 points in Big Ten play at home (58), compared to an average of 5.6 points in conference play on the road (28). McCamey is shooting 46.2 percent from the floor (18-39) and 42.9 percent from 3-point range (9-21) at the Assembly Hall through five Big Ten games.

• McCamey also owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9 in Big Ten home games (20 a/7 to).

• Trent Meacham is averaging 11.4 points over the last eight games (91), scoring in double figures six times.

• Brian Randle collected his 500th career rebound vs. Purdue.

• Shaun Pruitt grabbed his 600th career rebound vs. Northwestern on Jan. 27. Pruitt is the Big Ten's second-leading active rebounder with 617 career boards, trailing only Indiana's D.J. White (631).

• Chester Frazier has a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio over his last eight games (35 a/12 to).

• Frazier ranks fourth in the Big Ten with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play.

• Shaun Pruitt leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds with an average of 3.5 per game (76 total off. reb.). He ranks fourth in the league in total rebounds (7.6 avg).

• Pruitt and Randle combined for 39 points Saturday vs. Purdue, the senior duo's highest scoring total of the season. Their previous high was 38 points vs. both Michigan on Jan. 16 and Miami (OH) on Dec. 20.

• Shaun Pruitt has scored at least nine points in 19 of the 22 games he has appeared in this season.

• Illinois ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 39th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing an average of 61.7 points per game.

• The Illini are fourth in the conference and 28th nationally in field goal percentage defense at 39.7 percent, and second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 31 percent.

• Only six teams have scored more than 70 points against the Illini this year.

• Illinois hashad only four opponents shoot better than 46 percent from the field on the season.

• Illinois has outrebounded its opponent in 16 games and ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 45th in the NCAA in rebounding margin at +4.7 rpg.

• Illinois' bench is contributing 20.8 points per game and has outscored the opposing bench in 15 games.

• Shaun Pruitt was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 24 after averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over three games vs. Western Carolina, Miami (OH) and Missouri. He became the first Illini to earn Player of the Week honors since James Augustine on Dec. 5, 2005.

• There have been 56 consecutive sellout crowds at the Assembly Hall entering the next home game Thursday vs. Indiana. The streak began on Dec. 6, 2004.

Illinois has been one of the nation's top defensive teams each year under Bruce Weber. This year's squad looks to continue that style of aggressive man-to-man defensive pressure throughout each game. Illinois ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 39th nationally in scoring defense with opponents averaging 61.7 points per game on the season. The Illini are fourth in the conference and 28th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.397) and second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.310).

Only six opponents have scored more than 70 points on the Illini this season. Illinois' defense also has allowed just four teams to shoot over 46 percent from the field. Illinois' defense has stood out this year against two of the nation's top scoring teams. Missouri ranks 26th in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 79.7 ppg. But Illinois held the Tigers to a season-low 58 points, over 21 points below its average, in a Braggin' Rights victory on Dec. 22.

Illinois held Indiana, the Big Ten's top scoring team and No. 48 in the NCAA, 15 points below its season average on Jan. 13. The Hoosiers are averaging 77.0 points but scored just 62 vs. the Illini.

Illinois has also had three other memorable defensive efforts this season. The Illini held Loyola (MD)?to 20 percent shooting (13-65) on Dec. 28, the lowest field goal percentage in the 44-year history of Assembly Hall.

Illinois held Western Carolina to 35 points on Dec. 17, the third-lowest point total in Assembly Hall history and just one point off the record-low score of 34 set by Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985 and tied by Savannah State last season.

The Illini held Northwestern to a season-low 37 points on season-low 31 percent. It was the second straight meeting where the UI held NU to 37 points, as the Illini defeated the Wildcats 48-37 last year at the Assembly Hall. This marks the only two times in the last seven seasons that NU has been held under 40 points.

Illinois has outrebounded 16 of 23 opponents this year and owns a rebounding margin of +4.7 on the season, ranking 45th in the NCAA. Illinois ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin and is third in the conference in total rebounds, averaging 37.0 rpg.

ESPN: Rece Davis, play-by-play; Jay Bilas, expert analyst, Pat Forde, sideline reporter.


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