Purple Reign take on the game Wednesday as the #25 Ranked Fighting Illini invade Welsh-Ryan to take on the Wildcats."> Purple Reign take on the game Wednesday as the #25 Ranked Fighting Illini invade Welsh-Ryan to take on the Wildcats.">

Pregame Intel Report: NU vs Illinois

Here's the <b><font color="#330033">Purple Reign</font></b> take on the game Wednesday as the #25 Ranked <b><font color="#000099">Fighting</font><font color="#FF6600"> Illini</font></b> invade Welsh-Ryan to take on the <b><font color="#330033">Wildcats.</font></b>

OK, here come the Illini

The Illini [10-3/1-1] are supposed to be playing with a "lack of focus," according to one beat writer. Another critique is that there just isn't a leader...
You know, Jerrance Howard [Sr Guard - right] has been the best leader...but he doesn't play much.

I thought Dee [Brown] really stepped up in the games when Deron [Williams] was out... Winning became his priority...

But coach Bruce Weber noted that once Williams came back, Brown [Illinois Photo left] appeared to give up the leader role. And gone are the "super frosh" antics with 5 Illini players joining last year's star frosh in averaging over 10 points a game.  IN any case, watch for Brown to run the team at Point Guard more, with Williams [below right] rotating into that slot as the Illini coaches try to get a floor leader going.

The Illini are outscoring their opponents by almost 13 points a game, an impressive number until you look up their schedule -- They had big blowouts against some direction team.

And their overall shooting numbers don't look all that great - In 2 Big 10 games, they're shooting  42% from the floor, 27% from the arc and just over 78% from the charity stripe. The scoring margin has slipped to +9.

Saturday, they ran into Gene Keady's Boilermakers [11-4/1-1] who had lost a tough one to Iowa [8-4/1-1] and who were looking to get back on the winning track. The issue came up in a recent interview with first year Illini Coach Bruce Weber.

Is it a matter of toughness?
You don't have the Old School toughness -- kids just want to go win -- we have to retrain that thought, we have to win today. -- Weber on the Big 10 Teleconference
With 5 guys averaging double figures -- talk about the direversity of the Illini offense and any negatives?
Its tough to focus on one guy - we've had 5 [averaging] in double figures. We've also had good production out of Brian Randall and Rich McBride [right] in certain games, so it can be  6 - 7 guys that get double figures.

But the negative is like the other night, we didn't get enough from the other guys and we had 2 - 3 in double figures but we  didn't get enough production , enough baskets and keep situations from our other guys, so that's where it hurt us .

And then I think we're searching a little bit  for our Go To guy  who can come up with the big baskets when its 42 - 40 we need a bucket  [to] stretch the lead out ... somebody's got to knock that shot down to make a difference...somebody to step up and make the big baskets.

Putting them in the Purple Reign categories:
  • The Big Gun - #11 Dee Brown leads with 12.5 ppg, but closely followed by #43 Roger Powell's 12.3 ppg and #5 Deron Williams12.1 ppg
  • Deadeye Dick - #40 James Augustine [11.8 ppg] is making over 63% of his Field Goals
  • The Bomber - #11 Dee Brown tries almost 7 per game, but makes just over 30% of them.
  • Off the Boards - #40 James Ausgustine is averaging 9.2 a game
  • Charity Stripe - Don't foul #05 Deron Williams - he's 87.5% from the line
  • Pickpocket - Dee Brown has 20 and James Augustine has 19  so far  this season.
  • Super Sub - #33 Frosh Guard Rich McBride  plays 20+ minutes a game scoring 6.4 ppg. but  #45 Jr Center  Nick Smith has come on in Big 10 play, scoring 16 ppg with 6.5 boards.
  • Helping Hands - Deron Williams has 6.2 assists per game
Probable Starters:
  • Forward: #40  James Augustine [So 6-10 11.8 ppg/9.2 rpg], #43 Roger Powell [Jr 6-6 12.3ppg], # 42 Brian Randle [Fr 6-8 5.2ppg]
  • Guard: #5 Deron Williams [So 6-3 12.1 ppg], #11 Dee Brown [So 6-0 12.5 ppg]
Off the Bench [Averaging more than 9-10 mins]: Challenges for the Wildcats
  • Slow down those two high scoring Guards, Brown and Williams.
  • Somehow deal with big [6-10] James Augusting and even bigger [7-2] Nick Smith up front. They are +5.5 in rebounding.
  • Continue to get Points in the Paint  against a much taller team up front.
  • The Illini take care of the ball -- they only average 14 Turnovers a game, and their two Big 10 opponents have just 8 steals in 2 games.
  • Shoot better than 45% from the floor and 36% from the arc - We need to see Evan Seacat drop in a few Wednesday.
  • Remember that Welsh-Ryan is Our House.
The game will be on ESPN+ Local with Wayne Larrivee and Shon Morris, and on WGN Radio with Dave Eanet [and we think Dave Kaplan].

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The 10-3/1-1] are supposed to be playing with a \"lack of focus,\" according to one beat writer. Another critique is that there just isn't a leader...

But coach noted that once came back, appeared to give up the leader role. And gone are the \"super frosh\" antics with 5 Illini players joining last year's star frosh in averaging over 10 points a game.  IN any case, watch for to run the team at Point Guard more, with [] rotating into that slot as the Illini coaches try to get a floor leader going.

The are outscoring their opponents by almost 13 points a game, an impressive number until you look up their schedule -- They had big blowouts against some direction team.

And their overall shooting numbers don't look all that great - In 2 Big 10 games, they're shooting  42% from the floor, 27% from the arc and just over 78% from the charity stripe. The scoring margin has slipped to +9.

Saturday, they ran into [11-4/1-1] who had lost a tough one to [8-4/1-1]and who were looking to get back on the winning track. The issue came up in a recent interview with first year Illini Coach .

The game will be onand on [and we think ]. 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