Fact 1: Illinois has only 3 losses in Big 10 play, but one of them was to the Northwestern Wildcats last month.
Fact 2: the Illini have not lost a game in February so far.

Its Northwestern at Illinois Saturday afternoon."> Fact 1: Illinois has only 3 losses in Big 10 play, but one of them was to the Northwestern Wildcats last month.
Fact 2: the Illini have not lost a game in February so far.

Its Northwestern at Illinois Saturday afternoon.">

NU vs Illinois -

<br> <b><font color="#330033">Fact 1:</font> Illinois</b></font> has only 3 losses in Big 10 play, but one of them was to the <font color="#330033"><b>Northwestern Wildcats</b></font> last month.<br> <font color="#330033"><b>Fact 2:</b></font> the <b><font color="#ff6600">Illini</font></b> have not lost a game in February so far.<br> <br> Its <font color="#330033"><b>Northwestern </b></font>at <font color="#ff6600"><b>Illinois </b></font>Saturday afternoon.

Back on January 14th, the Wildcats stunned the Fighting Illini
Maybe the Cats snuck up on Illinois at Welsh-Ryan, or maybe the Illini were not playing to potential, but the cold hard truth is that NU easily beat Illinois 70-60 [corrected], riding Davor Duvancic's 22 points, [17 in the 2nd half] and Jitim Young's double-double to humble the Illini.

But don't expect this away game to be a walkover for NU, The Illini are talking revenge...
We'll try to get back those guys," junior guard Luther Head [Illinois photo-right] said.
Illinois had their own walkover last Wednesday as they romped over Iowa, in Iowa City 78-59. Super point guard Dee Brown [left] scored 18 points and handed out 10 assists to lead the Orange. Everyone else took care of defense - they held Iowa to a 39.6 shooting percentage.

The biggest challenge a team faces when playing the Illini is the 3 guard offense of Coach Bruce Weber. The starting 3 guards account for over half of the 73.6 points per game team scoring.

Then there's 7-2 Center Nick Smith [right], the tallest man in U of I history, playing 17+ minutes a game, and averaging 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds when he's in. When Smith comes in, the Illini change from a 3 guard to a more traditional offense/defense, a big change on the court.
Checking the Stat Sheet:
The Illini have been outscoring opponents by over 11 points on average. They also hold a 3+ rebounding advantage over opponents. They take care of the ball - although 13+ turnovers might be considered a little high, but they also average 7 steals a game.

Oh yes, they have a 5 game home winning streak.

Coach Roy's Purple Reign Categories:

  • The Big Gun #5 Deron Williams - 13.8 points per game
  • Deadeye Dick -#40 James Augustine - 63% from the field
  • The Bomber - #11 Dee Brown - has attempted 155 3-s, 6.45 per game.
  • Off the Boards - #40 James Augustine - 181 rebounds, 7.5 per game. He also has 33 blocks.
  • Charity Stripe - Don't foul Deron Williams - he's a 87.5% Free Throw shooter
  • Pickpocket - #11 Dee Brown leads the team with 36, but Deron Williams has 28 and James Augustine has 27
  • Super Sub - #45 Nick Smith averages 17 minutes a game and 7.4 ppg
  • Helping Hands - #5 Deron Williams averages 5.9 assists per game
Probable Starters:
  • Forwards: #40 James Augustine [So 6-10 9.8ppg] , #43 Roger Powell [Jr 6-6 12.2 ppg ]
  • Guards:  #4 Luther Head [Jr 6-3 10.5 ppg], #5 Deron Williams [So 6-3 13.8ppg] # 11 Dee Brown [So 6-0 12.5ppg]
Off the Bench [Averaging more than 9-10 mins]: Challenges for the Wildcats
  • Play at our tempo, not theirs.
  • Score from the paint - Duvancic has owned the middle against the Illini the last few games.
  • Shut up the Orange Krush
The game will be on TV & Radio:
  • WCIU in Chicago through ESPN+ with Wayne Larrivee and Greg Kelser. Most of the Big 10 area will have the game
  • WGN Radio and the Web with Dave Eanet and probably Bob Hildebrand
  • And WGN on the Internet

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Maybe the snuck up on at Welsh-Ryan, or maybe the Illini were not playing to potential, but the cold hard truth is that easily beat 70-60 [corrected], riding s 22 points, [17 in the 2nd half] and double-double to humble the Illini.

But don't expect this away game to be a walkover for NU, The are talking revenge...
We'll try to get back those guys,\" junior guard [ said.
had their own walkover last Wednesday as they romped over , in Iowa City 78-59. Super point guard [left] scored 18 points and handed out 10 assists to lead the Orange. Everyone else took care of defense - they held to a 39.6 shooting percentage.

The biggest challenge a team faces when playing the is the 3 guard offense of Coach The starting 3 guards account for over half of the 73.6 points per game team scoring.

Then there's 7-2 Center Nick Smith [right], the tallest man in U of I history, playing 17+ minutes a game, and averaging 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds when he's in. When Smith comes in, the Illini change from a 3 guard to a more traditional offense/defense, a big change on the court.

The Illini have been outscoring opponents by over 11 points on average. They also hold a 3+ rebounding advantage over opponents. They take care of the ball - although 13+ turnovers might be considered a little high, but they also average 7 steals a game.

Oh yes, they have a 5 game home winning streak.

The game will be on TV & Radio:
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