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ILLINOIS (9 - 0) at GONZAGA (9 - 0)
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ILLINOIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-0+4.24-33-278.737.945.6%36.263.327.340.6%33.6
Road Games4-0+3.23-12-183.540.248.1%36.265.729.039.4%35.0
Last 5 Games5-0+23-22-274.433.645.5%
ILLINOIS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)78.737.928-6045.6%11-2740.6%13-1870.6%361112178125
vs opponents surrendering69.732.325-5643.6%7-2034.0%14-2068.1%351013177144
Team Stats (Road Games)83.540.228-5948.1%11-2839.8%16-1982.9%36812208125
Stats Against (All Games)63.327.323-5640.6%7-2133.9%11-1763.5%341012175162
vs opponents averaging68.832.125-5842.8%7-2133.0%13-1868.5%361013186143
Stats Against (Road Games)65.729.024-6039.4%6-2030.5%12-2060.0%351111174141

GONZAGA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-0+55-32-383.738.853.1%41.158.826.937.5%28.4
Home Games5-0+13-10-194.446.855.1%43.059.428.238.6%27.6
Last 5 Games5-0+32-22-182.638.252.9%40.261.428.639.4%26.0
GONZAGA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)83.738.832-5953.1%7-1839.2%14-2260.9%411117169132
vs opponents surrendering70.833.525-5645.5%7-1836.8%13-2066.7%35914177133
Team Stats (Home Games)94.446.836-6555.1%8-1942.1%15-2559.7%4312201411122
Stats Against (All Games)58.826.921-5537.5%7-2231.6%10-1568.4%28810217174
vs opponents averaging67.53324-5643.2%6-1834.1%13-1870.8%33913186143
Stats Against (Home Games)59.428.222-5638.6%7-2231.2%9-1464.8%28710217204
Average power rating of opponents played: ILLINOIS 65.2,  GONZAGA 70.3
ILLINOIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2012COLGATE75-55W - -29-7439.2%471220-5040.0%3217
11/12/2012ST FRANCIS-NY89-64W - -32-6549.2%35824-5345.3%3017
11/16/2012@ HAWAII78-77W-8.5L -27-6442.2%31927-6640.9%5116
11/20/2012@ CHAMINADE84-61W-14.5W154U29-5949.2%411223-6237.1%3214
11/25/2012GARDNER WEBB63-62W-17L131.5U21-4843.7%291822-5440.7%2914
11/28/2012GEORGIA TECH75-62W-10W126.5O27-5747.4%361423-5244.2%3017
12/4/2012W CAROLINA72-64W-18L -26-6540.0%341120-5238.5%4122
12/8/2012@ GONZAGA              
12/11/2012NORFOLK ST              
12/16/2012E KENTUCKY              

GONZAGA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2012SOUTHERN UTAH103-65W-22.5W -40-7354.8%36927-5549.1%3328
11/12/2012W VIRGINIA84-50W-11W136.5U26-5052.0%381215-5527.3%3620
11/18/2012S DAKOTA96-58W-31W -42-7655.3%581621-6233.9%2420
11/29/2012LEWIS&CLARK ST104-57W - -43-6764.2%441322-5937.3%2020
12/1/2012PACIFIC85-67W-19.5L -28-5947.5%39823-4946.9%2511
12/5/2012@ WASHINGTON ST71-69W-11.5L130.5O28-5550.9%311624-5345.3%3215
12/15/2012*KANSAS ST              
12/31/2012@ OKLAHOMA ST              
ILLINOIS: Replacing Bruce Weber, John Groce gets a chance to take over a major conference squad that returns four starters from a disappointing team that posted a dismal 6-12 conference record. It will take him time to bring in top talent that will let this program compete again, but with three of their top four scorers coming back in Brandon Paul (14.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG), D.J. Richardson (11.6 PPG) and Joseph Bertrand (6.5 PPG, 54% FG), this team has a respectable core. Look for Bertrand and Coastal Carolina transfer Sam McLaurin to assume big roles on this team as the Fighting Illini attempt to compete during this transition period.
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*Illinois-Gonzaga Preview* ==========================


Illinois (9-0) at Gonzaga (9-0), 10:00 p.m. EDT

Though Gonzaga has historically struggled against Illinois, first-year Fighting Illini coach John Groce knows his team must be at its best if that success is to continue.

Making their first trip to Spokane, the No. 13 Illini face a major challenge Saturday night while trying for a third consecutive victory over the 10th-ranked Bulldogs in a matchup of 9-0 teams.

Illinois has been an early surprise, winning the Maui Invitational and rebounding from last season when it started 10-0 but lost 12 of the final 14 to miss the NCAA tournament for the third time in five years. While that ugly finish cost coach Bruce Weber his job, the Illini have transitioned nicely under Groce.

They have solid victories over Southern California, Butler and Georgia Tech, but this will be their first game against a ranked opponent. The Illini have won four of five against Gonzaga but only one of those contests was played in Washington - a 73-61 Illinois win Dec. 4, 2010, in Seattle. The Bulldogs won 85-83 in overtime in Chicago on Jan. 2, 2010.

Groce, however, knows his team faces a difficult task at the raucous McCarthey Center, where Gonzaga has reeled off 17 consecutive victories. Five have come this year, as the Bulldogs are off to the best start in their Division I history.

"I've been told (Gonzaga coach Mark Few) thinks it's his best team," said Groce, whose team won 78-77 in overtime at Hawaii in its only true road game. "That's a great environment. It's an exciting challenge, a national TV game against a top 10 team."

If Illinois is to have a chance it must play better than it did during Tuesday's 72-64 victory over Western Carolina. The Illini shot 40.0 percent and were tied at 53 with just under 6 minutes to play before pulling away. The Catamounts remained competitive by shooting 6 of 10 from 3-point range in the second half.

"We always play half a game and have spurts where we play good and spurts where we play bad," said senior D.J. Richardson, who had 13 points. "We have to be tough."

The Illini likely can't afford a lack of toughness against the Bulldogs, who rank among the national leaders in rebounding at 41.1 per game and give up an average of 58.8 points. Illinois is 10th in the Big Ten pulling down 36.2 boards.

Gonzaga big men Elias Harris (16.8 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game) and Kelly Olynyk (13.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg) combined for 45 points in Wednesday's 71-69 win at Washington State.

"We gave game balls to both of these guys," Few said. "These two players down the stretch were big for us."

While Illinois has a talented backcourt trio of Brandon Paul (17.8 ppg), Tracy Abrams (11.3) and Richardson (12.3), Gonzaga guards Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos came up big Wednesday. Bell scored 14 while Pangos endured a 2-for-12 shooting night but made the winning layup with 2 seconds left.

"Gonzaga is very good," Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "There is a reason they are the No. 10 team in the country."

Averaging 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games versus Illinois, Harris scored 19 in last season's 82-75 loss in Champaign. Richardson has totaled 34 points on 12-of-23 shooting in the last two versus Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs have dropped four straight home games against ranked, non-conference opponents dating to a 97-77 win over No. 13 Washington on Dec. 9, 2006.

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