|Big Ten Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals - Chicago, IL|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1.6||1-4||1-4||58.2||28.6||35.8%||31.0||63.2||28.0||44.5%||34.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||69.2||33.0||24-58||41.8%||8-24||32.6%||13-18||71.9%||34||10||10||18||7||11||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||64.6||29.7||23-55||41.7%||6-18||33.1%||13-19||68.7%||34||9||12||18||6||13||3|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||68.8||33.9||24-57||41.3%||8-25||34.1%||13-18||73.8%||32||9||10||20||7||10||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||64.8||29.6||23-53||42.4%||6-19||34.5%||13-19||69.5%||35||9||12||16||5||14||3|
|vs opponents averaging||68.5||31.9||24-56||43.6%||6-18||34.2%||13-19||69.4%||36||10||13||17||6||12||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||65.6||30.2||23-54||42.0%||6-19||31.5%||14-21||69.8%||38||10||12||16||5||14||3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-3.3||2-3||2-3||69.6||30.2||41.7%||37.4||68.6||27.0||42.3%||37.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||80.8||39.6||27-55||48.8%||7-18||41.8%||19-26||74.3%||39||11||15||17||7||13||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||64.2||29.2||23-55||41.5%||6-18||32.8%||13-19||68.9%||34||9||12||18||6||13||3|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||75.9||36.6||25-55||46.0%||7-17||43.8%||18-24||74.6%||37||10||13||18||6||12||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||62.2||27.8||23-58||38.8%||6-19||30.4%||11-16||69.9%||31||9||10||21||6||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||67.7||31.5||24-55||43.3%||6-18||33.9%||14-20||69.2%||36||10||13||17||6||12||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||67.2||28.8||24-59||40.7%||6-19||33.3%||13-18||73.1%||32||10||12||20||6||12||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ILLINOIS 77.3, INDIANA 77.3|
|1/31/2013||@ MICHIGAN ST||75-80||L||8.5||W||134||O||27-60||45.0%||24||8||25-42||59.5%||33||14|
|3/10/2013||@ OHIO ST||55-68||L||10||L||132.5||U||19-54||35.2%||27||12||23-49||46.9%||38||14|
|3/15/2013||*INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|2/10/2013||@ OHIO ST||81-68||W||1||W||139.5||O||26-49||53.1%||30||10||25-59||42.4%||33||12|
|2/19/2013||@ MICHIGAN ST||72-68||W||0||W||139.5||O||27-61||44.3%||35||10||24-56||42.9%||36||12|
|3/15/2013||*ILLINOIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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.|
|INDIANA: Say hello to the preseason No. 1 team in the nation. Tom Crean took a huge leap with last year's team, winning 15 more games than the previous season. And with four returning starters and the team's five leading scorers coming back, another giant leap is in the works. Cody Zeller (15.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG) was phenomenal in his freshman campaign, making 62.3% of his field goals and averaging more than a block and steal per game. He's joined in the frontcourt by Christian Watford (12.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG), while Jordan Hulls (11.7 PPG, 3.3 APG) and Victor Oladipo (10.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG 1.4 SPG) form a dangerous backcourt tandem. What makes this squad so threatening though is that Crean adds an elite crew of reinforcements. After missing all of last season with injuries, Maurice Creek is back and, when healthy, he might be the best pure scorer on the team'when he was healthy in his freshman year in 2009-2010, he averaged 16.4 PPG. And with top recruits Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea, this is a team with both significant talent and depth.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (ILLINOIS-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(DELETES reference to Big Ten player of the year candidate)
*Illinois-Indiana Preview* ==========================
Illinois (21-11) at Indiana (26-5), 12:00 p.m. EDT
(AP) - Indiana is standing tall again as the top seed in the Big Ten tournament after winning its first outright conference title in two decades.
In order to continue their quest of winning the conference tournament for the first time since the Big Ten started holding the event in 1998, the third-ranked Hoosiers must get past a team that handed them one of their four league losses this season.
Indiana begins play in the tourney Friday with a quarterfinal matchup against eighth-seeded Illinois, which advanced Thursday on a jumper at the buzzer and beat the Hoosiers last month on a wide-open layup as time expired.
Indiana (26-5) entered that Feb. 7 matchup in Illinois as the No. 1 team in the country and led by 12 at halftime before the Fighting Illini (22-11) began their comeback.
They scored 45 points in the second half, the last two coming when senior forward Tyler Griffey took an inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with 0.9 seconds to play and converted a layup at the buzzer.
Paul was at it again in the first round against Minnesota on Thursday, hitting a buzzer-beating fadeaway and finishing with 25 points to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory.
"I didn't want to lose. We worked too hard to get to this point," Paul said. "This team has so much character. My mindset was just to be aggressive. Coach (John Groce) told me to stay aggressive. I basically wanted to attack on offense and do other things."
Paul had 21 points last month against the Hoosiers, who wrapped up their first outright Big Ten title since 1993 on Sunday by handing Michigan its only home loss of the season, 72-71.
Sophomore forward Cody Zeller had a season-high 25 points - one short of his career high - and 10 rebounds, and national player of the year candidate Victor Oladipo chipped in with 14 points and a career-best 13 boards.
The title capped a return to prominence for a program knocked to the ground not too long ago. Coach Tom Crean reflected on how far Indiana has come since he took over in 2008.
The Hoosiers endured crippling NCAA sanctions in the wake of the phone call scandal involving his predecessor Kelvin Sampson and struggled to get back to the top. The Hoosiers won six games his first season but made a big jump in 2011-12, orchestrating a turnaround that matched the biggest in Big Ten history on their way to a 27-9 record and a trip to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
They were ranked No. 1 in the 2012-13 preseason poll and spent a good chunk of the season there.
Crean mentioned the "players that helped get this back" and the support for the team.
"We had hundreds of people waiting at the gym (Sunday) night when we got in," he said. "We had probably 100 to 150 people waiting at the airport when we got there on a Sunday night in the rain. That's what it's about. It really is.
"The thing to me is we've always said there's no way this program could have endured what it did without the support - not just the support but the passion, the legitimate passion that our fans have had."
The winner of this game will meet No. 6 Michigan or No. 22 Wisconsin in the semifinals Saturday.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 6:00:31 AM EST|