9:00 PM ET, January 6, 2011
State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
Illinois comes out firing to keep Northwestern winless in Big Ten play
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- With just over a minute to play in the first half, Illinois was coasting, riding a 44-21 lead. You'd never have known by what Illini coach Bruce Weber shouted from the sideline."Come on, don't lose your energy! Don't lose your emotion!"Moments later, he drove the point home again in the locker room at halftime.
• Illinois shot a school record 70.5 percent from the field to win its ninth straight home game over Northwestern.
• Dating back to 1980, the Illini have won 28 of the past 29 against Northwestern at Assembly Hall.
• The Illini are shooting 62.2 percent from the field and 63.3 percent on 3-pointers over the past three games (all wins) after shooting just 36 percent from the field and 25.7 percent on 3s in the previous two games (losses to Illinois-Chicago and Missouri).
• Northwestern lost its third straight game to a ranked team to open the Big Ten season. The Wildcats have lost four of their past five games overall after starting 8-0.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-67 (.343)||31-44 (.705)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-38 (.237)||9-14 (.643)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-10 (.800)||17-25 (.680)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|