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    Game Day Essentials: Game #19 at Illinois

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-8) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (9-8)

       

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      Date: Saturday, Jan 16th, 2016


      Time: 1:30 p.m. CST
      Arena: State Farm Center

       

       

      Broadcast Information


      Television: BTN


      Online: BTN2GO


      Announcers: Jeff Levering and Shon Morris



      Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
      Expert Analysis: Matt Davison

       

       

    Illinois Info
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    Head Coach: John Groce
    Location: Champaign-Urbana, IL
    Conference: B1G 10
    Nickname: Fighting Illini
    Last time out: Beat Purdue
    Typical Rotation Depth: 7-8 players
    Opening Line: Illinois by 3.5
    Fun Fact : The last time Illinois had a week to prepare for Nebraska at home they were the only team to beat Nebraska in their last 9 games of the magical 2013-14 season

     

    Player to watch - Malcolm Hill
    The more I look at the 6'6" Jr's numbers, the more I see Terran Petteway. Hill is a volume scorer...not super efficient but he's the guy who can score when they need it. He's a so-so 3pt shooter but good enough. He gets to the FT line a lot. There are too many good shooters for Illinois to stop him without them killing you...it's really about containment.

     

    Player to watch - Kendrick Nunn
    Nunn is more like pairing White with Petteway than Shields if we're going to follow along with our Hill comparison as Nunn can just flat shoot, hitting 42.9% from 3 and 54.7% from 2. His biggest problem has been staying on the court, much like a lot of his teammates, as he's missed 6 games this year.

     

    The Skinny
    With the exception of last year's trainwreck, Tim Miles teams improve over the course of the year and this team is no exception. Sure they should have beaten Rutgers and Minnesota. Absolutely demolished them? That's impressive and is a nice sign to see from a team about to face a gauntlet of 5 rough games starting with a hobbled Illinois team on the road.

     

    Much like Nebraska, Illinois has little inside presence with the loss of senior transfer Mike Thome and forward Leron Black, leaving only redshirt freshman Michael Finke and Maverick Morgan at their 5 spot. Thus, the team is more about Hill creating and the rest of his teammates like Finke, frosh SG Jalen Coleman-Lands, and Nunn hitting 40% from 3 if you double anyone. The Illini don't turn the ball over much and cover the defensive boards well. Can the Huskers be even more aggressive on the offensive boards while not being burned by a Illinois team that like to run on offense?

     

    Illinois has a chance to win this one at the FT line but other than Hill it's not their game. To me, this game all comes down to who makes the most 3s. While Nebraska has defended that shot more effectively than Illinois this year, I'll have to take the home team in this one. In what should be a close and competitive game, let's home Nebraska does figure out a way.
    Prediction: Illinois 71 - Nebraska 67

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    We have a great chance if we can hold them to 25 points again.

     

     

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    Illinois Likely Starters                

    No. Name              Pos Yr.   Ht.    Wt.   G/GS   PPG RPG  Other

     1   Jaylon Tate         G   Jr.    6-3   170   13/10    2.5   1.3   2.7 apg

    23  Aaron Jordan     G   Fr.    6-5   190   16/5     4.4   1.1   0.8 apg

    25  Kendrick Nunn   G   Jr.     6-3   190   11/9    18.8   5.5   1.3 spg

    21  Malcolm Hill        G   Jr.    6-6    220  17/17  18.1   5.8   3.4 apg

    43  Michael Finke     F  RFr. 6-10   230 17/10     9.8   3.6   1.3 apg

     

    Nebraska - Likely Starters

    No          Name                        Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Yr.          GP/GS   MPG      PPG       RPG       APG

     3             Andrew White III         G           6-7         216         Jr.           18/18     28.1        17.3        5.9       0.7

     5             Glynn Watson Jr.        G           6-0         165         Fr.           18/6      21.1        7.3         1.9        2.7

    12           Michael Jacobson        F           6-8         222         Fr.           18/9      14.6        4.3         3.5        0.4

    31           Shavon Shields         G/F         6-7         225         Sr.           18/18     30.2      15.5        5.4         2.9

    32           Benny Parker             G           5-9         175         Sr.           18/18     25.7        5.0         2.4        2.4

         Rotation

     0             Tai Webster              G           6-4         196         Jr.           18/12     26.3         9.5         3.7          1.9

    10           Jack McVeigh           G/F         6-8         210         Fr.           18/0       17.2        5.4         3.1          1.1

    11           Bakari Evelyn           G            6-2         178         Fr.           10/0         6.5        2.1         0.8          0.3

    23           Nick Fuller               G/F         6-7         204         So.          15/0         7.5         2.4         1.5          0.1

    24           Jake Hammond        F           6-10        235         So.          17/8       11.9         2.6         3.3          0.2

    30           Ed Morrow Jr.           F            6-7         225         Fr.           18/1       13.6        3.8         3.4          0.1

          Bench

     4             Johnny Trueblood   G            6-4         195         Fr.            7/0         3.6         0.7         0.3          0.6

    15           Malcolm Laws          G            6-1         190         So.           5/0         3.4         0.2         0.4          0.0

    20           Tanner Borchardt     F            6-8         274         Fr.            6/0         4.0         0.7         1.0          0.0

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