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    Game Day Essentials: Game #29 at Illinois

      Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-8) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (12-15)


      Date: Sunday, Feb 18th, 2017

      Time: 2:30 pm CST 
      Arena: State Farm Center

      TV Broadcast:  BTN

      Radio: Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
        Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka 
        Analysis: Jake Muhleisen

    Illinois Info

    Head Coach: Brad Underwood

    Location: Champaign, IL 
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Fightin Illini

    MascotChief Illiniwek They got rid of Chief Illiniwek in 2007

    Shirt not to wear: Orange, Blue

    Last time out: Lost to Indiana
    Typical Rotation Depth: 9+
    Line: Illinois by 1 

    Tempo: Fast paced

    Defense: West Vriginia-esque pressrue

    Style: Middle assist % / Low 3pa%


    Conference only

    Four Factors
    Effective FG%: 48.9 10 45.1 2 51.0
    Turnover %: 20.2 14 16.4 8 18.6
    Off. Reb. %: 31.0 3 34.1 14 28.8
    FTA/FGA: 31.0 9 29.6 5 33.6

    Illinois turning the ball over and not protecting their glass. They will chase their misses for offensive rebounds. Kipper Nichols and Leron Black need a body on them at all times.





    Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games



    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    5 Glynn Watson
    6-0  173  Jr
    13 Anton Gill
    6-3  195  Sr
    24 James Palmer
    6-6  210  Jr
    15 Isaiah Roby
    6-8  225  So
    14 Isaac Copeland
    6-9  221  Jr


    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1 Trent Frazier
    6-1  170  Fr
    24 Mark Alstork
    6-5  190  Sr
    23 Aaron Jordan
    6-5  210  Jr
    2 Kipper Nichols
    6-6  225  So
    12 Leron Black
    6-7  230  Jr


    Michael Finke has been out the last two games and didn't practice on Saturday. Last time out he broke out of a slump to put up 16 against Nebraska.


    Players to watch:  Trent Frazier

    Underwood teams tend to have a few guys who dominate the shots and dynamic freshman guard Trent Frazier has stepped into that role for the Illini. Look for him along with Leron Black and Kipper Nichols to dominate the touches when on the court.


    The Skinny

    It's been a rough 2018 for the Illini who currently sit in 14th place in the B1G after losing 4 straight.  The last time these two teams met in Lincoln the Huskers needed a last second shot to pull out a game in which both teams could rarely hit from outside.  Anyone who can get it going from 3 today is going to have a big advantage in this one.


    Nebraska doesn't really need the 3 as much as Illinois though. Illinois pressure defense essentially gives you free run at the rim and when you're not getting layups there is a lot of potential for FTs.  Keep at the rim, block out on defense, and the Huskers are walking out of Champaign with a victory.  Illinois sure could put together a game today but you have to wonder if that teams has much more fight left in them.


    Prediction: Nebraska 82 - Illinois 74

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    i love reading these after a game. 


    you called a couple of these pretty good, M. The body on Black especially prescient. 


    We just have struggled with this Illini club this season. Have played some of our worst ball against them. 


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