UI 64, Norfolk State 54: Just the facts

UI 64, Norfolk State 54: Just the facts

What happened
Illinois shot a season-low 35 percent from the floor but found a way to pull it out despite its recent trend of not playing its best at home. And with 14 points, Brandon Paul passed Bruce Douglas for 24th on the all-time scoring list. Paul now has 1,265 for his career.

What the Spartans said
“We have guys who are here from last year’s team, they’re used to the big arenas, the bigger crowds. We went down to Longwood, which is a great environment, and that prepared us. We have a few new guys, but I think they did a good job collectively of keeping their composure.” — Coach Anthony Evans

What the Illini said
“Over the course of the 40 minutes, I didn’t think our effort level, our focus was where it’s been and that’s my responsibility. I didn’t have them ready to play. We’ll figure it out, these guys are tough guys, I love being around them.” — Coach John Groce

What it means
The Illini haven’t played a complete game at home since before Thanksgiving, but they have found ways to come through in the clutch and have now won 21 straight at home against nonconference opponents.

What’s next
A home date with Eastern Kentucky, which at 9-0 is off to its best start in 66 years. The Colonels, who are ranked 23rd in the latest midmajor poll, beat Norfolk State by 24 earlier this season.

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penniless wrote on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

It is what it is(a bubble team).Thank goodness for the home cooking.Free throw dsparity only happens at home,enoy the win.

Amen wrote on December 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Any win is a good win.  Some are just prettier than others.  Good job Illini!!!

LoyalIllini wrote on December 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

seems like at home they play down to the level of excitement in section A 

dogmechanic wrote on December 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

   Better put some people in the seats in A section and against Eastern Kentucky bring our A game.  Lets look better both ways