HQ prediction: Indiana 73, Illinois 66

HQ prediction: Indiana 73, Illinois 66

Marcus Jackson breaks down Friday's Big Ten tourney game between the Hoosiers and Illini:

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Illinois, 11 a.m. Friday


Illinois (22-11)
P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Tracy Abrams    So.    6-1    10.4
G    D.J. Richardson    Sr.    6-3    12.5
G    Brandon Paul    Sr.    6-4    16.6
F    Sam McLaurin    Sr.    6-8    4.0
C    Nnanna Egwu    So.    6-11    6.5

FYI: Richardson’s streak of 38 straight games with a three-pointer is the longest active streak of any player in a power conference.

G    Joseph Bertrand    Jr.    6-6    7.5
F    Tyler Griffey    Sr.    6-9    7.1
F    Myke Henry    So.    6-6    3.5

Indiana (26-5)
P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Yogi Ferrell    Fr.    6-0    7.7
G    Jordan Hulls    Sr.    6-0    10.5
G    Victor Oladipo    Jr.    6-5    13.7
F    Christian Watford    Sr.    6-9    12.4
C    Cody Zeller    So.    7-0         16.8

FYI: Indiana leads the nation in made free throws per game (19.2), is second in scoring margin (18.5) and third in scoring (80.8).

G    Will Sheehey    Jr.    6-7    9.5
F    Jeremy Hollowell    Fr.    6-8    3.2
G    Remy Abell    So.    6-4    4.0

Site: The United Center (20,917), Chicago

TV: ESPN — Mike Tirico (play-by-play), former Hoosiers player and coach Dan Dakich (analyst) and Samantha Ponder (reports) have the call.

Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Jerry Hester (expert analysis) have the call on the Illini Sports Network on WDWS 1400-AM, WDAN 1490-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.

Series: Illinois leads 85-84. Last meeting — Illinois 74, Indiana 72, Feb. 7.

FYI: The Illini are 5-1 all time against the Hoosiers in the Big Ten tournament, with the last meeting a 71-59 UI win in the 2004 quarterfinals.



Opening the tournament on a Friday is new territory for the Hoosiers, who grew accustomed to playing on Thursdays as the program tried to rebuild after the Kelvin Sampson fiasco. “My first two years we were playing on Thursday. This year we have a bye and don’t have to play until Friday, so it shows how much hard work we have put in this season,” Indiana guard Oladipo said. “To pull out that tough win at Michigan was huge for our program and huge for our team. At the same time, we want to accomplish so much more, and the Big Ten tournament is the first step.”


A few days after having a confrontation on the floor with a Michigan assistant coach, Indiana’s Tom Crean is playing nice with the Illini — so far. The coach tweeted a message to his followers shortly after Illinois’ last-second win against Minnesota on Thursday. “We will be facing an excellent coach in John Groce with an excellent staff,” Crean tweeted. “(Their) ball movement and spacing are very good.”


If Illinois is to pull off the upset for the second time this season against Indiana, it knows more players besides Brandon Paul will have to step up offensively to match the high-octane Hoosiers. “I know they got beat at home against Ohio State, but you go on the road and win at Michigan to win the Big Ten title, you’re playing well,” said Illini assistant Dustin Ford, who has the scout. “They’ve got pros. They’ve got guys who can make plays, and we’ve got to play well and hope we can make some shots, score in transition a little bit and limit theirs.”

Indiana 73, Illinois 66
The mind-set for Illinois all season has been “next game.” That just happens to be archrival Indiana on one of the biggest stages most of the players have performed. From the sounds of things, they don’t seem fazed, though the task will be daunting. “We got Indiana next, and we have a mind-set that this is it for us,” Paul said. “Especially for us seniors, we got to play, go out with a bang.” (N-G record: 21-12)


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isitoveryet wrote on March 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

By the way Paul says "We got to go out with a bang".... It sounds like he gives the Illini no chance because if he says to GO OUT with a bang, that means there wont be another game afterthis one since were going out (with a bang). Thanks BP3

IlliniMike05 wrote on March 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

I guess you don't have to watch, then. Way to twist the words of an emotional 21-year old representing your university, jackass.

Green Shirt wrote on March 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

Indiana    77

Illinois      65

ISITOVERYET:  Brandon did not say that they would go out with a BANG in this next game.  A win over Indiana would be going out with a BANG no matter how they faired in the rest of the B1G tournament.  If you must interprete this statement negatively, it is an acknowledgement that they will not win the National Championship.

penniless wrote on March 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

No-No-No,Ilini break shooting woes and move on.  Illini   71    BTEN CHAMPS    67