No. 6 Illinois (13-5, 9-3 Huge Ten)
StartersP Title Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown
G Trent Frazier Sr. 6-2 10.1 Wellington, Fla.
G Adam Miller Fr. 6-3 8.6 Peoria
G Ayo Dosunmu Jr. 6-5 21.2 Chicago
F Jacob Grandison R-Jr. 6-6 3.6 Oakland, Calif.
C Kofi Cockburn So. 7-0 17.2 Kingston, Jamaica
FYI: 5 gamers nationally are taking pictures a better share than Cockburn’s 67 p.c. Grand Canyon’s Asbjorn Mitgaard leads the best way at 74.4 p.c, adopted by Ohio’s Dwight Wilson (69.3 p.c), Rice’s Max Fiedler (69.2 p.c), Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson (68.8 p.c) and Georgia State’s Eliel Nsoseme (67.5 p.c).
Off the benchP Title Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown
G Andre Curbelo Fr. 6-1 8.3 Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
F Giorgi Bezhanishvili Jr. 6-9 5.8 Rustavi, Georgia
G Da’Monte Williams Sr. 6-3 5.5 Peoria
Nebraska (4-11, 0-8)
P Title Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown
G Trey McGowens Jr. 6-4 10.8 Pendleton, S.C.
G Teddy Allen Jr. 6-6 16.9 Mesa, Ariz.
G Dalano Banton So. 6-9 11.5 Toronto
F Derrick Walker Jr. 6-8 4.8 Kansas Metropolis, Mo.
F Lat Mayen Jr. 6-9 8.5 Adelaide, Australia
FYI: All 5 of Nebraska’s starters started their school careers at a unique Division I program earlier than transferring to affix the Cornhuskers. So as, McGowens began at Pittsburgh, Allen at West Virginia (through Western Nebraska CC), Banton at Western Kentucky, Walker at Tennessee and Mayen at TCU (through Chipola School).
Off the bench
P Title Yr. Ht. PPG Hometown
G Kobe Webster Sr. 6-0 7.1 Indianapolis
G Thorir Thorbjarnarson Sr. 6-6 3.1 Reykjavik, Iceland
C Yvan Ouedraogo So. 6-9 4.4 Bordeaux, France
Website: Pinnacle Financial institution Area; Lincoln, Neb.
Radio: Brian Barnhart (play-by-play) and former Illini Doug Altenberger (evaluation) can have the decision on the Illini Sports activities Community on WDWS 1400-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN-1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.
TV: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (evaluation) can have the decision on BTN.
Collection: Illinois leads 16-8.
Final assembly: Illinois gained 71-59 on Feb. 24, 2020.
FYI: The Illini have misplaced their final two video games in Lincoln, Neb., with each coming within the 2018 calendar 12 months. It was a 15-point loss on Dec. 2, 2018, and a one-point loss a season prior on Jan. 15, 2018. Now-former Nebraska guard James Palmer scored 47 factors mixed in these two wins for the Cornhuskers. Illinois’ final win in Nebraska got here on Jan. 26, 2017, with Malcolm Hill’s 19 factors sparking a 73-57 Illini victory.
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A bit longer break after schedule adjustments
Illinois ought to have already performed this week. Would have, too, if Thursday evening’s showdown at No. 3 Michigan wasn’t postponed by the Wolverines as a part of their “return to play” after a two-week COVID-19 pause. (One thing that Michigan’s girls’s basketball, which did play Thursday and gained 62-49 at Purdue, wasn’t as frightened about). The Illini discovered at halftime of final Saturday’s recreation towards Wisconsin that they wouldn’t be headed to Ann Arbor, Mich. “I believe we discovered that everyone’s impartial of … no matter,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood stated. “Form of on their very own and the way they’re coping with it. We’ve seen that all through the nation. I wasn’t concerned. I’m deferring the whole lot to the league workplace, and I’m simply displaying up after they inform us to point out up and play who we play once we’re presupposed to play them.”
Probability for Illini to get further apply time
Regardless of the Michigan postponement, Underwood was pretty sure the Huge Ten would get his staff a recreation. And so they did. A swiftly rearranged apply schedule — not all that unusual throughout a season amid a pandemic — adopted. “I believe we’re type of used to it now with COVID,” Illinois freshman guard Adam Miller stated. “COVID’s type of junky, messing up the whole lot. Now when that occurs we simply have days for us the place we work on our personal issues. It’s probably not scout-based. We simply get again to the fundamentals and work on what’s made us nice. We take benefit even of these days we’re not taking part in and discover a approach to grind it out and nonetheless proceed to get higher.”
Bombs away? Threes could also be flying Friday
Nebraska boasts one of many largest groups within the nation. The Cornhuskers, in reality, rank among the many high 25 tallest groups nationally, with solely Maryland and Purdue boasting extra measurement within the Huge Ten. That doesn’t imply Nebraska has a bunch of 7-footers. Zero, truly. The scale is in a group of massive guards and wings, and Nebraska makes use of that measurement and size and a mix of man and zone defenses to attempt to negate submit play. “Of their final two video games their opponents have taken a ton of threes towards them as they’ve tried to negate a number of the inside play of these groups,” Underwood stated. Minnesota shot 36 three-pointers throughout its win towards Nebraska, whereas Wisconsin put up 32 in its win. “We’ve received to be sensible. We are able to’t fall right into a lure of taking pictures 35 threes on the street and nonetheless do what we do.” Illinois is making an attempt simply shy of 19 three-pointers per recreation this season, with a excessive of 31 within the season opener towards North Carolina A&T. The Illini have tried 20-plus three-pointers simply six instances in 18 video games.
No. 6 Illinois 84, Nebraska 69
Nebraska hasn’t gained a Huge Ten recreation in additional than a 12 months, going from 2-2 in convention play final season on Jan. 6, 2020, to 2-18 by season’s finish. Eight extra Huge Ten losses, break up by almost a month-long COVID-19 pause, have adopted. That 24-game convention shedding streak is unlikely to finish towards Illinois. Not with Ayo Dosunmu coming off his career-best recreation and looking out like a surefire All-American. Not with Kofi Cockburn crushing groups in Huge Ten play. The Illini’s objectives don’t embrace getting waylaid within the Cornhusker State. (N-G prediction file — 13-5).