Indiana, Illinois Meet for Second Time
Feb. 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 24/RV Indiana men's basketball team returns to Assembly Hall after a week off to face Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 10. This is the second regular-season meeting between the two teams, with the Hoosiers falling to the Fighting Illini, 51-43, on Jan. 23. Tip time is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST and the game will be televised nationally on CBS, with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) on the call.
The Indiana-Illinois Series
The last time the teams squared off in Bloomington, the Hoosiers pulled out a 62-60 win over the No. 7/5 Illini on Jan. 17, 2006.
Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Illinois:
Date Outcome Location
Senior forward Warren Carter leads the Illini with 13.2 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per contest. Right behind Carter is junior center Shaun Pruitt. The Aurora, Ill., native has started all 26 games and leads the Fighting Illini with 7.7 boards per contest and an 11.6 scoring average.
Sophomore guard Jamar Smith is contributing 8.4 points off the bench, while senior guard Rich McBride (10.0) is the third Illini averaging double figures.
Bruce Weber is in his fourth season in Champaign and his ninth season overall. With the Illini, Weber carries a 107-24 (.817) record, including an appearance in the 2005 national championship game, and holds a 210-78 (.729) overall mark. Weber is 5-1 against the Hoosiers and owns a 1-1 mark in Bloomington.
Illinois Last Time Out
Tim Doyle scored 16 for Northwestern (11-12, 1-9), which suffered its ninth loss in 10 games. The Illini outrebounded the Wildcats, 40-16. Illinois was 9-for-22 on 3-pointers, while Northwestern hit 3-of-18.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
Since Ratliff injured his left wrist against Ball State, he has actually improved his shooting numbers. Over his last eight games, Ratliff is shooting .612 from the field (30-for-49) and an astonishing .667 (20-for-30) from 3-point range. Both those numbers are tops on the team over that stretch. Before the injury, Ratliff's numbers were decidedly lower, as he shot .420 (42-for-100) overall and .308 (16-for-52) from downtown. The Hoosiers are 6-2 since Ratliff's return.
Ratliff has led the team in bench scoring in each of the last four games, including 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting at Iowa on Feb. 3, and six of the last seven contests. His 62.5 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from downtown in conference contests both lead the league.
Including his career day at Penn State on Jan. 13 (seven games), Wilmont leads the club with 16.4 points each time out, three 20-point games and five contests in double figures. He is shooting 44.3 percent from downtown and 46.1 percent overall.
Against the Nittany Lions, the Miramar, Fla., native set career highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds for the second double-double of his career and this campaign. Wilmont hit seven treys (second most in IU history) in 17 attempts (most in Indiana lore). He recorded 20 of the team's 40 points on 6-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half. The last time a Hoosier scored 20 points in a half came on Jan. 17, 2006, vs. Illinois (Marco Killingsworth). Wilmont also became the first IU player to ring up six 3s in a half since Bracey Wright on Dec. 29, 2003 at North Texas.
The Hoosiers are averaging 75.8 points and shooting 47.5 percent on their home court while those numbers fall to 68.3 and 44.1 on the road or at neutral sites. Defensively, Indiana is limiting opponents to 58.8 points and 40.8-percent shooting at home compared to 64.9 points and 41.0 percent away from Assembly Hall.
In The Polls
Six of the Hoosiers' 2006-07 opponents appear in the A.P. Top 25 and in the Coaches' Poll. Indiana has already faced No. 3/3 Ohio State, No. 4/4 Wisconsin, No. 10/9 Butler, No. 16/16 Duke, No. 20/18 Kentucky and No. 21/20 Southern Illinois this season, posted a 2-4 record.
Besting The Best
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