Indiana Closes Out Regular Season at Illinois Saturday
March 4, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
The Hoosiers will close out the regular season when they visit Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers are coming off a 77-67 loss at home to No. 10 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Illinois is coming off a loss at No. 6 Purdue, 75-67, Tuesday night. Earlier this season, the Hoosiers defeated the Illini, 52-49 in Bloomington. Last year, Illinois defeated the Hoosiers in Champaign, 72-70.
Bruce Weber is in his eighth season with the Fighting Illini after spending the previous five seasons at Southern Illinois. His record at Illinois is 191-84 and his overall record as a head coach is 294-138. In his 12 full seasons as a head coach, Weber has had nine 20-win seasons - including a 37-2 record in 2004-05 on the way to a national runner-up finish.
Champaign native Verdell Jones III will play against the Illini for the first time this season. The junior is the third leading third-year scorer in the league (1,103 points) and missed the first meeting with Illinois with a knee injury. He is averaging 13.5 points in four games against Illinois. He had 18 points against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Sophomore Christian Watford is ninth in the league averaging 16.3 points and 14.5 points in Big Ten play. He is fifth in the league making 84.2 percent of his free throws. He has hit 133-of-158 free throws. He has averaged 13.5 points against Illinois in his career. He is shooting 45.0 percent from 3-point range on the road this season.
Sophomore Jordan Hulls had 18 points in the last meeting with Illinois. He is the only player to start all 30 games this season and is averaging 12.9 points in league play.
A GLANCE AT ILLINOIS
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