Indiana-Illinois Postgame Notes

March 15, 2013

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  • Indiana makes its first Big Ten Tournament semifinal since 2006 and its fifth semifinal appearance overall.
  • The Hoosiers are 16-1 this season when scoring 80 points or more.
  • Sophomore forward Cody Zeller tallied a game-high 24 points, along with nine rebounds. His 81.8 (9-for-11) shooting percentage ties for third on Big Ten Tournament single-game list (minimum 10 attempts).
  • Zeller is averaging 25.0 points per game in his last two outings.
  • Junior guard Victor Oladipo pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds and is averaging. 12.0 rebounds per game over the last two contests.
  • Indiana opened the game with a 22-7 run. For an 11-minute span (18:12-7:08) the Hoosiers limited Illinois to just five points.
  • For the second time this season, junior forward Will Sheehey was perfect from the field in a game, going 4-for-4 for 11 points. He was 9-for-9 on Feb. 16 vs. Purdue.
  • Indiana won the rebounding battle, 38-26, including a 26-10 advantage at the half.
  • It is the seventh time this year Indiana has held opponent to under 25 points in the first half.
  • Senior forward Christian Watford tallied 15 points, his 26th double digit outing in 31 games this year. It was the ninth game of 15 or more points for Watford.
  • Freshman guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell had a career-best two blocked shots.
  • Today was the 24th time this year Indiana had four players in double figures
  • Guard Jordan Hulls dished the ball seven times, his third game with six or more assists this season. He also had three steals, one off his career best.
  • The Hoosiers shot 50 percent or better from the field for the 16th time this season (27-for-50; 54.0 percent).


  • Three players scored in double figures for Illinois: senior guard Brandon Paul (16), sophomore guard Tracy Abrams (16) and junior guard Joseph Bertrand (10).
  • Paul has led the Illini in scoring in 21 of 33 games this season.
  • Senior guard D.J. Richardson made one 3-pointer to extend his career-long active streak of 39 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer, the longest active streak by a player from a BCS conference.
  • Graduate forward Sam McLaurin tied a career high with seven rebounds.
  • Illinois shot a season-low 25.9 percent from the field (7-of-27) in the first half.
  • Illinois owns an all-time record of 24-14 in the Big Ten tournament. The Illini's 63.2 percent winning percentage is second best in the conference.
  • Illinois is 16-6 (72.7 percent) in Big Ten Tournament games at the United Center and 34-12 (73.9 percent) overall at the arena.
  • The quarterfinal loss by Illinois marks the first time the Illini have failed to advance to the semifinals when the tournament is held in Chicago. It is only the third loss in quarterfinal play for Illinois in 15 games.
  • Illinois is 0-4 all-time against No. 1 seeds in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Illinois is 4-2 in neutral site games this season.