The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


March 4, 2014

Illini just hitting its potential


“We are improving,’’ Groce said. “You want to be that team that is improving at this time of the year. Our players deserve a lot of credit for their toughness and they have willed themselves through some adversity.’’

Tonight’s game will be the final home game for Bertrand and Ekey.

“You’ve to honor those two guys because of the way they have handled themselves,’’ Groce said. “Both of them have succeed academically and both of them were voted captains by their teammates.

“They have been great examples of what we want in our program.’’

Tip off time tonight is set for 6 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN, while WDAN-AM 1490 and WDNL-FM 102.1 will have radio coverage.

Nunn repeats as Big Ten freshman of the week

CHAMPAIGN — For the second week in a row, Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn has been named freshman of the week in the Big Ten Conference.

Nunn, who played at Chicago Simeon, averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game in victories over Nebraska and Michigan State. He also chipped in 3.5 assists a game.

Game 30 Michigan Wolverines vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Site -- State Farm Center in Champaign When -- 6 p.m., today Records -- Michigan 21-7 overall, 13-3 in the Big Ten Conference; Illinois 17-12 overall, 6-10 in the Big Ten Rankings -- The Wolverines are rated No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll; while the Illini are unrated. Television -- ESPN Radio -- Fighting Illini Sports Network with Brian Barnhart and Jerry Hester. Local stations include WDAN-AM 1490 and WDNL-FM 102.1. Previous results -- Illinois leads the all-time series 104-72 over Ohio State, but the Buckeyes have won two in a row, including a 62-55 victory over the Illini on Jan. 23 in Columbus, Ohio. Last games -- The Wolverines defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 66-56; while the Illini won at Michigan State 53-46. Up next -- Michigan concludes the regular season with a home contest against the Indiana Hoosiers and Illinois will conclude its regular season on the road at Iowa. Starting lineups -- Michigan: G Caris LeVert 6-6, so.; Nik Stauskas, 6-6, so.; G Derrick Walton Jr., 6-1, fr.; F Jordan Morgan, 6-8, sr.; F Glenn Robinson Jr., 6-6, so. G Illinois: G Tracy Abrams, 6-2, jr.; G Kendrick Nunn, 6-3, fr.; G Rayvonte Rice, 6-4, jr.; F Malcolm Hill, 6-6, fr.; C Nnanna Egwu, 6-11, jr. Scoring leaders -- Michigan: Stauskas 17.1 points per game, LeVert 13.4, Robinson 13.0; Illinois: Rice 15.8, Abrams 10.9, Joseph Bertrand 9.2. Rebounding leaders -- Michigan: LeVert 4.5 rebounds per game, Morgan 4.5, Robinson 4.4, Jon Horford 4.4; Illinois: Rice 6.0, Egwu 6.0, Jon Ekey 5.2, Bertrand 4.3. Assist leaders -- Michigan: Stauskas 3.5, LeVert 2.8, Walton 2.8, Albrecht 2.3; Illinois: Abrams 3.2, Jaylon Tate 2.0, Rice 1.6.

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