Game notes | Illini Battle Northwestern Sunday at State Farm Center


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Opening Tip
The Fighting Illini play their penultimate home game of the 2021-22 regular season on Sunday, hosting national rival Northwestern.
The denunciation between the Fighting Illini (6-16, 1-10 B1G) and the Wildcats (14-10, 6-7 B1G) is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CT from the State Farm Center
The match will air live on Big Ten Network with Matt Schumacker (play-by-play) and Autumn Johnson (analyst).
Mike Koon will call the action for the Illini on the Busey Bank Illini Sports Network (1400 AM / 93.9 FM).
Live streaming audio and stats are also available at

About Illinois
Illinois enters Sunday against Northwestern with an overall record of 6-16 (1-10 B1G), and will be looking to snap an eight-game skid, overall, including a four-game losing streak at home.
The Illini are 6-7 at home this season, but haven’t won at home since a 68-47 win over Wisconsin on Jan. 9.
Offensively, the Illini opened the season with an improved goal average from last season. Through 22 games, the Illini are averaging 64.55 points per game, an improvement of nearly five points per game over last season’s average of 59.6 points per game.
Illinois enters Sunday against Northwestern with a 5-1 record in games where the Illini offense has scored at least 70 points.
» Top scorer, second G Aaliyah Nyeis averaging 11.9 points per game, an improvement of nearly four points per game from his first campaign (8.1 points per game).
» Freshman G Adalia McKenzie ranks just behind Nye and is just short of a double-digit average at 9.0 points per game.
Behind Nye and McKenzie, Illini’s offensive attack was balanced with seven other players totaling at least a double-digit game, and four more, De’Myla Brown (8.8), Jada Peebles (7.1), Kendall Bostic (6.7), and Jayla Oden (6.0) coming into action against Northwestern at 6.0 ppg or higher.
» Second year F Kendall Bostic is the Big Ten Conference’s leading rebounder and comes into play this week ranked ninth nationally with 11.9 rebounds per game. Bostic has recorded five double-doubles over the year.

About Northwest
Northwestern enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 14-10 (6-7 B1G). NU is coming off a 69-58 road loss to No. 5 Indiana on Thursday (February 17) after a home win over No. 4 Michigan (71-69, 20T) on Sunday (February 13). ).
The Wildcats are 8-3 in non-conference play.
After a 3-4 start in B1G, the Wildcats went 3-2 in February, including their double-overtime win over No. 4-ranked Michigan.
Northwestern is 4-5 in real road games this season and posted a 3-4 mark in Big Ten road games, including the team’s 77-69 win at the time. . 22 Iowa on January 6. NU lost back-to-back conference road games — at Minnesota and No. 5 Indiana — on Sunday.
Northwestern is led by senior G Veronica Burton who is averaging 18.0 points per game (ninth in B1G). Burton is the only Wildcat to average in double digits, followed by freshman forward Caileigh Walsh (8.2 ppg).
Burton also leads the team in three-pointers (36), assists (151), steals (95), three-point percentage (34.6%) and free throw percentage (82.5%). ).
Senior F Courtney Shaw is the team’s leading rebounder, with 9.9 rebounds per game, which ranks third in the B1G behind Illinois. Kendall Bostic (11.86) and Maryland’s Angel Reese (10.73).
Head coach Joe McKeown is in his 14th season at the helm of the program after serving as head coach for 19 seasons at George Washington (1986-89) and three seasons at New Mexico State (1989- 2008).

Series vs. Northwestern
Sunday’s game against Northwestern marks the 83rd in the series between the Illini and the Wildcats dating back to the 1975-76 season.
At 83 games, the series is tied with Illinois-Purdue for the most contests against a single opponent in program history.
Illinois trails in the all-time series, 34-48. The Illini are 18-21 in games played in Champaign, 13-24 in Evanston and 3-3 in neutral-site competition.
The Wildcats won both regular season matchups last season, including a narrow 67-61 victory at State Farm Center on Feb. 24, 2021. NU also eliminated the Illini in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Big Ten Championship with
Overall, Northwestern has won 13 straight games in the series. Illinois’ last victory over NU was a 76-74 win at Evanston on January 15, 2014.
NU has also won seven straight games at Champaign since Illinois last won at home on Feb. 20, 2012 (69-57).
Sunday’s match is the first between U of I and NU this season. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, January 13, but was moved to allow other Big Ten games to be postponed. The second game of the season, originally scheduled for Saturday January 30 at Evanston, has also been postponed in accordance with B1G COVID-19 protocols and has not yet been rescheduled.

Equality and Inclusion Evening
Sunday’s game against Northwestern has been designated as Illinois’ Equality and Inclusion Night. as the team will participate in the national campaign organized by the Rising Coaches Association.
Members of the Fighting Illini coaching staff will wear black on the sidelines and wear an “equals sign” pin that was created by the organization to symbolize equality.
Additionally, the Illini team will wear their gray uniforms with black accessories during the match.

The Fighting Illini face their final road test of the 2021-22 regular season on Thursday, traveling to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The denunciation between the Illini and the Gophers is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast live on B1G+.
Minnesota (12-15, 5-10 B1G) plays Nebraska on Sunday.

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