Illinois Fighting Illini vs. IPFW Mastodons Preview and Live Thread

Nov 22, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Tracy Abrams (13) brings the ball down court during the first half against the Chicago State Cougars at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

We are just inside fifteen minutes away from the Fighting Illini returning to their home hardwood fresh off their recent exciting road victory at UNLV this past Tuesday night. With that win, the Illini improved to 6-0 on the young season.

Tonight’s opponent, the IPFW Mastodons, comes into this contest with a 6-2 record behind a pair of 1 point losses including a season opening loss to Dayton who recently knocked off #11 Gonzaga. The Mastodons are led in scoring by senior forward Luis Jacobo (14.6 ppg). He is also second on the team in rebounding while averaging 5.8 rpg. Overall, this team is very balanced from a scoring perspective as they have 4 different players averaging 10 or more ppg.

This game will be a test to see how Illinois reacts following a tough comeback victory coupled with long travel back across the country.Β In order to avoid a letdown, the Illini will need to keep doing what has worked for them so far, and that is rebounding, particularly on the offensive glass. Illinois is the second best offensive rebounding team in the Big Ten boasting an impactful 16.7 offensive rebounds per game which the Illini are converting into an additional 15.5 second chance points per game.

The Skinny:

When: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at 7 PM CT

Where: State Farm Center

There is no television for this game. You can watch it online on espn3.com.

Join me during the game to live chat, or simply follow along with the comments section below for updates. GO ILLINI!

 

Topics: Illinois Fighting Illini

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  • @RPKraemer

    IPFW drains a 3 with 3:40 to play and now lead 51-50.

  • @RPKraemer

    Abrams strong to the rack and the Illini retake the lead, but now Egwu gets called for goaltend and IPFW leads 53-52.

  • @RPKraemer

    This has been highly entertaining if nothing else. The Illini pulled the trigger awfully quickly with the 2 point lead, but that’s going to be the nature of this team all season I think.

  • @RPKraemer

    RESET: 53-52 IPFW with 2:58 left in the game. Illinois is 4-19 from 3. IPFW is 7-17.

  • @RPKraemer

    Abrams hits a wild shot following contact to retake the lead,, and then Ekey absorbs the charge from Forbes on the next possession. 54-53 Illini with 1:39 left to play.

  • @RPKraemer

    Abrams 3 point attempt rattles out and IPFW has the ball down 1 with 1:05 left to play.

  • @RPKraemer

    IPFW has been absolutely horrible from the free throw line and it costs them the lead and then the tie. They are 2-13 from the stripe. Egwu is fouled by Forbes on the rebound attempt.

  • @RPKraemer

    Nnanna misses the first, and the second. Illini clinging to the 1 point lead with 35.2 left.

  • @RPKraemer

    Forbes fouls out as he hooked Egwu on an offensive move to the basket. The biggest ,man on the court is disqualified.

  • @RPKraemer

    Bertrand is going to get a shot at extending the lead with 26.4 to play and he misses the first, and he makes the second. 55-53 Illinois leads with a timeout called and IPFW to take possession.

  • @RPKraemer

    Rice with an epic steal with 7.5 seconds left, and he’s headed to the line. He makes the first, and the second as well.

  • @RPKraemer

    57-55 Illinois with 1.5 to play. Rice once again came up big down the stretch, this time defensively.

  • @RPKraemer

    That’s all she wrote. Illinois survives behind Rayvonte Rice’s 17 point performance. Abrams was sensational in the second half.