Illinois vs. Hawaii preview capsule

John Supinie

Illinois (1-0) vs. Hawaii (0-1)

Midnight, Stan Sheriff Center (10,300), Honolulu (no TV, Illini Sports Network)

ILLINOIS (1-0)   ppg     rpg

F Brian Randle Sr. 6-8 14.0 4.0

F Rodney Alexander Jr. 6-7  9.0 5.0

C Shaun Pruitt Sr. 6-10 12.0 17.0

G Trent Meacham Jr. 6-2 9.0 4.0

G Chester Frazier Jr. 6-2 2.0 3.0

HAWAII (0-1)     ppg   rpg

F Bill Amis So. 6-9 6.0 6.0

F Bobby Nash Sr. 6-6 22.0 9.0

C Stephen Verwers Sr. 6-11 11.0 7.0

G Jared Dillinger Sr. 6-5 14.0 2.0

G Riley Luettgerodt Sr. 6-5 11.0 7.0

Noteworthy: Illinois leads the series 4-0 with three wins coming in Honolulu. Illinois makes its first appearance on the islands since playing in the Maui Invitational in the 2000-01 season. . . Of Illinois' 26 field goals in its opener, seven were dunks and 11 layups. . . Hawaii fell 73-72 to visiting San Diego in its season opener Friday. . . Hawaii starting point guard Matt Gibson isn't expected to play because of a knee injury suffered last week. . .

Key for Illini: Newcomers must handle the environment of playing on the road.

Key for Warriors: Keep the game close and make the Illini sweat.

Key quote: "We can't look forward to Maui until after we play Hawaii. We're a young team. We can't get too excited about Maui, then let a game slip away against Hawaii.'' -- Illinois guard Chester Frazier.

Prediction: Illinois 68, Hawaii 63