Illinois vs. Indiana preview capsule

John Supinie

Illinois (8-8, 0-3) vs. No. 10 Indiana (13-1, 2-0)

3:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind. (TV: CBS; Radio: Illini Sports Network)

ILLINOIS                    ppg  rpg

F Brian Randle Sr. 6-8  9.8 4.9

C Shaun Pruitt Sr. 6-10  12.4 8.1

G Demetri McCamey Fr. 6-3 6.4 1.9

G Calvin Brock Jr. 6-5 8.1 3.8

G Trent Meacham Jr. 6-2 10.3 2.7

INDIANA                 ppg   rpg

F D.J. White Sr. 6-9 16.7 10.9

F Mike White Sr. 6-6 4.7 3.9

G Jordan Crawford Fr. 6-4  13.5 3.7

G Jamarcus Ellis Jr. 6-5 8.3 7.7

G Eric Gordon Fr. 6-4 23.5 3.1

NOTEWORTHY: Illinois won two of three games played against the Hoosiers last season, but Indiana holds an 80-78 advantage overall. The Illini have lost their last two games in Bloomington, Ind., by a total of six points. The teams split two regular-season games last season, then Illinois defeated Indiana 58-54 in overtime in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, sealing an NCAA tournament berth for the Illini. . . . Illinois hasn't been under .500 since the 1998-99 season. . . Indiana has a nine-game winning streak. . . . Illinois guard Chester Frazier is questionable with a rib injury. Indiana guard Armon Bassett missed Indiana's game Tuesday at Michigan because of an ankle injury. . . . Indiana leads the Big Ten by averaging 82.6 points per game. The Illini average 66.2.

KEY FOR ILLINI: Generate some offense. No matter how well the Illini play defensively, they need a big day on offense to keep pace with Indiana.

KEY FOR HOOSIERS: Keep Randle and Pruitt down. The Illini seniors are both in a slump.

KEY QUOTE: "When you look at teams around the league, you always try to mentally gear yourself and 'Can we beat this team or that team?' You thought Shaun (Pruitt) and D.J. would be a good matchup. Between Brian Randle and Chester Frazier, you have somebody who could stay near (Gordon). Chester is struggling and hurt. Randle is struggling. It's a tough matchup. (Gordon has) played at a very, very high level.'' - Illinois coach Bruce Weber.

PREDICTION: Indiana 72, Illinois 57