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No. 16 Illini Return Home Friday vs. Lindenwood < Illinois


















Illinois Probable Starters
position no Surname Ht. weight Year. PPG role playing game APG note
G 1 Heaven Clark 6-3 200 Mrs. 7.6 4.0 2.2 52.6% FW (10-19); 42.9% 3FG (6-14)
G 0 Terrence Shannon Jr. 6-6 215 sir 21.2 6.8 4.0 18th in the NCAA in scoring; 8 threes against UCLA
G fifteen RJ Melendez 6-7 205 So. 5.8 2.2 0.8 2nd on Team in Steals (7)
G/F 24 Matthew Mayer 6-9 225 GR. 6.0 3.4 1.6 11 points, 5 ast & 4 reb against UCLA
f 33 Coleman Hawkins 6-10 225 jr 10.0 5.2 3.6 10 Points & 3 Black vs. UVA; 7th against UCLA
From the bank
position no Surname Ht. weight Year. PPG role playing game APG note
G 1 Sencire Harris 6-4 160 Mrs. 5.6 1.2 0.6 +23 in 16 minutes in Las Vegas
f 2 Connor served 6-9 235 jr 0.0 1.0 0.0 Academic All Big Ten
G 3 Jayden Epps 6-2 190 Mrs. 10.8 2.4 1.8 Team high 14 points against UVA
G 10 Luke Good 6-7 200 So. 2.0 1.8 0.5 Statistics 2021-22; paused (foot surgery)
C 12 Brandon Lieb 7-0 220 jr 0.7 1.0 0.0 Academic All Big Ten
G/F 20 Ty Rodgers 6-6 200 Mrs. 1.8 3.6 1.6 2.0 assist/turnover ratio (8:4)
G 22 Paxton Warden 6-4 180 Mrs. 0.0 0.0 0.0 Illinois State Champion
f 42 Dain Dainja 6-9 270 r-So. 14.0 7.6 0.2 3rd in NCAA in FG% at 80% (32-40)

head coach Brad Underwood

Career: 207-94 (.688), 10th year
In Illinois: 98-67 (.594), 6th year
Big Ten: 55-43 (.561)

Series Notes vs. Lindenwood

All-time record: Illinois leads 1-0
Last meeting: Illinois 117, Lindenwood 65 (November 26, 2019 at Champaign)
Undergrowth vs. Basswood: 1-0

Opening tips

• Illinois, No. 16, play their first home game in 11 days on Friday night and host Lindenwood (8pm CT, B1G+).

Brad Underwood is nearing his 100th Illinois win, two away from becoming the sixth head coach in school history to reach 100 wins.

• Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Terrence Shannon Jr. leads the Fighting Illini with an average of 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Shannon is ranked 18th in NCAA scoring and second among Big Ten players (Kris Murray, Iowa).

shannon is one of only two players in the country to average at least 20 points, six rebounds and four assists (Elijah Pepper, UC Davis).

Dain Dainja is one of the most productive players in the nation, averaging 14.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in just 18.7 minutes. He ranks third in the NCAA for field goal percentage with 80%.

dainya is the only player in the nation to average at least 12 points and six rebounds in under 20 minutes per game.

• Illinois have seven freshmen in their current nine-man rotation, including four true freshmen.

• Illinois climbed to 16th in this week’s AP poll after debuting at 23rd in the preseason rankings and climbing to 19th last week. Brad Underwood has Illinois in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive year after leading the program to a final AP ranking of 21st in 2020, 2nd in 2021 and 19th in 2022.

• Illinois is a completely different team this season, welcoming three Power Five transfers and a Top 10 recruiting class with eight signings.

• Illinois must replace all five regular starters, its five top scorers and a total of 10 players from last year’s Big Ten champions. The Illini are down 86% of their points, 80% of their rebounds and 83% of their minutes from a year ago.

• Illinois is the most victorious team in the Big Ten for the past three seasons, posting a 44-16 mark in league play. The Illini won the regular-season championship in 2022, led the conference with wins, added a B1G tournament crown in 2021, and finished a game short of the title in 2020.

Shannon Jr’s B1G Week

Terrence Shannon Jr. is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week. He earned the honors after averaging 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 59.5% from the field and 56.5% from three. He had career and school record performances while leading the No. 16 Fighting Illini to a 2-1 record that week, including a top 10 win.

Shannon started the week on a new career high with 30 points in just 23 minutes in the blowout win over Monmouth, eight rebounds and four assists.

Then he had arguably the signature performance of early college basketball, throwing in 29 points and tying the school record with eight 3-pointers in Illinois’ comeback win over No. 8 UCLA in Las Vegas.

Shannon was on fire all night, going 8 of 9 from downtown and becoming the sixth player in Illini history to make eight three-pointers in a game. He also hit his third career double-double — and first as Illini — and racked up 10 rebounds against UCLA to match his 29 points.

Shannon ended the week by perfecting his career with six assists and nine points in the loss to No. 16 Virginia in the Continental Tire Main Event championship game.

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