LAS VEGAS — Illinois followers flocked to Sin City to give the No. 19-ranked Illini a home-court benefit greater than 1,700 miles from Champaign and see if their workforce was prepared for an prolonged residency amongst school basketball’s greatest. And in their first take a look at on the high-roller desk, the Illini labored out of an early gap to take house the jackpot, a marquee 79-70 win over No. 8 UCLA in the (*8*) Tire Main Event at T-Mobile Arena.
(*19*) Shannon led Illinois (4-0) with a game-high 29 factors and tied an Illinois report with eight made 3-pointers (on 9 makes an attempt) to go together with a team-high 10 rebounds, three assists and a block. Dain Dainja had 13 factors on 6-for-6 taking pictures off the bench, and Matthew Mayer scored a season-high 11 factors, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
Jaime Jaquez scored 20 factors and Tiger Campbell had 22 factors to lead UCLA (3-1), however the duo wanted a mixed 45 shot makes an attempt for that manufacturing.
Illinois constructed a 19-12 lead via the primary 10 minutes because the Illini’s size bothered UCLA to a 4-for-19 taking pictures begin. But Campbell and Jaquez went off in the course of the remaining 10 minutes of the half, combining for 22 of UCLA’s 25 remaining factors of the half because the Bruins ended the half on a 10-0 run to take a 37-28 halftime lead. The Illini dedicated 13 turnovers in the course of the first half.
UCLA prolonged its lead to 44-29 early in the second half, however Illinois amped up its strain defensively and located life — spurred by a defensive burst from freshman Sencire Harris — and Shannon made six second-half 3-pointers whereas Dainja scored 3 times on put up strikes to flip a 15-point deficit into as excessive as a 12-point lead late in the half.
What it means: The Illini confirmed they’ve the expertise, teaching and grit to be top-of-the-line groups in the nation. The Illini confronted their first adversity of the season and responded. Underwood made an excellent defensive adjustment by urgent with Sencire Harris, and the Illini had the celebrities to elevate Illinois out of a deficit, particularly Shannon and Dainja. After successful in a Sweet Sixteen-like environment towards top-of-the-line groups in the nation, this Illini workforce confirmed it may very well be actually, actually good.
Star of the sport: Illinois received the lottery in touchdown (*19*) Shannon. The Texas Tech switch is enjoying like an All-American and first-round draft decide (lottery would not appear illogical), and he’s thriving with improved well being and extra freedom as a playmaker in the Illini’s offense. Two seasons after shedding Ayo DosunmuIllinois once more has top-of-the-line guards in the nation.
Stats of the sport
- Illinois outscored UCLA 51-33 in the second half.
- Illinois made 12 of 25 from three.
- Shannon tied a program report with eight made 3-pointers, tying Alfonso Plummer, Brandon Paul, Trent Meacham, Dee Brown and Kevin Turner.
- UCLA made simply 9 of its final 30 pictures.
- Illinois had 21 turnovers, together with 13 in the primary half.
- Illinois compelled UCLA into 15 turnovers, together with 9 in the second half.
- The Illinois bench out-scored UCLA 21-15.
- The Illini have been a plus-16 when Mayer and Harris have been on the court docket.
- Brad Underwood is now 11-5 towards in his final 16 video games towards top-10 groups.
Don’t overlook: Sencire Harris mainly took Tiger Campbell out of the sport. Campbell in the second half — with principally Harris guarding him — scored simply two factors on 1-for-6 taking pictures with 4 turnovers via the primary 18 minutes of the second half. Harris, a high-energy, lanky guard, regarded to be out of the rotation when he did not play in the primary half, however he proved to be a spark plug off the bench. The Illini have been a plus-16 in Harris’ 9 minutes on the court docket.
What’s subsequent: Illinois performs no. 16 Virginia at Baylor at 2 pm CT on Sunday. The Cavaliers defeated Baylor 86-79 on Friday, occurring a 30-5 run to begin the second half, led by 26 factors from Armaan Franklin.