Box Score Breakdown: Purdue @ Illinois

Box Score Breakdown: Purdue @ Illinois

The Illini finished up their run through the bottom of the Big Ten with an eighteen point victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in Champaign. Bruce Weber had to look at the Illini's win and hope just one simple thing would carry over into future games, Rich McBride's offensive diversification. This edition of the Box Score Breakdown looks at Illinois' win over Purdue, and some new elements displayed in Rich's offensive repertoire.

The Illini finished up the easy part of their early Big Ten schedule just the way they were expected to, with an easy win over the Purdue Boilermakers. The games against Northwestern, Minnesota, and Purdue allowed the Illini to gain confidence in their abilities before heading into a much tougher part of their schedule with road trips to Madison and Columbus.

This was the first time Purdue entered Assembly Hall under their new coach Matt Painter. The odds that Painter remembers his first trip as head coach to Champaign fondly are pretty low as after the Boilermakers jumped out to an early lead, the Illini took over and never looked back. The Illini were not going to lose in Assembly Hall, especially to the same program that was the last one to defeat the Illini in Champaign a mere thirty-two home games ago.

Saturday afternoon was an offensive coming out party for junior shooting guard Rich McBride. McBride led the Illini in scoring with 19 points, and he scored in every aspect of the game. He was able to make spot up three point shots. He went to the free throw line after dribble drives. He made floaters off dribble drives. He pump faked three point shots, and took the ball in the lane. Rich showed off the offensive skills many fans had been waiting to see since he was a freshman. Outside of a few games earlier in his career, most notably against Memphis in Assembly Hall during his freshman season, this was the most offensively diversified game Rich McBride played as an Illini.

Player Name MIN TS% FTR %3PS AST TO UsgR TP PSA
Rich McBride 34 80.78 0.40 60.00 2 1 15.79 19 1.62


After spending three seasons at Illinois averaging less than one free throw every four games, Rich drove the ball to the lane and ended up shooting four free throws on Saturday. If McBride can continue to diversify his offensive game as the season progresses, the Illini may have found their third scorer behind seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine.

FIVE MAN UNITS

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Brian Randle James Augustine 10 3:40
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Brian Randle Marcus Arnold 8 4:09
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt 7 3:45
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Rich McBride Brian Randle James Augustine 4 2:01
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Rich McBride Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 2 4:03
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine 2 1:52
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 2 0:51
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Calvin Brock Warren Carter Marcus Arnold 2 0:33
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Warren Carter James Augustine 2 0:14
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter James Augustine 0 2:09
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt 0 2:03
Dee Brown Rich McBride Calvin Brock Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 0 1:31
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Rich McBride Marcus Arnold James Augustine 0 0:53
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 0 0:48
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt -2 1:07
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Calvin Brock Brian Randle Marcus Arnold -2 0:45
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -3 1:03
Chester Frazier Chris Hicks Calvin Brock Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -3 0:49
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Rich McBride Warren Carter James Augustine -5 2:26
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -6 5:18


Best Five Man Unit: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, Rich McBride, Brian Randle, and James Augustine
Worst Five Man Unit: Dee Brown, Rich McBride, Brian Randle, Shaun Pruitt, and James Augustine

  • It is never a good sign to see your starting lineup at the bottom of the barrel in this list. The Illini starting five did not start out either half well for the Illini, and forced them to dig back from early deficits. Against teams like Purdue, the Illini can fight through the bad starts, but against better teams especially on the road, like say Wisconsin in Madison, an early deficit can spell the end for the Fighting Illini. Here is to hoping the starting five comes out with more fire on Tuesday evening in Madison.
GUARD / FORWARD COMBINATIONS

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride 27 14:34
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith 2 3:05
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Rich McBride 1 9:23
Dee Brown Rich McBride Calvin Brock 0 1:31
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Calvin Brock 0 1:18
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride -2 1:07
Dee Brown Jamar Smith -3 1:03
Chester Frazier Chris Hicks Calvin Brock -3 0:49
Dee Brown Rich McBride -4 7:10


Best Guard Combination: Dee Brown, Jamar Smith, and Rich McBride
Worst Guard Combination: Dee Brown & Rich McBride

  • The three guard offense definitely was more effective for the Illini on Saturday afternoon. The Illini have used the three guard offense extremely effectively against the weaker teams in the conference. Many times when the Illini have gone to three guards, Weber has shifted Brian Randle to the power forward position.
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Brian Randle James Augustine 14 5:41
Brian Randle Marcus Arnold 6 4:54
Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt 5 6:55
Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 4 7:13
Marcus Arnold James Augustine 0 0:53
Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine -1 2:55
Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -1 1:22
Warren Carter James Augustine -3 4:49
Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -6 5:18


Best Forward Combination: Brian Randle & James Augustine
Worst Forward Combination: Brian Randle, Shaun Pruitt, and James Augustine

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Player Name Differential
Jamar Smith 24
Dee Brown 23
Rich McBride 22
Brian Randle 18
James Augustine 8
Marcus Arnold 4
Shaun Pruitt 3
Chester Frazier -2
Chris Hicks -3
Calvin Brock -3
Warren Carter -4


Illinois' Best Player: Jamar Smith
Illinois' Worst Player: Warren Carter

  • It is not surprising that the three guard attack of Dee Brown, Rich McBride, and Jamar Smith are the three highest rated players in the +/- statistics. All three players were instrumental in the Illini runs that put away the Boilermakers, and every time they were on the floor together the Illini pretty much had their way.


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