no 19 Illini Take on No. 16 Virginia in the Main Event Title Game

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Illinois Probable Starters
pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Note
G 1 skyy clark 6-3 200 Fr. 7.5 4.0 2.5 53.3% FG (8-15); 40% 3FG (4-10)
G 0 Terrence Shannon Jr. 6-6 215 Sr. 24.3 7.5 3.5 fifth in NCAA in scoring; 8 threes vs. UCLA
G 15 RJ Melendez 6-7 205 So. 5.3 2.8 1.0 2nd on group in steals (6) & blocks (4)
G/F 24 Matthew Mayer 6-9 225 Gr. 6.5 3.3 2.0 11 pts, 5 ast & 4 reb vs UCLA
F 33 Coleman Hawkins 6-10 225 Jr. 10.0 6.3 3.8 Career-high 7 assists vs. UCLA
Off the Bench
pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Note
G 1 Sencire Harris 6-4 160 Fr. 6.3 1.0 0.5 +16 in 9 minutes vs. UCLA
F 2 Connor Serven 6-9 235 Jr. 0.0 1.0 0.0 Academic All-Big Ten
G 3 Jayden Epps 6-2 190 Fr. 10.0 2.0 2.3 4.5 help/turnover ratio (9:2)
G 10 Luke Goode 6-7 200 So. 2.0 1.8 0.5 2021-22 stats; sidelined (foot surgical procedure)
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 Fr. 2.3 3.8 2.0 50% FG (4-8)
G 22 Paxton Warden 6-4 180 Fr. 0.0 0.0 0.0 Illinois state champion
F 42 Dain Dainja 6-9 270 r-So. 16.3 8.0 0.3 1st in NCAA in FG% at 85.7% (30-35)

Head Coach Brad Underwood

Career Record: 207-93 (.690), tenth 12 months
At Illinois: 98-66 (.598), sixth 12 months
Big Ten: 55-43 (.561)

Series Notes vs. Virginia

All-Time Record: First assembly
Underwood vs. Virginia: First assembly

Notes from the 79-70 Win Over #8 UCLA

• No. 19 Illinois strikes on to face #16 Virginia on Sunday in the Championship of the Continental Tire Main Event (2 pm CT, ESPN).

• Illinois’ win over #8 UCLA improved the program to 11-5 in their final 16 video games versus top-10 groups throughout the Underwood period.

• It was Illinois’ first win over a Top 10 opponent since defeating No. 5 Iowa on March 13, 2021, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 29 factors on 9-of-13 capturing, only one level shy of his profession excessive he set the earlier recreation vs. Monmouth. He additionally grabbed 10 rebounds and had three assists.

Shannon made eight 3-pointers in 9 makes an attempt, matching the faculty single-game file. He is the sixth participant in program historical past to make eight threes in a recreation.

• According to @ESPNStatsInfo, Shannon is considered one of solely two gamers in the final 25 seasons to have 25 factors, 10 rebounds and eight threes in a top-25 matchup (Trae Young vs. TCU in 2018).

Shannon recorded a first-half double-double (10 pts, 10 reb). It was his first double-double as an Illini, and third of his profession.

Shannon eclipsed the 1,000-point profession mark throughout the second half.

Shannon now has three 20-point video games in 4 contests to start out his Illini profession.

Shannon is the third Illini participant since the 2010-11 season to attain at the least 29 factors and seize at the least 10 rebounds in a recreation. Kofi Cockburn and Malcolm Hill every had 4 such video games in their profession.

Shannon is now averaging 24.2 ppg, rating fifth in the nation in scoring.

• Illinois trailed by as many as 15 factors (29-44) with lower than 18 minutes remaining earlier than going on a 29-8 tear to take management with a 58-52 lead at the 8-minute mark.

• Illinois outscored UCLA 51-33 in the second half

• The Illini outscored the Bruins 18-8 in the paint and shot 56.7 p.c (17-30) in the closing body.

Dain Dainja scored 13 factors on excellent 6-of-6 capturing.

Dainja has tallied double digits in factors in all 4 video games this season.

Dainja is now capturing 85.7% from the area on the season (30-35) to steer the NCAA.

Matthew Mayer scored a season-high 11 factors to go together with 5 assists.

Coleman Hawkins posted a career-high seven assists.

skyy clark matched his career-high with 10 factors scored. It’s the second time this season he has reached double figures.

• Illinois has began a season 4-0 for the first time since the 2017-18 marketing campaign, Brad Underwood‘s first season at the helm of the program.

• Illinois made 12 three-pointers, the second time this season which have hit at the least 12 pictures from deep.

Illini in Vegas

Illinois is making its seventh journey to Las Vegas, and fifth for a multi-team occasion. Illinois received its first three MTE’s in Vegas, claiming titles at the 2001 Las Vegas (*19*) and 2004 Las Vegas Holiday Classic held at Valley High School, and the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invite at The Orleans.

Illinois is 9-3 all-time in video games performed in Las Vegas and appears for its fourth MTE title in Las Vegas on Sunday vs. Virginia in the championship recreation of the Continental Tire Main Event.

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