Illinois will look to improve on its best win of the season when it hosts Old Dominion on Saturday night at the State Farm Center. The Illini are coming off a 71-62 home win against No. 5 Michigan on Wednesday night. They are now 7-3 on the season. Old Dominion enters Saturday’s game with a 3-7 record, having lost each of its last six games. The Monarchs are coming off a 69-57 loss on the road against VCU on Tuesday.
Old Dominion on six-game losing streakOld Dominion has had a brutal stretch of games since mid-November. The Monarchs opened the season with wins in three of their first four games. Their season started with a 5-point loss to Northern Iowa on the road. They rebounded with wins against Saint Joseph’s, Loyola-Maryland and Northeastern in the following three contests. However, the last six games have not gone their way. The most recent losses were at the hands of William & Mary last week and VCU last Saturday. Their 12-point loss to the Rams broke a five-game losing skid as far as covering the spread.
The Monarchs are led by junior guard Xavier Green, who is scoring 14.6 points per game and grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game. He is the most efficient 3-point shooter on the team, making 16 of 46 attempts from beyond the arc. Junior guard Malik Curry is the only other scorer in double figures, adding 10.6 points per game. He is averaging a team-high 3.3 assists per game. Curry has not shot well from distance, only making 4 of 21 attempts from long range. Sophomore guard Jason Wade is averaging 9.8 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Marquis Godwin is scoring 8.7 points per game. He leads the team in made 3-pointers with a 21 of 68 mark from downtown.
Illinois off huge home winIllinois did a fantastic job of breaking a two-game losing skid when the Illini picked up a huge home win against No. 5 Michigan on Wednesday night. Prior to that win, Illinois had dropped games to Miami and No. 3 Maryland. Their loss to the Terrapins came on the road by just one point. On Wednesday, the team responded with possibly the biggest win in recent memory. However, it was not technically an upset. Illinois closed as a 1-point favorite, despite being unranked and facing a top five team in the country.
The Illini are led by freshman center Kofi Cockburn, who had a double-double in the win against the Wolverines. Cockburn is averaging a double-double, scoring 15.8 points per game and adding 10.6 rebounds per game. He is complemented by talented sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu, who is scoring 14.9 points per game. Dosunmu has struggled to find his range from downtown, only making 10 of 35 attempts from beyond the arc. Senior guard Andres Feliz is scoring 14.2 points per game and leads the team with 3.7 assists per outing. Trent Frazier and Giorgi Bezhanishvili are also scoring in double figures each game, with Frazier at 10.3 per game and Bezhanishvili adding 10.0 per contest.
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