|Illinois Likely Starters|
|gram||one||Sky Clark||6-3||200||about.||7.6||4.0||2.2||52.6% FG (10-19); 42.9% 3FG (6-14)|
|gram||0||Terrence Shannon Jr.||6-6||215||older||21.2||6.8||4.0||18th in NCAA in scoring; 8 triples against UCLA|
|gram||fifteen||R. J. Melendez||6-7||205||So.||5.8||2.2||0.8||2nd on the team in steals (7)|
|g/f||24||Matthew Mayer||6-9||225||gr.||6.0||3.4||1.6||11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds vs UCLA|
|F||33||Coleman Hawkins||6-10||225||Jr||10.0||5.2||3.6||10 points and 3 points against UVA; 7 ace vs UCLA|
|off the bench|
|gram||one||Sensire Harris||6-4||160||about.||5.6||1.2||0.6||+23 for 16 minutes in Las Vegas|
|F||2||Connor Serven||6-9||235||Jr||0.0||1.0||0.0||Academic Big Ten|
|gram||3||Jayden Epps||6-2||190||about.||10.8||2.4||1.8||Team score 14 vs UVA|
|gram||ten||Luke Good||6-7||200||So.||2.0||1.8||0.5||2021-22 statistics; aside (foot surgery)|
|FROM||12||Brandon Lieb||7-0||220||Jr||0.7||1.0||0.0||Academic Big Ten|
|g/f||twenty||Ty Rogers||6-6||200||about.||1.8||3.6||1.6||Gear/gear ratio 2.0 (8:4)|
|gram||22||Paxton Worden||6-4||180||about.||0.0||0.0||0.0||Illinois state champion|
|F||42||Dain Dainja||6-9||270||r-Yes.||14.0||7.6||0.2||3rd in NCAA in FG% at 80% (32-40)|
Main coach Brad Underwood
Career record: 207-94 (.688), 10th year
In Illinois: 98-67 (.594), 6th year
Big Ten: 55–43 (0.561)
Series notes vs. Lindenwood
All time record: Illinois leads 1-0
Last meeting: IL 117 Lindenwood 65 (November 26, 2019 Champaign)
Underwood vs Lindenwood: 1-0
• The Illinois No. 16 plays its first home game in 11 days against Lindenwood on Friday night (20:00 CT, B1G+).
• Brad Underwood approaches his 100th Illinois win, a stone’s throw away from becoming the sixth head coach in school history to reach 100 wins.
• Big Ten Player of the Week Terrence Shannon Jr. leads in Fighting Illini, averaging 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Shannon ranks 18th in scoring in the NCAA and second among Big Ten players (Chris 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 highest scoring players in the country off the bench, averaging 14.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in just 18.7 minutes. He ranks third in the NCAA in field goal percentage (80%).
• Dinja is the only player in the country to average at least 12 points and six rebounds in less than 20 minutes per game.
• Illinois State has seven rookies from its current rotation of 9 players, including four real freshmen.
• Illinois climbed to 16th in the AP Poll this week after debuting at 23rd in the preseason and moving up to 19th last week. Brad Underwood Illinois is in the top 25 for the fourth consecutive season after the program led the program to the final AP rankings of 21st in 2020, 2nd in 2021, and 19th in 2022.
• Illinois has changed dramatically this season, with three top-five transfers and eight rookies in the top 10.
• Illinois must replace all five players on the main roster, the top five scorers and a total of 10 players from last year’s Big Ten champions. The Illini lost 86% points, 80% rebounds and 83% minutes played compared to last year.
• Illinois is the best team in the Big Ten over the past three seasons, with a 44-16 record in the league. Illini won the regular season championship in 2022, led the conference in wins by adding the B1G tournament crown in 2021, and finished one game behind the title in 2020.
B1G Shannon Jr. Week
Terrence Shannon Jr. – The current player of the week from the Big Ten. He won the award by averaging 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 59.5% shooting from the field and 56.5% from three-pointers. He had career and school records while leading Fighting Illini at number 16 with a 2-1 record in a week including a top 10 win.
Shannon started the week by setting a new career high with 30 points in just 23 minutes in a crucial win over Monmouth, adding eight rebounds and four assists.
He then put in what was arguably a signature early college basketball season game, scoring 29 points and setting a high school record with eight 3-pointers in Illinois’ return win over No. 8 UCLA in Las Vegas.
Shannon burned through the night, winning 8 of 9 from downtown and becoming the sixth player in Illini history with eight treys in a game. He also recorded his third career double-double—and first as the Illini—having a game-high 10 rebounds against UCLA for 29 points.
Shannon ended the week setting a career high with six assists and nine points in a loss to No. 16 Virginia in the Continental Tire Main Event Championship game.
Full Illinois Game Notes (PDF)