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2015 NIT Bracket: Illinois vs Alabama Scouting Report

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The Illini are headed to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday to face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Fighting Illini Basketball (19-13, 9-9) was given a No. 3 seed in the 2015 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) and will be headed to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night to face the No. 6 seed Alabama Crimson Tide (18-14, 8-10). If you're not familiar with this SEC foe, don't worry--we've done some research for you. Here's a quick scouting report on #BAMA:

Alabama Crimson TIde (18-14, 8-10)

RPI Ranking: No. 84

KenPom Ranking: No. 61

Important to note: Alabama fired HC Anthony Grant on Sunday

Four Factors:

Offense Defense
Effective FG % 50.4 (104th) 47.8 (115th)
Turnover % 19.1 (174th) 19.1 (170th)
Offensive Rebounding % 30.0 (206th) 31.5 (200th)
FTA/FGA 44.1 (31st) 40.0 (237)

Offensive Numbers:

3PT%: 31.2% (258th)

2PT%: 51.9% (41st)

FT%: 72.2% (72nd)

Leading Scorers:

  1. Levi Randolph, 15.2PPG
  2. Ricky Tarrant, 13.1PPG
  3. Rodney Cooper, 10.6

Leading Rebounders:

  1. Michael Kessens, 5.3RPG
  2. Levi Randolph, 5.0RPG
  3. Jimmie Taylor, 4.9RPG

Games vs. Notable Opponents:

  • Nov. 24th, No. 13 Iowa State (L 74-84)
  • Nov. 25th, Arizona State (W 76-71)
  • Dec. 6th, @ Xavier (L 84-97)
  • Dec. 16th, @ No. 11 Witchita State (L 52-53)
  • Dec. 28th, UCLA (W 56-50)
  • Jan. 17th, No. 1 Kentucky (L 48-70)
  • Jan. 31st, @ No. 1 Kentucky (L 55-70)

Common Opponent:

  • Feb. 4th Missouri (W 62-49)

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