When: 11:10 a.m. Sunday
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
Series, last meeting: Illinois leads 3-2, Illinois 102, Houston 92, Dec. 14, 1985.
Records: Illinois 23-9, Houston 30-5
TV, radio: KMOV (4), KFNS (590 AM)
About Illinois: Jacob Grandison returned from a shoulder injury against Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, playing nine minutes off the bench, and should be available Sunday. ... Kofi Cockburn had a double-double against the Mocs and the All-American led the Illini in points (17) and rebounds (13). ... Trent Frazier (12.1 points per game) and Alfonso Plummer (14.8) also are featured in the offense. Plummer had 15 points and game-winning free throws against Chattanooga. ... Coleman Hawkins has emerged in the starting lineup as an energy man and had the game-winning block late.
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About Houston: The Cougars won the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles despite losing leading scorer Marcus Sasser in December to a season-ending injury. ... Houston made the Final Four last season and is fourth in the nation in the KenPom rankings. ... Texas Tech transfer Kyler Edwards leads the team with 13.9 points per game. ... Jamal Shead leads the team with six assists per game and has taken over point guard duties since being put in the starting lineup. ... The Cougars have five players averaging double figures. ... Big Fabian White Jr. averages 13.2 points and shoots 39.3% from 3. ... Josh Carlton leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 per game.
— Anderson Kimball