Illini brace for late-night test at Hawaii gameCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois faces what will likely be its toughest test of the season Friday night at Hawaii.
The Illini (2-0) have taken care of easier opponents in Lewis and St. Francis (N.Y.) so far. But the Rainbow Warriors (3-0) are likely a notch or two better than either of those teams.
Hawaii is coming off a 73-60 win over Houston Baptist and have four players averaging double-figure scoring so far this season. They include leading scorer Christian Stanhardinger, who's averaging 17 points a game and center Vander Joaquim, who's averaging 15 points a game.
Illinois is so far led by Brandon Paul's 17 points a game. Tracy Abrams is averaging 14 points a game.
The Illini are 6-0 all-time against Hawaii.
Friday's game will tip off at 11:30 p.m. Central time. Pregame on 100.1 FM WJBD will begin at 11:00.
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