The last game Abrams appeared in for Illinois was on March 23, 2014. He’s more than two years — 853 days, to be exact — removed from that second-round NIT loss at Clemson.
Illini projected sixth in West
There’s a place on any roster for a point guard who can get his own shot.
After switching from offense to defense prior to the 2013 season, the Bolingbrook product has seen his role — and his production — increase each season.
Frankly, this might be too low for the Cougars, who are coming off a Peach Bowl win against Florida State.
Lovie Smith is optimistic, exuding confidence that bowl possibilities are real. It’s not quite so rosy in the world of non-partisans. Most doubt the Illini.
Leadership and communication are two of the biggest traits offensive linemen can possess. And the fifth-year senior brings both of them to the table.
2016 Football Schedule
|Sept. 3, vs. Murray State, TBD|
|Sept. 10, vs. North Carolina, 6:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 17, vs. Western Michigan, TBD|
|Oct. 1, at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 8, vs. Purdue, TBD|
Oct. 15, at Rutgers, 11 a.m.
Oct. 22, at Michigan, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m.
Nov. 5, vs. Michigan State, TBD
Nov. 12, at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 19, vs. Iowa, TBD
|Nov. 26, at Northwestern, TBD|
|Nov. 8 Illinois vs. Springfield, W 104-69 (exh.)*|
|Nov. 13 Illinois vs. North Florida, L 93-81*|
|Nov. 15 Illinois vs. North Dakota State, W 80-74*|
|Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Providence, L 60-59|
|Nov. 21 Illinois vs. Chattanooga, L 81-77|
|Nov. 23 Illinois vs. Chicago State, W 82-79*|
|Nov. 27 Illinois vs. UAB, W 72-58#|
|Nov. 28 Illinois vs. Iowa State, L 84-73#|
|Dec. 2 Illinois vs. Notre Dame, L 84-79|
|Dec. 5 Illinois vs. Western Carolina , W 80-68|
|Dec. 9 Illinois vs. Yale, W 69-65|
|Dec. 12 Illinois vs. UIC, W 83-79|
|Dec. 19 Illinois vs. South Dakota, W 91-79|
|Dec. 23 Illinois vs. Missouri, W 82-79|
|Dec. 30 Illinois vs. Michigan, L 78-68|
|Jan. 3 Illinois vs. Ohio State, L 75-73|
|Jan. 7 Illinois vs. Michigan State, L 79-54|
|Jan. 10 Illinois vs. Purdue, W 84-70|
|Jan. 16 Illinois vs. Nebraska, L 78-67|
|Jan. 19 Illinois vs. Indiana, L 103-69|
|Jan. 23 Illinois vs. Minnesota, W 76-71 (OT)|
|Jan. 28 Illinois vs. Ohio State, L 68-63|
|Jan. 31 Illinois vs Wisconsin, L 63-55|
|Feb. 3 Illinois vs. Rutgers, W 110-101 (3OT)|
|Feb. 7 Illinois vs. Iowa, L 77-65|
|Feb. 13 Illinois vs. Northwestern, L 58-56|
|Feb. 16 Illinois vs. Rutgers, W 82-66|
|Feb. 21 Illinois vs. Wisconsin, L 69-60|
|Feb. 25 Illinois vs. Indiana, L 74-47|
|Feb. 28 Illinois vs. Minnesota, W 84-71|
|Mar. 3 Illinois vs. Maryland, L 55-81|
|Mar. 6 Illinois vs. Penn State, L 79-86 (2OT)|
|Mar. 9 Illinois vs. Minnesota, W 85-52|
|Mar. 10 Illinois vs. Iowa, W 68-66|
|Mar. 11 Illinois vs. Purdue, L 58-89|
*at Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield #at Niceville, Fla. %at St. Louis