Episode 27: Why Giorgi Bezhanishvili matters

Episode 27: Why Giorgi Bezhanishvili matters

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois heads into Wednesday's Big Ten showdown with Ohio State in Chicago having lost six of eight games to start the season. All six losses also came against high major opponents.

 

That rough start would be even harder to handle if not for freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili. When the 6-foot-9 forward is on the court, he's proven to be a go-to option for the Illini. Staying on the court, though, is the question mark. Bezhanishvili's fouled out of his last two games and had four fouls in each of the previous five.

The bottom line through eight games, though? Illinois is better with Bezhanishvili than without him.

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