Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Underwood: 'Liked the way our guys rallied'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood breaks down his team's blowout victory agaisnt Longwood, including how the Illini played with the changes made with Leron Black and Kipper Nichols out.

Jordan: 'We don't say everyday guys for no reason'

Illinois forward Michael Finke and guard Aaron Jordan discuss the Illini's 92-45 victory against Longwood on Wednesday night at State Farm Center.

Illini show unselfish side in runaway

CHAMPAIGN — Not even an hour after Illinois finished up its rout of Longwood, Illini coach Brad Underwood was clearly ready to get his team together to watch the film from the win.

One of Underwood's challenges for his team heading into Wednesday night's game was to move the ball.

Man or zone defense, it didn't matter. Underwood didn't want the ball to stick.

Illini notebook: Bench provides boost

CHAMPAIGN — Greg Eboigbodin played a career high 13 minutes Wednesday against Longwood. Fellow freshman forward Matic Vessel matched him with his own career high of 13 minutes and scored his first career points in the first half on a tip-in putback.

Both were called on for more off the bench with Leron Black (left elbow) and Kipper Nichols (left foot) out with injuries.

Illini report card: A

Our take on the Illini's 92-45 win over Longwood on Wednesday night:

What happened

LIVE! Longwood

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois followed up its loss to UNLV, marking four in the last five games, with a 92-45 victory against Longwood. Aaron Jordan led the Illini with 22 points and was joined in double figures by Trent Frazier (20 points), Michael Finke (19) and Mark Alstork (10).

UI Men's Basketball vs. Longwood

Illini men's basketball vs. Longwood in a NCAA game at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

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Lineups: Longwood at Illinois, 7 p.m. today

Illinois (7-4)

Starters

P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Te'Jon Lucas So. 6-1 6.3

G Mark Smith Fr. 6-4 9.4

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 7.4

G Aaron Jordan Jr. 6-5 11.5

C Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 11.7

Illini hit with the injury bug

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois was already planning on being down one forward today against Longwood after Leron Black was injured in Saturday's loss to UNLV.

His hyperextended left elbow has Illini coach Brad Underwood not expecting him to be available for tonight's 7 p.m. tipoff against the Lancers.