Illini grade vs. St. Francis: A

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyler Griffey, Illinois.
The senior sharp-shooter displayed a lethal pull-up jumper to his prolific outside shooting prowess while bagging 17 points to go along with five boards and two blocks.

BACKCOURT
Illinois A
St. Francis C

Brandon Paul (14 points) and Tracy Abrams (15) combined to deliver 10 assists for the Illini while turning it over four times against a physical Terriers squad.

FRONTCOURT
Illinois A
St. Francis D

Griffey is playing as well as he has during his career, and Nnanna Egwu (10 points, five rebounds) played with a confidence that was missing in the season opener.

BENCH
Illinois A
St. Francis B

There was no letdown for the Illini when the regular three subs were on the floor, and the contributions of Mike LaTulip (seven points) and Devin Langford (three) could be a boost.
 
OVERALL
Illinois A
St. Francis C-

The Terriers made the Illini coaches nervous heading into the game, and they’ve got to be feeling pretty good about their team’s progress through two games with a tough trip on the horizon.

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penniless wrote on November 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

An "A" really?? Me thinks there might be Media bias. Compared to ST Francis,maybe.

Dan Bloeme wrote on November 13, 2012 at 10:11 am
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It was a good effort but not an "A". Not perfection yet, still too many brainfarts and their letting up near end of game perplexed Coach Groce. Breaking that Weber habit of playing not to lose and milking clock with leads in 2nd half keeps rearing it's ugly head. Hopefully John Groce can exorcise those lingering Bruce Weber demons and this team will become entirely Groce's. Before long this team will have learned all new habits and won't take their foot off the pedal.

aaeismacgychel wrote on November 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

I have to agree with the comments. I thought we played a really good game from modway through the first half to midway through the second half especially. I would have liked us to play less sloppy in the final 10 minutes, play tougher defense, and to keep working for a better shot selection. Granted, we were up by 30+ at that point, but there still is a lot to clean up in our play. I'm still not sold on our three-point shooting ability because of the last couple years, but if we can make our open threes this year, our record will indeed look better than last year. That was one of our biggest problems last year- missing wide open shots at critical times.

I'd give the team a B+/A-. I thought it was a really good game they put together at least for parts of the night, but they need to put together a full 40. This trip to Hawaii will be interesting. I'd call this a successful trip if we just win our first two games @Hawaii and vUSC. If we can do that, and play Texas hard, win or lose, I'd say the trip went about as well as could be expected.