Illini grade vs. Gardner-Webb: C

Illini grade vs. Gardner-Webb: C

Marcus Jackson's take on Sunday's 63-62 Illinois win.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Joseph Bertrand, Illinois
Yes, Tyler Griffey hit the big shot at the end, but it was Bertrand’s energy that made it possible for Illinois to be in position to win a game after an uninspired start.

BACKCOURT
Illinois B-
Gardner-Webb C

Tracy Abrams had his first bad game of the season, but Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson (13 points apiece) picked up the slack and boosted the Illini.

FRONTCOURT
Illinois C
Gardner-Webb B

Nnanna Egwu had an off night but Griffey (13 points) kicked it into gear in the second half, scoring all of his points to help Illinois survive.

BENCH
Illinois B+
Gardner-Webb A

Bertrand was the man. Even though his stat line (three points, two rebounds) was less than impressive, Sam McLaurin was key on the defensive end and his energy was welcomed.

OVERALL
Illinois C
Gardner-Webb B

Not what the folks were expecting to see after the dominating run in Maui, but the Illini showed again they can recover after being knocked down early in games.
 

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Collatine wrote on November 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Surely you can come up with some good headlines playing off the amusing coincidences the number 13 played in this game... For sure, let's hope we got all out bad luck out here. 

penniless wrote on November 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

I think your grade is bias.Its based on the win or its the koolade you are drinking.It was a win,but it was a C minus at best.Bertrand deserved  B.The paint play a D minus,it was no where to be found.See beyond the win and give a D for the win.