Illini grade vs. Western Carolina: C-

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tracy Abrams, Illinois. The sophomore point guard hadn’t played as well as he would have liked after returning from Hawaii, but he was solid Tuesday, scoring 10 points to go along with three assists, five rebounds and no turnovers.

BACKCOURT
Illinois B
Western Carolina B+

Brandon Paul (14 points) did what he does and D.J. Richardson’s two late threes helped the Illini pull away in a game that was tied with less than six minutes remaining.

FRONTCOURT
Illinois C
Western Carolina C

Tyler Griffey had an off night shooting and Nnanna Egwu fouled out after scoring five points in 17 minutes against the smaller Catamounts.

BENCH
Illinois A
Western Carolina A

Joseph Bertrand (seven points) cooled off a bit, but Myke Henry (nine points) made the most of his 12 minutes to spark Illinois. And Sam McLaurin’s four offensive rebounds and five points were key.

OVERALL
Illinois C-
Western Carolina B

It’s going to take a much better effort to hang with No. 10 Gonzaga on Saturday. They’re not happy after this one, but the Illini found a way to get to 9-0, and that’s what matters.

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penniless wrote on December 04, 2012 at 10:12 pm

It says C minus to you.It shows me Illini are The Pretenders in BB.A Win of the worst kind.That win took hope and destroyed any hope.That Win, says Illini should not be ranked.That Win, says 9th in Conference  might be a stretch.That Win, says  7 and 11 in Conference and that might be generous.Georgetown and Western Carolina play Saturday,checkout that box score.Illinois play the Zags,a beat down of the worst kind,goodbye top 25.First the CUBS,then the BEARS and now the Illini.I know,its wait till ext year!!A C minus,that was being to kind

Bear8287 wrote on December 04, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I guess it's a good thing that only one of these categories count...

                             Illinois    Western Carolina
BACKCOURT         B                      B+
FRONTCOURT      C                      C
BENCH                   A                      A
OVERALL              C-                      B
Final Score           72                     64

Sure, Western Carolina would've liked to have won the game, but they can always brag that they got the better grade!

Illini1973 wrote on December 05, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Maybe we only play up to our competition.  We'll see with the Zags, Missery, and the Tigers which is really the case.

afan wrote on December 05, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Richardson deserves credit for continuing to shoot 3's even though he wasn't hitting early.  I think he was 1-5 when he hit those 2 crucial 3's late in the game.  That's the lesson I want Illinois players to take away from this game.  Keep shooting.  If you're missing shots shoot some more.  If you're a 40% shooter and you just went 0 for 5, keep shooting because eventually you're percentages will even out.  Of course that's true if you go 5 for 5 too, but keep shooting anyway.