Illini grade vs. Gonzaga: A plus
Our breakdown of Satuday's 85-74 win at Gonzaga
Player of the Game: Brandon Paul
Remember the breakout night he had against Ohio State? This one might have been better. It was on the road and he seemed to time his baskets when his team needed them most. We’re seeing the National Player of the Week.
Illinois A+, Gonzaga D
Where’s all the great three-point shooting we heard about from the Bulldogs? While Kevin Pangos and his pals were looking for their games, Tracy Abrams and D.J. Richardson were helping out their pal Paul.
Illinois D, Gonzaga A
In hindsight, perhaps the Bulldogs should have fired a few more passes to Kelly Olynyk. The guy with Adam Morrison hair didn’t miss and put the Illini in early foul trouble.
Illinois B, Gonzaga C
Joseph Bertrand was his usual productive self and Sam McLaurin helped on the glass. But the big moments belonged to Myke Henry, who hit a pair of key three-pointers. Nice to see John Stockton following his son David.
Illinois A+, Gonzaga C
Hello, Mike Thomas, this is John Groce’s agent. About that contract ... When the NCAA tournament selection committee looks at Illinois’ body of work, it’s going to get a gold star for the rare opponent win at The Kennel.