Illini grade vs. Mizzou: C

Illini grade vs. Mizzou: C

Our breakdown of the Illini's fourth consecutive loss in the Braggin' Rights game:

Missouri 82, Illinois 73

Player of the Game: Missouri’s Phil Pressey

This will be the last time any player earns this honor after going 3 for 19 from the field. Despite his wayward shooting, Pressey won the game for the Tigers, dishing 10 assists, pulling down seven rebounds and making all six of his free throws. Dad has to be proud.


Missouri B, Illinois D

Too many missed shots for the Illini (a combined 10 for 40). Too many missed three-pointers (a combined 3 for 20). Too many forced possessions. Tracy Abrams and D.J. Richardson looked like they were trying too hard.


Missouri A, Illinois B

Laurence Bowers tied for the game-high lead in scoring with 23 points. But he did so much more, adding seven rebounds, four assists and a leg grab of Illini Sam McLaurin (earned a T on that one). Nnanna Egwu and Tyler Griffey were by far the most effective Illini on offense.


Missouri B-, Illinois C

A year after his breakout game against Missouri, Joseph Bertrand helped keep the Illini close. But he was the only one off the bench to score. Earnest Ross got close to a double-double for the Tigers (eight points, seven boards).


Missouri A-, Illinois C

It wasn’t a perfect effort from the Tigers, who had a mostly new cast in St. Louis (nice job Alex Oriakhi with the double-double). But they did enough to win their fourth in a row and keep the Illini seniors from dragging home that big trophy. If you had Illinois at 12-1 before the start of the season, you’re lying. This will not be the start of a downward spiral.

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penniless wrote on December 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Holy Cow!! You sure grade funny.Backcourt Illini  C minus,Tigers C .Frontcourt Illini C minus,Tigers  A.Bench  llini C plus. Tigers C .Overall  Illini C minus.Tigers B .It was the offensive rebounds on both end of the court that hurt the most. Bertrand has earned his starting spot over DJ.The last 3 games prove that.Illinois toughness A plus

blmillini wrote on December 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

If all you are capable of recognizing and analyzing is offense, then you are absolutely right.  However, if you understand more than just the big offensive categories, then it is not so cut and dried.  It drives me nuts when people who don't understand the game get their panties in a bunch at the expensive of 18-21 year-old kids.

jules61 wrote on December 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

crimany!! Joseph B played his butt off. did not see the whole game but I did see him play like a crazy person. He did a great great job. wish i would have seen the whole game but from what I saw, even though they lost, i give them an A for effort. they will need that and more in the big 10 or big 14... whichever.

Moonpie wrote on December 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Illinois has no inside game and so if they don't hit shots they will lose more games.


trueillinifan wrote on December 23, 2012 at 9:12 am
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Coaching---F Minus.  Mizzou knew to beat us all they had to do was attack the boards. Haith probabley said " just throw it up and we will have an 80 percent chance of getting the 2nd  shot and then 50 % of those will be an "an one".  I think I acually saw several of those types of plays last night.

Every BIG TEN coach is saying the same thing now! Theirs bigs cant block out.

Groce--Why have you not developed IBBY to be your rebounder?  Why does he sit on the bench when our big men playing are getting thrown around but bigger men.

Just like you have 3 point specialists--defensive specialists---you should have a rebounding specialist. You have wasted 13 games without getting him prepared. Better start now so we dont start getting called the "Frightened Illini".

Can we say Deon Thomas as a big man coach! Kenny Battle even?




blmillini wrote on December 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm


trueillinifan wrote on December 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm
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Seriously!!!! Why--did your panties bunch up?

blmillini wrote on December 24, 2012 at 7:12 am

The coaching F-minus comment was certainly over the top.  We finally have a coach that understands how to use the players we have to give us the best chance to win... as was the case in this game as well and you write that kind of garbage.  No bunched panties here, just reacting to the clueless.