Missouri rode its big men and shook off a 3-for-19 shooting performance from point guard Phil Pressey to win the Braggin’ Rights game for the fourth straight season, tying the longest streak in program history.
WHAT THE TIGERS SAID
“Even though he wasn’t making shots, he was controlling the game. He makes other guys better.” — Coach Frank Haith on Pressey, who missed his first 15 field goal attempts.
WHAT THE ILLINI SAID
“I thought we chose to make some decisions I wish we had back. That’s part of that execution piece and trusting the system more than we did tonight.” — Illinois coach John Groce, whose team went 8 for 32 from the three-point line.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Illini lost the Braggin’ Rights game for the first time while ranked in the Top 10 and John Groce will remain tied with Fletcher Lane as the only coaches in Illinois history to start their tenures at the school 12-0.
The Illini seniors desperately wanted to avoid going winless in the series with Missouri. Now they’ll focus their attention on winning at the United Center in their last regular season contest in Michael Jordan’s house against Auburn next Saturday.