PLAYER OF THE GAME: Illinois’ D.J. Richardson
Slender Peorian brought his team back with clutch shot after clutch shot in the closing minutes. Someday, he’ll be talking about this game with his grandkids. “Remember the time ...”
Illinois A-, Indiana B
Illini survived a scoreless night by Tracy Abrams. Back in the starting lineup, Brandon Paul looked like his old self. Jordan Huls reminds us of a young Damon Bailey.
Illinois C, Indiana B+
Might be time for Nnanna Egwu to send the Big Ten officials some flowers or candy. Illini need him in the game at the end. Cody Zeller started slow but finished with his usual stats.
Illinois A, Indiana A-
Welcome back Tyler Griffey, who scored the game-winner on a sneaky/smart cut to the basket and hit threes again. Don’t be surprised if he jumps back into the starting lineup.
Illinois A+, Indiana B-
John Groce beat No. 1. Just like Bruce Weber (2004) and Lou Henson (1979). His team moved off the NCAA bubble and back in the good graces of its losing-their-patience fandom.