Our breakdown of the Illini's fourth win against a Top 25 team this season:
Illini 57, Gophers 53
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Illinois’ Tyler Griffey
Ahem, Coach, do you think I can get back in the starting lineup? The other theory might be to not mess with success. Coming off the bench, Mr. Clutch continued to drain three-pointers.
Illini B minus
D.J. Richardson got Illini back in the game with a burst in the final minutes of the first half. Joe Coleman, who went nuts against Illinois in C-U, hit 1 of 8 shots and scored three points.
Sam McLaurin discovered the three-point line and made his first of the season. The Gophers missed injured Rodney Williams, but Trevor Mbakwe produced a double-double.
Gophers C minus
Griffey and Tracy Abrams, who didn’t start, made big play after big play, none bigger than Abrams’ three-pointer in the final seconds. Gophers needed more help from the reserves.
Illini A minus
Three days after beating No. 1, the Illini went on the road and beat a ranked team. After falling behind by 12 in the first half. Almost as impressive. The ship is officially sailing properly.