Illini grade vs. Gophers: A minus

Illini grade vs. Gophers: A minus

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

Gophers D

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.


Illini C

Gophers B

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.

Illini A

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

Gophers C

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.

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Bwp 5P wrote on February 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm

SURELY MOONPIE will find fault with this huge a very tough place to win!


Great Job Guys!!!!

CecilColeman wrote on February 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

No, Moonpie will find fault with Tate's analysis of the game. Perhaps he has a secret crush on Loren?

illinidoc wrote on February 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

New to this site.  Why are the individual grades so loosely linked to the overall grade?  I was happy to see some defense and 3-point shooting but not sure I would consider this an A game.  I think we are capable of much better.  Or is any win an A game?  Who is Moonpie and why are people talking about him instead of the win?

rdoyle wrote on February 10, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Moonpie is the village idiot.

OrlandoIllini wrote on February 11, 2013 at 6:02 am

Moonpie is sort of like Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons. The difference is that instead of having Comic Book Guy's amusing/endearing characteristics, Moonpie appears to have a deeply seated pathological neurosis which causes him to believe all other people's opinions are wrong so they should be insulted and assigned demeaning nicknames. After you read a number of his comments, you'll see the disturbing signs and symptoms.

JDG613 wrote on February 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Moonpie is just an village will claim him....

illinidoc wrote on February 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Say it ain't so, Moonpie!