Illini grade vs. Boilers: A minus

Illini grade vs. Boilers: A minus

Our breakdown of the Illini's beatdown of Purdue Pete:

Illinois 79, Purdue 59
Player of the Game: Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand

Rebounding has been an issue for the Illini this season. But thanks to the supersub, it wasn’t on Wednesday. Bertrand had a game-high 12 boards, including six at the offensive end, and added nine points.

Backcourt
Purdue B, Illinois B+

How do you survive a three-point game by your leading scorer (Brandon Paul)? By getting 18 points from Peorian D.J. Richardson and 13 points and seven assists from Tracy Abrams, that’s how.

Frontcourt
Purdue C-, Illinois B-

Sam McLaurin and Nnanna Egwu did their best work at the defensive end, limiting the effectiveness of Purdue’s A.J. Hammons. And Egwu found a way to stay out of foul trouble. Good move.

Bench
Purdue C-, Illinois A

Tyler Griffey wasn’t hitting his three-pointers (0 for 5), but found other ways to get his points. Myke Henry made the most of his 14 minutes, scoring eight. Sandi Marcius had a couple nice moments for the Boilers.

Overall
Purdue D, Illinois A-

Illini figured out it is OK to take an early lead and cruise to a victory. So much for Purdue’s eight-game streak against the Illini. At least Matt Painter wasn’t around to see the end (ejected in the second half).

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PortlandIllini wrote on February 14, 2013 at 12:02 am

Matt  Painter got ejected after complaining to the officials that the Illini were being physical and 'pushing around'  their center.    When was the last time you hear a coach complain that the Illini were too physical???   Great job on the rebounds guys!

jnaour wrote on February 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Wow, great game overall..where are the other chronic posters who can only find fault???  Guess that's not much fun when you win with a solid overall effort.