Illini grade vs. JSU: B

Illini grade vs. JSU: B


PLAYER OF THE GAME
Joseph Bertrand, Illinois.

The fifth-year senior recorded the first double-double of his career, going for 20 points and flying high for 10 rebounds in leading the Illini charge.

BACKCOURT
Illinois A
Jacksonville State C

Bertrand was the man, but Tracy Abrams (13 points) made a run of buckets in the second half while Rayvonte Rice battled foul trouble to score 13 points.

FRONTCOURT
Illinois B
Jacksonville State C

Jon Ekey (seven points, four rebounds) made the first two field goals of his Illinois career and Nnanna Egwu blocked a career-high five shots to go along with 10 points and seven boards.

BENCH
Illinois B+
Jacksonville State B

Freshman Jaylon Tate (10 points, eight assists, one turnover) continues to impress as Illinois once again got contributions from everyone eligible to play.

OVERALL
Illinois B
Jacksonville State C

Another comfortable win, but it wasn’t flawless. John Groce was upset with the 25 offensive rebounds allowed and all the loose balls that went the other way, but it provides more opportunities to teach.