Illini grade vs. Auburn: A
Player of the game: Tracy Abrams, Illinois
Not only did he shoot like Chuck Person (Auburn great), he rebounded like Charles Barkley, who was sitting courtside. Abrams helped put the Illini in control with three thre-pointers in a nice bounceback after the Georgia Tech loss.
Illinois A, Auburn C+
Ex-Charger Rayvonte Rice had another big game for his home-town team, leading the Illini with 22 points. Rice is a stat magnet, piling up numbers in several categories. KT Harrell led the Tigers in scoring (good), but star Chris Denson struggled (bad).
Illinois B, Auburn D-
Jon Ekey was an important part of the quick getaway and finished with 14 points, including four three-pointers. He has made himself vital to the team’s success.
Illinois B-, Auburn D+
The Illini subs scored 19 points and hit a couple of three-pointers. Nice to see Kendrick Nunn showing his confidence on offense. Tigers needed more from reserves when game was in doubt.
Illinois A, Auburn D
A day after a Tre (Mason) put the Auburn football team into the national title game, a bunch of Illini treys proved to be the undoing of the Auburn basketball team. Ace announcer Larry Conle was impressed, warning the Big Ten to be aware of Illinois when it is shooting well. Like on Sunday.