UI grade vs. Missouri: A

UI grade vs. Missouri: A

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tracy Abrams, Illinois.

Twenty years from now, Illini fans will still be talking about his clutch free throws and the 22 points he scored to end a four-game slide in the Braggin’ Rights series.

BACKCOURT
Illinois A
Missouri A

Neither side had much success guarding the other, but Abrams, Rayvonte Rice (14 points), Jordan Clarkson (25 points) and Jabari Brown (10) all made huge plays all game.

FRONTCOURT
Illinois B
Missouri C

Nnanna Egwu (seven points) and Jon Ekey (eight points) each made some big three-pointers and Missouri’s big men were held relatively quiet opposite them.

BENCH
Illinois B
Missouri C

The Tigers only went seven deep and the Illini got major contributions from Kendrick Nunn (three steals) on the defensive end in his 20 minutes as a reserve.

OVERALL
Illinois A
Missouri B

Christmas will be a happy one among the Illinois players and coaches for the first time since 2008 thanks to the signature nonconference win it had been looking for since the season began.
 

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Illini737 wrote on December 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Congrats Team! 

Enjoy Christmas, that was a nice signature win!

This will be a great memory for years to come as opposed to remembering Garris' misses years ago. Hated that for Kiwane but very glad for Tracy as the chemistry continues to improve for this group.

Go ILLINI!

rdk573 wrote on December 22, 2013 at 4:12 am

Grade A???? Are You kidding me??? I'm glad we won but the whole game was too much one-on-one play by both teams...we only had 7 assits for the whole game!!!!...Repeating that type of game plan will not spell sucess for us for the rest of the season

IlliniMike05 wrote on December 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

We actually are running some really good off-the-ball action to get guys- especially Ray and Joe- into advantageous positions for isos, because that's the strength of our offense. But I can see how a casual fan would confuse that with "derp, too much selfish one-on-one play! I'm glad we won but I'm going to try to show everyone what a smart fan I am by whining about things I didn't like and trying to project how that will affect the rest of the season, even though I'm displaying a fundamental misunderstanding of what I just watched!" 

Or something like that. 

 

JohnWams wrote on December 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Good call, Mike. I don't know if I would have given them an A on offense because they missed some open looks with guys right under the basket, but I liked the overall scheme. The defensive effort was awesome! That was certainly a huge win for the team to build confidence with heading in to conference play.