UI grade vs. UIC: B

UI grade vs. UIC: B

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice

The Champaign native continues to be the Illini MVP, scoring a season-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds while shutting down UIC star Kelsey Barlow defensively in the second half.

BACKCOURT
Illinois A
UIC B

Tracy Abrams (16 points, four assists, two blocks) and Joseph Bertrand (14 points, five rebounds) were major contributors along with Rice in Illinois’ dominant second half.

FRONTCOURT
Illinois C
UIC C

Jon Ekey couldn’t get the long range shot to fall and Nnanna Egwu had a slow start, but the duo received a great deal of credit from John Groce for the UI defense allowing just 16 second-half points.

BENCH
Illinois B
UIC C

Chicagoans Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate played double-figure minutes and gave Illinois energy in the second half when it made the big run to take control of the game.

OVERALL
Illinois B
UIC C

If Illinois plays halves like it did the first one Saturday from here on out, it’s going to be a rough Big Ten season. But the Illini continue to show resolve and have a go-to guy they can ride in pressure situations.
 

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IlliniHimey wrote on December 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I give it a C.  First half was an F---------.  Second half was an A++++++.  Averages out to a C.  They should have hammered UIC, but instead, they came out like the UIUPIPIIIUUUUIIPIUPUIUUPPPP Indiana school a few weeks back. 

Dudesickle wrote on December 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

MJ predicted Illini 73-60. Actual 74-60. Can't get much closer. Illini covered spread by 1 also. B- sounds about right. Just a very strange way to achieve a grade.