UI grade vs. Indiana: A
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice
This is getting to be old hat for the Centennial product. Play well against Penn State and the Big Ten will be calling his name again this week. ESPN2 analyst Dan Dakich gave him plenty of love.
Tracy Abrams (17 points) had it going in the first half and again hit key free throws down stretch. Hoosiers will rely on Yogi Ferrell (30 points) more and more each game.
Nnanna Egwu (eight points) and Jon Ekey (four) couldn’t buy a bucket from deep, but Ekey’s steal at end of overtime was clutch. Noah Vonleh is going to be a good one.
Kendrick Nunn — seven points, three steals — continues to earn his playing time. Sorry, Illinois fans, Eric Gordon’s little brother Evan (10 points) is pretty good, too.
We considered a fired-up John Groce for Player of the Game. At Illinois, nothing scores bigger with fans than beating Indiana. Nice technical, coach. We mean it.