UI grade vs. Purdue: C+

UI grade vs. Purdue: C+

Player of the game
A.J. Hammons, Purdue

Nothing enigmatic about the sophomore against Illinois. He dominated, hitting timely shots and controlling the glass. Matt Painter would take 17 points and eight rebounds from his star every night. And 7 of 12 shooting, too.

Purdue B+, Illinois B

The Johnsons (Ronnie and Terone) both reached double figures in scoring and hit half of their 16 shots. Nice to see Rayvonte Rice back on the court for Illinois, but only he knows how much his hip injury bothered his game. Some is certainly a safe guess. The three starters all reached double figures.

Purdue A-, Illinois D

Basil Smotherman has more than just the coolest name in college basketball. He’s got game too, especially as a rebounder. Jon Ekey hit a pair of three-pointers in the second half but Nnanna Egwu was way off the mark.

Purdue B+, Illinois B

Cheers to Jay Simpson, who had a happy homecoming with seven points and two rebounds. Kendall Stephens provided Purdue a lift with nine points. Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 15 points, giving John Groce two more pieces to work with in upcoming games.

Purdue B+, Illinois C+

The 2-0 start in the Big Ten is long forgotten. A year ago, Illinois turned it around after a rough conference start. But that team had more experience and depth. And this year’s schedule is tougher.


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IlliniHimey wrote on January 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm

This is so utterly stupid.  5.5 point favorite, lose by more than 5.5, yet, just a few hairs away from an "above average" rating.  Seriously?  Will Mike Thomas ban you for being critical?  Come to think of it, you might want to be overly critical.  A permanent ban from the A.H. might be a blessing for you.  Back on topic, it is an F.  They lost when they were supposed to win, and they were uninterested again late in the game.  F.

arch73 wrote on January 16, 2014 at 12:01 am

Grade inflation---our F is today's C+?

beekay wrote on January 16, 2014 at 5:01 am

The grade is irrelevant when the test is really Pass/Fail.  That is determined by fundamentals and who should be the better team on the court.  There is no reason why Illinois should not beat Purdue, especially on its home court.  What I saw was a big man who cannot post up whose best looks are missed three point attempts and who allows the opponent's big man to back him down into the lane.  What I saw was failure to get a body on a guy on missed shots to secure rebounds.   What I saw was three missed front ends of one-n-ones in the second half.  What I saw was out of control dribbling into traffic.  I saw more bad than good against an opponent that is more bad than good.  I don't care what letter grade they give it.  The grade was Fail.

illini82 wrote on January 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

This season is rapidly turning into a dumpster fire.  NCAA?  Are you kidding?  It'll be a fight to make it to the NIT. The NW loss knocked us out of the NCAA. The PU loss may have cost us the NIT. (a 68 team NCAA field mind you and 32 in the NIT). Yep you're right not even a top 100 team.

To be fair we knew this would be a year of transition. We lost too much offense last year as well as better post presence. No front line. No true PG and we don't have a legitimate 3 pt threat.

Egwu? He has regressed. He has no sense of where to be on offense. For a Jr. he's the worst big man in the B10. 4 fouls, 4 rebounds and NO points.

We will quickly become 2-7 in the league and maybe even 2-9 looking at the schedule. I don't see where we'll get more than 2-3 more wins. 

Losing to Wisconsin was predictable but to a bad NW team and a rather average Purdue team AT HOME...unacceptable.

We better not lose recent commits if they see this program tanking. That's the next shoe to drop after the season.