Player of the game
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Or “Kevin,” which is what it says on his birth certificate. No sign of Boo-Boo Bear or the Ranger for you Hanna-Barbera fans. But Yogi stole Illinois’ picnic basket while scoring 17 points, recording five assists and grabbing four rebounds. Even better, he was 8 for 8 at the free throw line. Ferrell gives Tom Crean a nice anchor to build around for the next few seasons.
Illinois D+, Indiana A-
Rayvonte Rice rebounded from the first scoreless game of his career to hit a game-high 20. He made 4 of 7 three-pointers. But teammates Joseph Bertrand and Tracy Abrams were way off, missing 13 of 15 shots and combining for four points. Sorry guys, but that won’t get it done. Ever.
Illinois C-, Indiana B
The Big Ten’s best freshman, Noah Vonleh, seemed to grab every rebound (14) and made critical hustle plays in the final minutes. Will Sheehey chipped in nine rebounds. Nnanna Egwu continued his improved shooting, hitting 4 of 8 from the field.
Illinois C+, Indiana C+
Jaylon Tate makes it easier for John Groce to send subs in when he is scoring (six points) and passing well (five assists). Austin Etherington gave the Hoosiers a boost with seven timely points.
Illinois D, Indiana B
The shots are off. The rebounders are failing. The decisions on offense seem uncharacteristic for the team that beat Missouri. Unless the Illini make rapid improvement, the six-game losing streak is going to get a lot longer. The Hoosiers were happy to see the Illini visit and would welcome them back tomorrow.