UI grade vs. Indiana: D

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.

Backcourt
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.

Frontcourt
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.

Bench
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.

Overall
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.

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illinigator wrote on January 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

this is one of the worse teams Illinois has had in a long time.  Why not give mike T a shot, he can't be any worse than the rest of the bench.  I never seen such a bad rebounding, shooting or passing team than the one we have seen in the past month.  This team maybe the worse in the B10.  maybe, they should stop running plays and start pressing and running more.  The basketball IQ of this team is not very good.  maybe we can call in an hyponist and get them some confidents back.   

jdstieg wrote on January 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Agreed that their IQ is poor but must be slightly higher then yours. Who is mike T?  Mike LaTulip?  And It is worst, hypnotist and confidence.

illinigator wrote on January 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

yes, I met Mike Latulip and I am not the greatest typist, sorry I offended you.