UI grade at Nebraska: D
Player of the game: Shavon Shields, Nebraska
The son of All-Pro offensive lineman Will Shields blocked any chances for Illini to put together a winning streak, scoring a career-high 33 points. Big guy showed a soft touch, hitting 15 of 15 free throws.
Illinois C-, Nebraska C+
Another rough night for Tracy Abrams, who missed all four shots from the field and finished with three points. If his struggles continue, Illini will have a hard time beating anybody.
Illinois C, Nebraska A
Nnanna Egwu stayed busy on the boards, yanking down a game-high 12. But the Illini defenders had no success against Shields. They fouled too often and did a poor job denying him the ball.
Illinois D, Nebraska D
Coming off the bench did not work as well for Jon Ekey the second time around. The senior missed 5 of 6 shots. And Joseph Bertrand’s scoring average continues to fall after a five-point game.
Illinois D, Nebraska B+
So much for an Illini winning streak. It doesn’t get any easier for John Groce’s team with Ohio State coming to town next. When do the golf and baseball seasons start?