Scott Richey's grades: Illini- UT Martin

Scott Richey's grades: Illini- UT Martin

Player of the game: Illinois forward Leron Black

The 6-foot-7 redshirt junior set a career high with 23 points, shooting 57 percent from the field. Black also led all players with eight rebounds in a second straight strong performance from one of the more experienced Illini.

Backcourt

Illinois: C-UT Martin: B+

The bulk of the Illini's 18 turnovers came from the three players that run the point the most. That's an issue. So was allowing UT Martin's guards to attack the rim consistently.

Frontcourt

Illinois: A

UT Martin: D

The Illini needed Black and Michael Finke to play well. They've done that through two games, with Finke adding 12 points and five rebounds against the Skyhawks.

Bench

Illinois: C

UT Martin: A

Skyhawks' sixth man Delfincko Bogan tied Black for the game high with 23 points of his own to go with a game-high six assists. Aaron Jordan was strong off the bench for the Illini again.

Overall

Illinois: C+

UT Martin: C

The Illini have now won one game when it all came easily and one where nothing did down the stretch. That roller coaster of experiences will probably continue through at least the early part of the season.