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Grades vs. Hampton: Good enough for B+

Player of the Game: Illini guard Kendrick Nunn

MBB notebook: Plenty of changes before, during win

CHAMPAIGN — Ahead of Wednesday’s 73-55 win against Hampton, Illinois coach John Groce mixed up the routine a bit with his players, who were preparing for final exams week.

Nunn leads Illini to low-pressure victory

CHAMPAIGN — Maybe it’s because it was finals week and most Illinois students were huddled up in a library somewhere cramming for a test.

Or maybe another ho-hum opponent did little to entice Illini fans to make their way to State Farm Center.

Illinois 73, Hampton 55

College basketball writer Marcus Jackson recaps the win against the Pirates and looks ahead to Saturday's rivalry game in St. Louis against Missouri.

Hampton Postgame 12-17-14

Hampton Postgame 12-17-14: Play now!

Brian Moline hosts the Fastener's Etc. Postgame show. Fighting Illini vs Hampton 12-17-14

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Plays of the Game - Hampton

In a rather sloppy game, the Fighting Illini were able to pull away in the second half for a comfortable 73-55 win over the Hampton Pirates.  Sophomore Jaylon Tate played well, especially in the first half, finishing with eight points (on 8-8 FT's) and three assists.  He's featured prominently tonight in our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. 

Efficiency Stats - Hampton

It wasn't the prettiest game, but Illinois came away with a comfortable 73-55 win over Hampton to improve to 8-3 on the season.  Kendrick Nunn had a season-high 16 points, and he was joined in double figures by Rayvonte Rice (12) and Nnanna Egwu (10).  Let's take a look at tonight's efficiency stats, first for the Illini:

Hampton Pregame 12-17-14

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Steve Kelly, Loren Tate and Marcus Jackson are courtside at State Farm Center to preview the matchup between the Illini and the Pirates.  Brian Barnhart gets the Hampton scouting report from assistant coach Paris Parham.

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LIVE! Hampton

Illinois 73, Hampton 55 — FINAL

Fred Kroner's December 18 prep sports chat

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:30pm

Here's your final chance of 2014 to ask Executive Sports editor Fred Kroner your high school-related questions. Ask any time and he'll answer Thursday, starting at 12:30 p.m.