Illinois notches another tough road loss, falling 76-66 to Wisconsin in Madison.
The Illini’s shooting troubles continued as the team posted a season-low 30.2 percent just two games after setting a school record for field goal percentage against Northwestern.
While attending a family event, I was unable to watch much of the game, and the little that I did see was not pretty.
The box score shows just how bad things got for the Illini, and if it had not been for a plethora of free throws, the loss would have been much worse.
Demetri McCamy led the Illini with 23 points; however, most of those were from the charity stripe. The Maxwell award candidate was 3-13 from the field.
Brandon Paul was the only other Illini player in double figures, with 15 points on 4-10 shooting coming off the bench.
D.J. Richardson and Mike Davis both fouled out, and several other Illini had 4 fouls. In fact, no player who played more than 5 minutes on either team had less than 2 fouls in the game.
Even more amazing, Richardson did not hit a field goal for the second straight game, and Davis only grabbed 1 rebound after getting 14 boards in the first matchup between the teams two weeks ago.
And then there’s another angle to this game, during which Jereme Richmond was available but did not play.
Apparently, Richmond missed the last two practices for personal reasons and drove up to the game with his family.
Consider this content from the Sun-Times Herb Gould:
The real mystery, though, is freshman sixth man Jereme Richmond, who didn’t play. Richmond missed practice Thursday and Friday because he returned home to attend to a family matter.
“He missed practice; he didn’t prepare for the game,” said Weber, who doesn’t play players who don’t practice but said he expects Richmond to be back Tuesday for Michigan State. “I think so. It was tough to play him [Saturday], but he’ll be back in practice and hopefully helping us Tuesday night.”
That’s all there is to it, Weber indicated. But the way his teammates froze up on the subject, who knows?
“I’m not going to comment on the Jereme Richmond situation. Sorry,” Tyler Griffey said.
Situation? If there’s a Jereme Richmond situation, that won’t be good for Illinois’ situation.
With that story aside, the Illini must escape these shooting woes immediately if they want a chance at the conference title, and their schedule is doing them no favors. Their next two games, while at home, are against Michigan State and Ohio State.
Much more on the game tomorrow.
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