Watching the Illinois Fighting Illini hang with the #15 team in the nation was very nice to see. This team began the season with a huge learning curve, and they seem to be headed in the right direction. Now, it’s simply a matter of learning how to finish up a victory when the opportunity presents itself.
Aside from the loss, there were still a few plays that deserve a second look. Luckily for Illinois fans web-wide Dan at Illinois Loyalty put together some animated gif’s so that everyone that might have missed them live can get a second chance to see them.
We, at Writing Illini, are curious which one you liked the best. So, please take time to vote in the poll below after watching each choice!
Without any further ado, here are the nominees for plays of the game versus the #15 Oregon Ducks this past Saturday night.
Joseph Bertrand Takes It Baseline and Explodes Over a Duck to Finish
Jaylon Tate Finds a Cutting Austin Colbert for a Two-Handed Flush
Joseph Bertrand with an Explosive One Handed Jam
Joseph Bertand was the human highlight reel from this game’s selections, but young guns, Tate and Colbert, were not to be denied while making their second appearance in the top plays poll.
My nod is going to Bertrand’s baseline take and ultra strong finish over a Ducks defender. I want to see Bertrand play every minute of every game with that type of intensity because he has the type of athletic ability that not too many players in college basketball can guard when he has made his mind up to attack the rim in that fashion.
So, Illini fans, which play did you like the best on Saturday night? Vote in our poll below!
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