Rabid Illini fans are in the midst of descending upon the sold out Scottrade Center, eager to see their Illinois Fighting Illini stop the current 4 game losing streak to the Missouri Tigers in today’s installment of the annual Bud Light Braggin’ Rights game. All told, 22,153 fans will provide an electric atmosphere for this afternoon’s heated showdown.
This game has served as Joseph Bertrand’s personal playground the past two seasons, but he has yet to find himself on the winning side of the ledger. Two years ago, Bertrand was a perfect 9-9 from the field en route to 19 points in a bit of a personal coming out party on national tv, but the Illini came up just short, losing 78-74. Last year, Bertrand registered 13 points, including a monstrous dunk, in 30 minutes of action but the Illini took the loss 82-73.
Illinois needs someone besides Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice to step up and provide positive production if they hope to have any chance of getting a victory today. This will be Bertrand’s last chance to be that guy in this matchup, and also his last chance to bring home a victory in this series.
Illinois fans aren’t the only ones talking about the Illini today either. Former Illini have been chiming in on Twitter today, and we’ve got to make sure their voice is heard loud and wide.
Looking to get the bragging rights trophy back today. “Go ILLINI”
— Deon Thomas (@deonthomas25) December 21, 2013
Right there with you Deon, right there with you.
Sean Harrington has been sharing his top 5 Braggin’ Rights moments and he recently unveiled #1
#1 Dec 2002. Sitting on team bus back to Champaign with Braggin Rights Trophy on board. Entire team singing “This Christmas”! EPIC! #ILvsMIZ
— Sean Harrington (@smharrington24) December 21, 2013
DJ Richardson is looking for someone to watch the game with so if anyone in Peoria is looking for someone to take in an Illini victory with, DJ looks available.
Whats up Peoria, where we watching the Braggin Rights Game at??
— Dj Richardson (@djrich32) December 21, 2013
We’re just over an hour away from tipoff. If you haven’t done so yet, check out the preview here.
The staff of Writing Illini will be here from now on, ready to talk to anyone that drops in looking to discuss what’s going on in St. Louis. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section below.