Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Missouri Tigers Braggin’ Rights Live Thread

Jan 17, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans hold posters depicting former guard Deron Williams (not pictured) and head coach John Groce (not pictured) during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Assembly Hall. Northwestern defeated Illinois 68-54. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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

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.

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.

 

 

Topics: Braggin' Rights, Deon Thomas, DJ Richardson, Illinois Fighting Illini, John Groce, Sean Harrington

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  • @RPKraemer

    It’s go time! I-L-L!!

  • @RPKraemer

    Egwu with some early game jitters. The senior needs to act poised and take care of business. That was a beautiful pass by Rice as he took it strong to the basket.

  • @RPKraemer

    MIZZOU lighting it up early on from long range and the Illini are ice cold.

  • @RPKraemer

    At this rate I expect Groce to take off that orange blazer and slam it on the floor. It’s time for the Illini to wake up or this could get out of hand early.

  • @RPKraemer

    Abrams finally attacks and gets the foul call. Illinois has got to be aggressive in trying to get Brown into foul trouble.

  • @RPKraemer

    Ray Rice with a sweet reverse layup. Contender #1 for play of the game.

  • Ricky Widmer

    Illinois needs to attack the tin. Looked too “scared” in first few possessions.

  • @RPKraemer

    Rice finally gets a 3 to fall. That’s simply not his game. I know he’s improved this season from behind the arc, but he needs to attack.

  • Ricky Widmer

    Can’t let Mizzou kill us in transition….

  • @RPKraemer

    5 turnovers through the first 7 minutes…whoops, make that 6. Illinois is not awake.

    • Ricky Widmer

      Our boys need to keep their emotions in check. I know it’s the Braggin’ Rights game, but gotta play cool and collected. Illini seem rushed.

  • @RPKraemer

    Bertrand is getting to the rack, but he has simply got to finish.

  • @RPKraemer

    Nunn with the corner trey in his first Braggin’ Rights shot.

  • Ricky Widmer

    Austin Kim of ABC in Columbia, Missouri just tweeted a picture. Illini/Mizzou target Jimmy Whitt is in attendance of today’s game. No pressure right?

    • @RPKraemer

      No recruit is going to make a pick based off the winner. Whitt is going to be looking for the style of play more than anything else.

      • Ricky Widmer

        Agreed, but a win would look good in a recruit’s eyes. haha

  • @RPKraemer

    As poorly as they have played through the first 10 minutes, they only trail by 1 point.

    • Ricky Widmer

      and now have the lead!

  • @RPKraemer

    Rice needs to let the game come to him. That last shot was very forced and completely unnecessary.

    • Ricky Widmer

      This whole half has been frantic for Illinois. Gotta learn to play with the emotions of a rivalry.

  • @RPKraemer

    The bank’s open. EGWU for 333333333333!

  • @RPKraemer

    Now Ekey finds the range!! Get a stop and stretch the lead.

    • Ricky Widmer

      Illinois is finally getting their “swagger” going. Gotta keep the momentum strong going into the final three minutes.

  • @RPKraemer

    There’s that stop as they force a 5 second call. Nice! Groce needs to set up something nice coming out of the timeout.

  • @RPKraemer

    Teddy TV making his presence felt. Cheating on Missouri and Valentine called them on it.

  • @RPKraemer

    Ekey with a gorgeous follow.

    • Ricky Widmer

      Ekey proves to be a great transfer in each game he plays.

      • @RPKraemer

        Redbird representing!

  • @RPKraemer

    And 1! Nice seal off by Egwu allows Tracy to get to the rim.

  • @RPKraemer

    The Illini lead at the half 31-27 despite a very poor start to the game. There is no reason they can’t get this win, but they need to take the next step and hold off the charge that’s inevitably going to come from Missouri.

    • Ricky Widmer

      It’s not about how you start but how you finish, right? haha

      • @RPKraemer

        Finishing has been the problem in both losses. Hopefully, they can get their act together today and stop this losing streak.

  • @RPKraemer

    and Here. We. Go.

  • @RPKraemer

    Bertrand with a great move, and Abrams gets out of control on the next possession. Then Rice heaves an ill advised 3. Make better decisions!

  • @RPKraemer

    That’s the Ray Rice I want to see. Strong take to the basket and finish. Stop heaving the 3s and keep going to the rack!!

  • @RPKraemer

    Beautiful layup off the glass. Very tough take, but excellent finish by Abrams.

  • @RPKraemer

    Tate’s got that floater working. Illinois shooting 42% from the floor and MIZZOU shooting 45%.

  • @RPKraemer

    EGWU cashes in from the corner!!

  • @RPKraemer

    We have a brand new game at the under 12 timeout. 44-44 and this one looks to be going down to the wire.

  • @RPKraemer

    That was about as poor of a stretch as they could possibly have coming out of the under 12 timeout, but they still only trail by 4.

  • @RPKraemer

    MAKE FREE THROWS!!!

  • @RPKraemer

    Illinois clangs a 3, Missouri with some showtime by Clarkson, and Illinois answers on the other end with a 3 point play. Back and forth we go.

  • @RPKraemer

    Excellent hustle play! 3 point game with 7:25 to play. Abrams draws a questionable blocking foul on MIZZOU but we’ll take it!!

  • @RPKraemer

    Abrams is just so, so good at finishing on drives to the basket.

  • @RPKraemer

    That was a solid 1:14 out of Abrams. Tough finish and converts the free throw, then hits the pull up jumper to give Illinois the lead. Excellent work out of the guy. Respect.

  • @RPKraemer

    Clarkson is doing his best to will MIZZOU to a win. Illinois needs to stop him and finish this thing off!

  • @RPKraemer

    Terrible shot selection by Rice once again, but Tracy bailed him out with pure hustle. Illinois clinging to a 1 point lead and will have the ball out of the timeout.

  • @RPKraemer

    29% 3 point shooter drills it like it’s nothing. Go figure.

  • @RPKraemer

    He was absolutely not in rhythm on that 3 point attempt. Clarkson gifts Illinois with their 14th turnover. Illinois MUST capitalize on this one. It’s time for Groce to break out a super secret scoring play.

  • @RPKraemer

    EKEY!!! for 3KEY!!!!

  • @RPKraemer

    That was a blow to the head. The officials should be reviewing it, but they aren’t.

  • @RPKraemer

    One of Jon Ekey’s biggest benefits that he has over every player on the court is that he has played a lot of games in the Scottrade Center the past 3 years for Illinois State. Sometimes, experience really helps in a situation like what just happened.

  • @RPKraemer

    Dagger. At least Illinois is going to get a chance. This would be a huge tournament resume win.

  • @RPKraemer

    ABRAMS!!

  • @RPKraemer

    BRAGGING RIGHTS WINNERS!!! The Losing streak is over!!

  • @RPKraemer

    65-64. It was a heart stopper but they got it done!!