1. Tracy Abrams - Tracy Abrams had himself a complete game against the Missouri Tigers in the Braggin’ Rights game on Saturday. When the game was on the line in the 2nd half, Abrams made it a point that he was going to take the game into his own hands in order to help the Illini get the win. He finished with a season-high 22 points and was able to get to the foul line for 10 of Illinois 18 free throws (made seven). Along with his six rebounds, Abrams could very well be seen as the player of the game for the Fighting Illini. He got to the foul line, made shots, and didn’t turn over the ball. All of the things he needed to do to get Illinois the victory.
2. Jon Ekey - Jon Ekey made arguably the biggest shot of the Braggin’ Rights game. With 50 seconds left in the game, Ekey took a pass from Joseph Bertrand and nailed a three-pointer that put the Illini up 62-61. Ekey made the twitter-sphere explode with tweets calling the junior transfer “3K3Y.” On top of having ice in his veins, Ekey was able to haul in five rebounds and rack up eight points in route to the one-point win.
1. Joseph Bertrand – By looking at the stats from Saturday game, Joseph Bertrand was close to his averages when it comes to field goal percentage, points, and rebounds. Doesn’t sound so bad. So, why would Bertrand be on the duds list following the Braggin’ Rights game? Turnovers. The senior guard turned the ball over a total of five times against Mizzou. Bertrand did some good things on Saturday. However, you might find yourself on the duds list when you account for five of your team’s 11 turnovers in the game.
2. Kendrick Nunn – Kendrick Nunn was the sixth man for the Illini off the bench on Saturday and played 20 minutes off the bench. In that time, he went 1-of-4 from the field and recorded three points and two rebounds. The young freshman got in to a bit of foul trouble with three fouls, but was able to counteract the fouls with three steals. Although Nunn had good and bad moments against Mizzou over the weekend, Illini fans would like to see more contributions from him in future games.
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