Illinois Fighting Illini v.s. Wisconsin Badgers: Studs and Duds

Jan 8, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Rayvonte Rice (right) looks to pass as Wisconsin Badges guard Josh Gasser (left) defends at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 95-70. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Studs

1, Rayvonte Rice - The Illinois Fighting Illini might have been blown-out on Wednesday night against #4 Wisconsin, however, Rayvonte Rice did what he does best and that is lead the team in scoring. He scored a team-high 19 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Although he scored 19 points in the game, his shooting percentage was less than stellar. He went 7-of-21 from the field (33.3%) and 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. The only place Rice shot well from was the foul line as he hit all four of his free throws.

2. Joseph Bertrand - The only other Fighting Illini to reach double-digits in scoring on Wednesday night was Joseph Bertrand. The senior leader of the Illini was able to score 18 points while hitting 70% of his shots from the field (best on the team). Just like Rice, Bertrand was also able to haul in a total of nine rebounds in the game. The only negative part to Bertrand’s game in the loss was his three turnovers which was the most among any Illini player.

Duds

1. Jon Ekey - After having a nice outing against Penn State last Saturday, Jon Ekey did not play well on Wednesday against #4 Wisconsin. He went 1-of-5 from the field and 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. His three points was the lowest among all the Illini starters, but he was able his average on the boards by grabbing a total of six rebounds in the game. Ekey will definitely want to put this game in the rear view mirror as the Illini get set for Northwestern on Saturday.

2. Tracy Abrams - In his worst scoring output since the Dartmouth game, Tracy Abrams did not play very well on Wednesday night. He scored eight points while going 3-of-11 from the field and missed both of his three-point attempts. Abrams only played 23 minutes due to the combination of foul trouble and Illinois’ overall struggles. One number that sticks out especially for Abrams’ stat line is 1 which is the number of assists he recorded against the Badgers. Abrams has been averaging just over three assists per contest and has only had one assist in just three games. The last game he recorded just one assist was the Braggin’ Rights win over #23 Mizzou.

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Topics: Basketball, Illinois Fighting Illini, Jon Ekey, Joseph Bertrand, Rayvonte Rice, Tracy Abrams

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