Jan 12, 2014; Evanston, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Kendrick Nunn (25) is defended by Northwestern Wildcats center Alex Olah (22) during the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 49-43. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: #23 Illinois vs. Northwestern Plays of the Game (GIFs & Poll)

It was oftentimes ugly on Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena during the Illinois Fighting Illini loss to the Northwestern Wildcats, but even this putrid offensive display had a few moments worth re-living. With such little scoring, the choices are minimal, but the nominees are still worth 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 these plays 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 Northwestern Wildcats from yesterday’s game.

Joseph Bertrand Feeds Jon Ekey for the Flush
Joe to Jon
Tracy Abrams Crosses Up the 7 Foot Wildcat for the Baseline Finish
Abrams Crossover

The Upper Classmen Connection
UC Connex

If I could vote for all three, I would. Why? It’s simple. Each of these plays show an Illini finishing at the rim. It was something that didn’t seem to happen very often last night, and that inability to finish cost Illinois the win in Evanston. Ah well, forgive and forget right?

Out of the 3 options available, I am going to go ahead and side with Tracy Abrams’ killer crossover that was just flat out unfair against Olah, who literally looks like he is standing in quicksand as Abrams streaks by for the layup. I’d take that all day long and twice on Sunday. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen often enough last night.

Once again, thanks to Illinois Loyalty for making these gifs available! Be sure to vote in the poll below, and as always, thanks for reading. I-L-L!

What was your favorite play from the Northwestern game?

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