Jan 23, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini coach John Groce talks to his team during a time out against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Schottenstein Center. Ohio State defeated Illinois 62-55. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Basketball: Illinois vs. #17 Ohio State Plays of the Game (GIFs & Poll)


John Groce surely got into his team’s kitchen following their last loss and the Illinois Fighting Illini responded with a much better performance in Columbus despite succumbing in the end, 62-55. During the course of the game there were a few plays worth re-living.

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 #17 Ohio State Buckeyes from tonight’s game.

Jaylon Tate to Jon Ekey for the Flush
Tate to Ekey

Jaylon Tate Feeds Nnanna Egwu for the Alley-Oop
Tate to Egwu

Rayvonte Rice’s Hustle Block on Aaron Craft in Transition
Rice Block

For the second straight game, my nod for play of the game is awarded to a defensive play. Rayvonte Rice may not have dented the scoreboard tonight, but he very nearly dented the backboard with the high flying stuff on Mr. Hustle, Aaron Craft. It was a dose of Craft’s own medicine, and it was great to see that Rice’s poor performance offensively didn’t hinder his defensive hustle. Kudos, Ray Rice. You have certainly earned my vote for this play.

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 Ohio State game?

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