What occurred

Trent (*25*) hit that particular gear once more when Illinois wanted it most. The veteran guard took management offensively within the closing minutes Friday evening at State Farm Center with Michigan threatening an upset. Sound acquainted? (*25*) did the identical factor three nights earlier in Lincoln, Neb., saving the Illini on the highway, too.

What it means

(*25*)’s late run coated up what had been an ineffective and inefficient Illinois offense by way of most of Friday’s recreation (amongst different points for the Illini towards the Wolverines). That’s two video games the place Illinois hasn’t fired on all cylinders at that finish of the courtroom. There’s a possible answer to that drawback, however Andre Curbelo’s return continues to be to be decided.

What’s subsequent

Arguably the most important problem of the season to this point for No. 25 Illinois with an 11 a.m. showdown with No. 7 Purdue at State Farm Center on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day filled with basketball. The Boilermakers have one of the best offense within the nation and a legit inside-out recreation between Trevion Williams/Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey.

What was mentioned

“Coming in I knew I had a task guarding him. I watched a lot of film on him, and he’s a very good player. I wanted to do my job and contain him Obviously, he got the best, they won, so back to the drawing board.” — Michigan guard DeVante’ Jones on going through (*25*)

Scott Richey is a reporter masking faculty basketball at The News-Gazette. His e-mail is [email protected], and you may comply with him on Twitter (@srrichey).


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