Trent Frazier 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 Heart with Michigan threatening an upset. Sound acquainted? Frazier did the identical factor three nights earlier in Lincoln, Neb., saving the Illini on the street, too.
What it means
Frazier’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 in opposition to 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 resolution to that downside, however Andre Curbelo’s return continues to be to be decided.
Arguably the most important problem of the season so far for No. 25 Illinois with an 11 a.m. showdown with No. 7 Purdue at State Farm Heart on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day filled with basketball. The Boilermakers have the most effective offense within the nation and a legit inside-out recreation between Trevion Williams/Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey.
What was stated
“Coming in I knew I had a job guarding him. I watched loads of movie on him, and he’s an excellent participant. I needed to do my job and include him Clearly, he received the most effective, they received, so again to the drafting board.” — Michigan guard DeVante’ Jones on going through Frazier
Scott Richey is a reporter overlaying school basketball at The Information-Gazette. His electronic mail is email@example.com, and you’ll comply with him on Twitter (@srrichey).