56. That is ether number of points the Illini put up against No. 14 Purdue on Wednesday night. The Illini picked the wrong night for their lowest scoring output of the season as Purdue nearly doubled up Illinois in the second half. Carsen Edwards and Matt Haarms made sure the Illini ended the month on a sour note.
Overall, Illinois had its chances, leading at the half and tying the game with under 10 minutes to go. Yet, a young team ran in to a very good veteran team. So, how do the Illini grade out?
Ayo Dosunmu: C+
There really was not a bright spot on the roster in this one. Ayo, however, shined brightest by default. With nine points on 4-of-9 shooting, Dosunmu was the de facto leader for the Orange and Blue. The three-ball, as was the case for the entire roster, didn’t fall. One-of-5 from behind the arc contributed to the shooting woes for Illinois.
The best three ball shooter was Giorgi Bezhanishvilli, simply because he didn’t shoot a three. Ayo is young and still learning. His future is bright. Four turnovers, worst by anyone for Illinois, took away a bit from his game.
Giorgi Bezhanishvilli: C-
Freshman game from the Georgian. One-of-4 from the field, two turnovers, fouled out. Not the way you wanted to see his night play out. Giorgi B. was one of the primary catalysts Illinois was going to need to rely on Wednesday, and his struggles weakened the Illini from the outset.
Look for a bounce back game this weekend, but as for now, chalk this one up to a lack of experience for the big guy.
Everyone On Defense: F
Stop me if you heard this one before: the team playing against Illinois shot over 50 percent from the field. Add in eleven offensive rebounds and a meager 14 turnovers and you have an uncharistically bad game from the Illini defense. I understand Purdue is good, but the Illini have played good teams throughout this season and the defense still showed up. This was a failure on all accounts. Edwards and Haarms owned the Illini tonight.
One bright spot, though, was the bench being held to two points. Solid work on that regard.
Orange Krush: A+
We see you, Krush. Thanks for supporting the Illini, even in a loss.
OH YOU THOUGHT WE WEREN’T GONNA COME THROUGH? pic.twitter.com/9qLT1WUaO5— The Orange Krush (@TheOrangeKrush) February 28, 2019
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