Trent Frazier hit that special gear again when Illinois needed it most. The veteran guard took control offensively in the final minutes Friday night at State Farm Center with Michigan threatening to upset. Sound familiar? Frazier did the same three nights earlier in Lincoln, Neb., also saving the Illini on the road.
What this means
Frazier’s late run covered what had been an ineffective and ineffective Illinois offense for most of Friday’s game (among other issues for the Illini against the Wolverines). Those are two games where Illinois hasn’t been firing on all cylinders at this end of the field. There is a potential solution to this problem, but Andre Curbelo’s return is yet to be determined.
Arguably the biggest challenge of the season yet for the Illinois No. 25 with an 11 a.m. showdown with the No. 7 Purdue at State Farm Center on a Martin Luther King Jr. day full of basketball -ball. The Boilermakers have the best offense in the country and a legitimate upside down game between Trevion Williams/Zach Edey and Jaden Ivey.
what was said
“Coming in, I knew I had a task to keep him. I’ve watched a lot of movies about him, and he’s a really 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 faces Frazier
Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is [email protected], and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).