Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Braggin' Rights: 2009 Edition

The Illini head into their annual Braggin' Rights showdown with Mizzou on a record 9-game winning streak in the rivalry game. The Illini haven't lost (yet) this century.

Wednesday the Illini and the Tigers are in similar positions. Both teams have 3 losses, including a couple games they know they should have won. Both teams will have about half the crowd in their colors. Both teams have a lot to play for before heading into a tough conference season.

Freshman guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson will be facing Mizzou Coach Mike Anderson's press for the first time. They will need to limit turnovers and take cues from Demetri McCamey, who has experience against this style of pressure defense. Hopefully lessons learned in the Clemson game will help the Illini against these Tigers.

Mizzou continues to improve, and this will be a tough one for the Illini, especially after the disappointing Georgia loss. How will this team respond to their last loss? How will the freshman respond to the atmosphere in St. Louis? As always, a win would be a fabulous Christmas present!

Go Illini!


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