CHAMPAIGN — Illinois senior Malcolm Hill isn’t a vocal guy by trait. The normally mild mannered guard is hands down the best player on the court for the Illini, has been for several years, but he’d rather lead by example than his words. After Purdue blasted Illinois by 23 points Tuesday night, Hill didn’t hold back in the locker room.
“I said some words here and there,” he said. “I’m not the most expressive guy but I expressed myself a little bit.”
“It was a combination of stay positive and you know in a nice way, we have to change things,” Illinois senior center Maverick Morgan said. “I think that’s obvious and evident to everyone but he just wanted to hit us with that before the coaches got in there.”
In the post game press conference, fifth-year head coach John Groce took a mostly positive approach, citing several things the Illini did well. He was also realistic that his players need to be better.
“We need to be a lot more consistent and we need individuals to step up that have got to play better than they’re playing right now and it is what it is, that’s the reality of it,” Groce said.
The Illini (12-7, 2-4) are back on the road this weekend, playing at Michigan Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. CT.