“I knew that it wasn’t going to be right away”


CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Tevian Jones gave Illini Nation a glimpse of what the future might hold. Illinois beating a ranked team. A 4-star wing leading the Orange and Blue on one of the world’s most renowned courts. Both scenarios are not fairy tales, they actually happened over the weekend, as Tevian Jones led the Illini to a 78-67 win over No. 13 ranked Maryland at Madison Square Garden.

“I knew that it wasn’t going to be right away,” Jones said about his 18-point breakout performance. “I knew I had to work my way back in. I was staying in the gym a lot and making sure that I was still in the flow and things like that. Making sure I never got out of it and things like that and always on the sideline watching things so I was never out of it. Once I was back on the court it was, it made it more easier.”

“He’s starting to be more comfortable,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. “The ball looks great when it comes off his hand. He was on balanace and I think the one thing that we know is that he can really run. He’s a very good shooter and that was evident at The Garden on Saturday.”

Illinois returns to the court Wednesday at Minnesota for an 8 p.m. tip on Big Ten Network. The Illini are 1-15 in road games under Brad Underwood but beat the Golden Gophers in Champaign earlier this month.

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