This past week served as an opportunity for us to get back on the practice floor without the need to exclusively prepare for our next opponent. We were able to get back to the basics offensively and defensively.
Over the course of a season, especially in the Big Ten Conference, your opponents demand so much of your practice time because of their skill level and style of play. Every coach will tell you that in effort to be prepared for the game ahead, you do not have the ability to practice all the things that you would like. Slippage is going to occur, but we were fortunate this past week to have the bye week to address some of those areas.
On Sunday, Illinois came into Crisler Center on a roll and we knew that they would be ready to play. I credit our team for playing tough the first half and for creating some separation in the second half by converting good defense into good offense.
Trey Burke went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Trey. Over the past two seasons, he has played some outstanding basketball for us.
Jordan Morgan played extended minutes on Sunday for the first time since his injury. Jordan's energy and activity were critical in our victory. I give him a ton of credit for his hard work and his determination with his rehab.
Our next opponent is Penn State tomorrow night in State College. Any Big Ten road game deserves the proper preparation and attention.
Penn State played tough here 10 days ago, and it will take a team effort to walk out of State College with a victory.
We look forward to the tomorrow night's opportunity to continue to push forward in the Big Ten Conference.