Illinois' Tracy Abrams shoots against Eastern Kentucky in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Illinois won 66-53.

Illinois' Tracy Abrams shoots against Eastern Kentucky in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Illinois won 66-53.

Im not a Illinois basketball fan, but I still think Meyers Leonard is mighty fine! <3

Im not a Illinois basketball fan, but I still think Meyers Leonard is mighty fine! <3

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand, left, is fouled by Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz as he drives to the basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill. Jan. 7, 2012. Illinois beat Nebraska 59-54. (AP Photo/John Dixon)    I still ask: why are you wearing a face mask??

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand, left, is fouled by Nebraska center Jorge Brian Diaz as he drives to the basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill. Jan. 7, 2012. Illinois beat Nebraska 59-54. (AP Photo/John Dixon) I still ask: why are you wearing a face mask??

Just when it appeared No. 22 Illinois had gone quiet, reserve guard Joseph Bertrand made some noise.  "Until you get to know him, Joe sometimes comes off like a quiet guy, but he's got some big-time energy," Illinois coach John Groce said. "I very rarely will watch practice film or game film and say, 'Bertrand isn't playing hard.' "  "He brings a lot of energy off the bench," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "He's a great athlete. He's just streaky enough to be dangerous."

Just when it appeared No. 22 Illinois had gone quiet, reserve guard Joseph Bertrand made some noise. "Until you get to know him, Joe sometimes comes off like a quiet guy, but he's got some big-time energy," Illinois coach John Groce said. "I very rarely will watch practice film or game film and say, 'Bertrand isn't playing hard.' " "He brings a lot of energy off the bench," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "He's a great athlete. He's just streaky enough to be dangerous."

"We went zone to basically try and stay away from Meyers Leonard hurting us," Coppin State head coach Ron Mitchell said. "He's 7-1 and I have a midget squad. I have to try and do the best I can with what I have."

"We went zone to basically try and stay away from Meyers Leonard hurting us," Coppin State head coach Ron Mitchell said. "He's 7-1 and I have a midget squad. I have to try and do the best I can with what I have."

Illinois' Joseph Bertrand, bottom, heads to the basket as Missouri's Jabari Brown defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketba...Illinois' Joseph Bertrand, bottom, heads to the basket as Missouri's Jabari Brown defends during the college basketball game, in St. Louis. Illinois won 65-64. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Illinois' Joseph Bertrand, bottom, heads to the basket as Missouri's Jabari Brown defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketba...Illinois' Joseph Bertrand, bottom, heads to the basket as Missouri's Jabari Brown defends during the college basketball game, in St. Louis. Illinois won 65-64. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Illinois guard Brandon Paul holds up the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational MVP trophy.

Illinois guard Brandon Paul holds up the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational MVP trophy.

Illinois-Chicago's Pat Birt goes up for a shot against Illinois' Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu during an NCAA basketball game in Chicago. Illinois won 74-60. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Illinois-Chicago's Pat Birt goes up for a shot against Illinois' Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu during an NCAA basketball game in Chicago. Illinois won 74-60. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) collides with Alabama State forward Maurice Strong (22). (Rick Danzl/AP)

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) collides with Alabama State forward Maurice Strong (22). (Rick Danzl/AP)

Illini guard Malcolm Hill (21) makes a basket during the first half while playing Chicago State.

Illini guard Malcolm Hill (21) makes a basket during the first half while playing Chicago State.

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