Illini Wonk
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
  What can Brown do for you?
Despite missing all six three-point attempts and committing almost twice as many turnovers as assists, Dee Brown's performance is drawing praise from ESPN analysts.

After calling the game for ESPN last night, Dick Vitale posted a recap of the game, saying Illinois is a lot better than I thought. He went on to say: Illinois got to the winner's circle because of experience and some clutch free-throw shooting from Mr. Brown, a member of my preseason All-Solid Gold team. Vitale had plenty of positive to say about Brown during the game, comparing him to NBA All-Star Allen Iverson (previous comparisons to Jason Terry have been made on this blog).

Andy Katz was also at the game and said Brown's campaign for national player of the year unofficially began Tuesday night here at the Smith Center in a rematch of the 2005 national title game against North Carolina. Katz notes that, while his stat sheet was not overly impressive, Brown did all the things necessary to lead his team to victory.

For a dissenting opinion, look no further than Gregg Doyel of CBS, who writes Dee Brown isn't playing all that good in his daily dribbles.

Following the game, Brown was interviewed by ESPN GameNight and you can catch the archived audio here.
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