Best Big Man in the Big Ten?

With all the attention going to Illinois' guards, one of the most consistent players during this stretch run has been Augustine. Right now he may be the best big man in the Big Ten. Read here for details.

Kedric:
James, this entire season everyone has talked about the guards Dee Brown, Luther Head and Deron Williams, but the last month you may have been the team's MVP. Has Coach Weber told the guards to look for you more?

James:
No, not really. Coach Weber has always made it an emphasis to get the ball down low when the guards shoot the ball - the way they did at Michigan. I can understand. But then you have the Indiana game when their shots weren't falling. They know it's time to go inside.

Kedric:
During the Indiana game when the shots didn't fall for the guards, did you think to yourself that it's time for me to raise my game level?

James:
I just think it comes out that way. I don't feel that way. We just needed to step it up as a team, and then get our defense going. I think on offense some games it just comes to you and sometimes it doesn't. But when that happens you have to play good defense. Some days it's Dee, others it's Deron. When their game is not where they want it to be, it just falls into your hands. Basketball is a game where you just can't turn it on and off.

Kedric:
What was your assessment of the crowd during the Indiana game? Some people think this has become too easy for you guys. These past few weeks you have played great away from the Hall.

James:
When you are playing at tough environments it gives you that extra motivation to play harder I guess. And when the crowd is not into the games here, that's when you have to find your own motivation for the game. However we can't get caught up in those things. But I will say, you can see when the place is louder - we play better.

This season James Augustine has been named Big Ten Player of the Week twice. His scoring average is up three points in the past month. Augustine is leading the conference in FG% shooting at 65%. He ranks fourth in the league in rebounding with a 7.4 average a game. All this to go along with his 77% free throw pct. When the season is over and you look at James' numbers, his ability to block shots and run the floor, he just may be the best kept secret on this team.


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