Brad Underwood didn’t have much explanation for the Illini’s disappointing loss to Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights series.

The Illini entered the series with an 8-3 record, and No. 16 in the country. Missouri entered the contest with a better record at 10-1, but had the advantage of an easier schedule so far this season.

Despite a higher ranking, the Tigers out-played, and out-executed Illinois, handing the Illini a 93-71 loss.

According to Underwood, it wasn’t a lack of practice or preparation that led to the loss. Talking to the media after the game, Underwood said that the Illini had a great practice week, mentioning that he was also excited for the game.

Unfortunately, the great practice didn’t transfer onto the court, as the Illini fell apart in the lopsided defeat.

The Illini will be able to regroup during the winter break before facing B-CU on Dec. 29.