CHAMPAIGN – Brandon Paul started the 2012-13 campaign like a man possessed. He quickly grabbed the team lead in scoring, rebounds and assists; he scored 35 points to help the Illini upset Gonzaga; he fought off a pesky bloody nose to score 19 points in Illinois’ upset of Ohio State. Since that Ohio State game on Jan. 5, however, Paul has looked a shell of his former self. Where he once seemed a lock to be an All-American, the senior guard now appears overmatched and outsmarted by opposing defense. In the seven games since Illinois beat Ohio State, he has shot better than 50 percent just once, grabbed no more than four rebounds in any game, and dished out just 11 assists.