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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:30 PM   #51
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:30 PM   #52
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:31 PM   #53
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I'm here to eat crow. I thought a loss for sure after the Purdue game. Nice to see BP back and not pressing to score. Egwu must have read the boards after the purdue game, because he came out with some fire today.
Egwu has been improving little by little each game from what I've seen. Today he took a HUGE leap forward.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:31 PM   #54
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Great win, much better effort from this team. Generally teams probably play about 5 games above their ability level, 5 below their ability level, and the rest of the games are a pretty accurate representation of how good a team is. This game was one of those games where we played 5 above our ability level but that being said I think this shows that every time this team steps on the court they have a legitimate chance to win the game. I hope the improved rebounding and hustle sticks but only time will tell.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:32 PM   #55
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Egwu has been improving little by little each game from what I've seen. Today he took a HUGE leap forward.

He had a tough match up against Amir Williams and he rose to the occasion, were all proud of the guy.

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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:32 PM   #56
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:33 PM   #57
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Also i loved the fact that we played our guards on Deshaun Thomas instead of our forwards. I thought even though he got his points we limited what he could do as a complete package and didn't let him score AS WELL AS get his teammates involved. Total team effort all around today.

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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:33 PM   #58
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Impressive bounce back win. Hopefully it's the start of Egwu's maturation.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:33 PM   #59
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thought Jim Jackson did a decent job today
I like Jim Jackson a lot. Probably my favorite commentator.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:34 PM   #60
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Groce: "I thought we competed with much more toughness & grit & passion."

Groce: "It's not automatic. You've gotta make a conscious decision to be tough."

Groce: "Phenomenal crowd."

RT @kentbrown biggest #illini win vs top 10 Big Ten opponent since a 74-51 win at #10 Iowa on feb 20, 1954! #ILLvsOSU

RT @kentbrown Huge win by #Illini ! Biggest over top 10 opponent since 1964 vs no 2 ucla (27 pts) #ILLvsOSU

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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:34 PM   #61
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Wow, Thomas shot the ball 21 times! I was an above average scorer in HS basketball (15ppg), but I don't ever remember shooting the ball 21 TIMES. I liked to score, but getting a teammate a pass that leads to a score was satisfying as well.

Not comparing my HS career to Thomas's college career, but he might have to ice his shoulder. Volume scorer and streaky shooter.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:35 PM   #62
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Wow, Thomas shot the ball 21 times! I was an above average scorer in HS basketball (15ppg), but I don't ever remember shooting the ball 21 TIMES. I liked to score, but getting a teammate a pass that leads to a score was satisfying as well.

Not comparing my HS career to Thomas's college career, but he might have to ice his shoulder. Volume scorer and streaky shooter.

They did a good job of forcing him to shoot today i felt, didn't give him a chance to get others involved, it's almost like we schemed it that way.

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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:35 PM   #63
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Depends on who you ask.

This more than makes up for the Purdue game, IMHO.
Wish I could have seen it. The score is incredible. It does make the Purdue game look like an aberration and winning one that I thought we'd lose does make up for a loss we absolutely should have won. In the quest for an NCAA bid this is huge as was Wednesday. Kudos for turning this around though. Very impressive. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to lose today. Without knowing How we won it sure is impressive.

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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:36 PM   #64
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Egwu has been improving little by little each game from what I've seen. Today he took a HUGE leap forward.
+1, its nice to see his game improve, and I think he could be a special player by years end. Minn game will be a huge test for him.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:36 PM   #65
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Great win....thinking Purdue loss was a good thing and a reminder that nobody is going to give you anything in this conference. Quick observation....anybody notice Devin Langford not on the bench?

Devin is ill.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:38 PM   #66
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Great win. Really needed this one.

It's going to be that kind of year in the Big Ten. Don't be surprised if we beat Minnesota and then lose @ Nebraska.

There will be more highs and more lows but I will continue to enjoy this team.

Let's sell out The Hall Wednesday night!!
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:38 PM   #67
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RT @kentbrown biggest #illini win vs top 10 Big Ten opponent since a 74-51 win at #10 Iowa on feb 20, 1954! #ILLvsOSU
Wow, cool. That's a fun stat.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:38 PM   #68
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Great win. NA = player of the game.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:39 PM   #69
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I can't be happy about this win because I know we will lose at some point. This win doesn't mean much because we beat them last year, too, and look how that turned out. Egwu had a career day and we can't expect that very often. OSU must be overrated because we beat them so easily, so it's not such a great win.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:39 PM   #70
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Wish I could have seen it. The score is incredible. It does make the Purdue game look like an aberration and winning one that I thought we'd lose does make up for a loss we absolutely should have won. In the quest for an NCAA bid this is huge as was Wednesday. Kudos for turning this around though. Very impressive. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to lose today. Without knowing How we won it sure is impressive.
It makes the Purdue game look exactly like it was...poorly officiated. Like every game at that dump.

Thank God there was no TV Ted out there today.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:39 PM   #71
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Last minute would have been a good time to put in MS, MLT, Ibby and KB and let the crowd give the starters a standing O for a great game and build some crowd momentum for Minny game.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:40 PM   #72
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I can't be happy about this win because I know we will lose at some point. This win doesn't mean much because we beat them last year, too, and look how that turned out. Egwu had a career day and we can't expect that very often. OSU must be overrated because we beat them so easily, so it's not such a great win.
You left out the fact that the football team lost 6 in a row last year which directly affects this year's BB team.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:41 PM   #73
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Wish I could have seen it. The score is incredible. It does make the Purdue game look like an aberration and winning one that I thought we'd lose does make up for a loss we absolutely should have won. In the quest for an NCAA bid this is huge as was Wednesday. Kudos for turning this around though. Very impressive. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to lose today. Without knowing How we won it sure is impressive.
Below is a huge reason why.

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Great win. NA = player of the game.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:42 PM   #74
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I've been at work so I didn't get to see the game. Can somebody tell me how we were able to dominate OSU? I'm assuming we came out with way more intensity than we did against PU.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 02:42 PM   #75
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Updated Big Ten standings-

_____________________Conf______+/-____Overall
1.__Michigan__________1-0______1______14-0
____Indiana___________1-0______1______13-1
____Minnesota_________1-0______0______13-1
____Wisconsin_________1-0______0______10-4
5.__Illinois__________1-1______0______14-2
____Michigan State____1-1______0______12-3
____Ohio State________1-1______0______11-3
____Purdue____________1-1______0_______7-7
9.__Iowa______________0-1______-1_____11-3
____Nebraska__________0-1______0_______9-5
____Northwestern______0-1______-1______9-5
____Penn State________0-1______0_______8-5

+/- = +1 for B1G road win, -1 for B1G home loss.
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