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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:32 PM   #76
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IMO 6 more BT wins to go...still a LONG way to go.

If we can pull off 1 out of next 5 then we could do 5 wins this way (not including BTT):

1. Purdue at home
2. NW on road
3. PSU at home
4. NEB at home
5. Iowa on road

If we win 2 of next 5, we don't have to win that Iowa on the road game to get to 8-10
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:34 PM   #77
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:34 PM   #78
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Let me clarify:how many games do we need to win out of the next 5 to stay in tourney?
2?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:37 PM   #79
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I will admit that one thing that bothers me is our extremely short rotation. I question how much improvement we can expect out of Langford, Shaw, and even Henry given their very limited minutes. In that respect, our change in head coach has not changed our rotation philosophy that I can see.
It'd be nice to go deeper, but we're far from alone in using a 7-man rotation. Tonight KU, MSU and UW all used 7-man rotations. I'm sure others did, too. Not uncommon this time of year. Key is only one player (DJ) played more than 30 mins tonight, so no one logged heavy mins, and we have 5 days off till UM.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:42 PM   #80
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While many posters have been pretty critical of the officials in games previous, I really havent seen a game I thought was poorly officiated. Tonight, I thought the officiating was awful.
If you watch other conferences' games they seem a little rougher but they have an exciting flow back and forth displaying the personalities and skills and weaknesses the teams possess. The B1G is called extremely tight = Lots of fouls. Tonight however was an embarrassment to our league. Those refs were a poor example of what they are out there for. Did not effect outcome, just hard to watch. Held Neb under 60! Called it!

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:42 PM   #81
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Our O produced a lot of open looks tonight. Better screening, quicker movement and better job of swinging the ball sideline to sideline to shift the D out of place and set them up for screens and cuts. Defensively we matched up well with UNL. Their guards aren't overly quick or physical, and their bigs are big but aren't very athletic. They have to be the 2nd-worst team in the B1G after PSU. NU looked much more skilled.

Question is can we maintain this intensity and focus?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:43 PM   #82
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What did JG say to earn a T? Looked like he was just talking to the ref, not being demonstrative or showing him up.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:48 PM   #83
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What did JG say to earn a T? Looked like he was just talking to the ref, not being demonstrative or showing him up.
I'm guessing a four letter word. Looked like he was pretty calm, must have sad the right word.:laugh:

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:53 PM   #84
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I'm guessing a four letter word. Looked like he was pretty calm, must have sad the right word.:laugh:
Whoever that referee was that T'd him up is one of the worst referees I've seen in the Big 10.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:55 PM   #85
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Anyone notice that we pushed the ball more. Uptempo, transition buckets.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:56 PM   #86
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Thank God we won. WHEW.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:57 PM   #87
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Okay, can all the !d!0t5 on here that keep calling for DJ to sit shut up now? He finally did the one thing that means anything to those people so they should be happy.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:58 PM   #88
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Anyone notice that we pushed the ball more. Uptempo, transition buckets.
Our bigs got more defensive boards, allowing our guards to leak out upcourt more often. Plus we had a couple of nice steals leading to transition baskets.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:01 PM   #89
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Anyone notice that we pushed the ball more. Uptempo, transition buckets.
We threw some decent passes tonight too.

The intensity was just better all around.

I still can't believe how sloppy we are with the ball sometimes. We had several occasions where we were lucky to keep the ball because we threw lazy, soft passes but were aggressive enough in receiving the ball to get away with it.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:03 PM   #90
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Whoever that referee was that T'd him up is one of the worst referees I've seen in the Big 10.
I mentioned in the game thread, he is the same official that called the flagrant+1 against Joseph Bertrand last year at Penn St.

It was such a weak call. The basket should have counted and no foul called. Way too many touch fouls.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:03 PM   #91
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We won this game with 3 things primarily:

1. Boards
2. Defensive intensity
3. DJ goin' off

Won't be that easy vs. Mich or next 5...especially #1 or #3....will need #2 and hope we hit some shots by moving the ball...NEED NEED NEED TA to be on and not get into foul trouble.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:10 PM   #92
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Got the must win. Now we need to go after an upset or two over the next few.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:10 PM   #93
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Oh my.... The highs and lows of Illini basketball and the reaction from the fanbase after each W and L is incredible.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:12 PM   #94
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Oh my.... The highs and lows of Illini basketball and the reaction from the fanbase after each W and L is incredible.
My thoughts exactly.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:12 PM   #95
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Oh my.... The highs and lows of Illini basketball and the reaction from the fanbase after each W and L is incredible.
Haven't you figured out that you have to be manic-depressive to be an fan!?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:13 PM   #96
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Oh my.... The highs and lows of Illini basketball and the reaction from the fanbase after each W and L is incredible.
That's pretty much any fans that have any expectations.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:13 PM   #97
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A much needed win
Last year's demons exorcised.
Let's beat Michigan
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...nice job though
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:17 PM   #98
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Did anyone else get annoyed with how often Eddie kept calling out our guys for playing too aggressively on defense at the end of the game? I understood his point but had two problems with it. First, I would think Groce was trying to make a point to the guys that they must play with a high level of intensity consistently (create the mindset). Second, Eddie never played a lick of defense when he was with the Illini (I loved him but he was just a gunner).
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:41 PM   #99
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That's pretty much any fans that have any expectations.
I expected us to be a bubble team at the beginning of the year. Fairly high expectations for a team that fell flat on its face last season.

However, I didn't get extremely pumped when we won Maui or beat Gonzaga. Excited? Yes. Nor did I scream and throw a hissy fit when we lost to Purdue and Northwestern. Was I disappointed? Sure. But I expected everything to even out over the course of the season, and it has... A lot of the people on here, though, are so bipolar game by game that I just find it incredible and slightly hysterical.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:47 PM   #100
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I expected us to be a bubble team at the beginning of the year. Fairly high expectations for a team that fell flat on its face last season.

However, I didn't get extremely pumped when we won Maui or beat Gonzaga. Excited? Yes. Nor did I scream and throw a hissy fit when we lost to Purdue and Northwestern. Was I disappointed? Sure. But I expected everything to even out over the course of the season, and it has... A lot of the people on here, though, are so bipolar game by game that I just find it incredible and slightly hysterical.
I agree. I was just making the point that it happens everywhere. We should just be happy that we are moving in a positive direction, which I am.
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