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Old Jan 16, 2017, 06:11 PM   #26
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Another nice win for a really young and undermanned (underwomaned?) Illini team. 3-2 in the big 10. A shame nobody on this site seems to care.
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 06:34 PM   #27
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Another nice win for a really young and undermanned (underwomaned?) Illini team. 3-2 in the big 10. A shame nobody on this site seems to care.
They are certainly improved over early in the season. I haven't seen them play much but looking forward to seeing them finish strong.
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 07:33 PM   #28
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Doc you beat me to it, (had 4 games this weekend).
I'm really happy with what I'm seeing with the this young squad. The growth and development that they have shown is pretty remarkable to this point. The freshmen have really stepped up their game as a whole, they still make mistakes, but have cut them down from earlier in the year. Freshman PG Brandi Beasley, may be the best true point guard I've seen at Illinois in my 20 years of covering UIWB.
Another freshman guard Petra Holesinska has also come on strong, a really good 3pt threat and can drive to the basket and score.
Two other freshmen Ali Andrews and Brittany Joens are settling into their roles and are contributing.
For at nearly half of every game the Illini have all freshmen and sophomores on the court. Early in the season, it was difficult to watch at times. Watching the team now, its really a huge difference. They have a long way to go, but now at least it seems as they are heading in the right direction. With some luck and no injuries, it's not out of the realm that this team could finish at .500 or a little better.
They only lose a backup Senior after this season, they have 3 good recruits coming in for next season, and add Cierra Rice (back to back season ending injuries) and transfer Cydnee Kinslow.
What I have noticed is how close this team appears to be, players on the bench are "engaged in the game" and cheering on their teammates. So hopefully they continue to grow this season, add more pieces next year and end this tough 10 year stretch for UIWB.
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 07:36 PM   #29
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They are certainly improved over early in the season. I haven't seen them play much but looking forward to seeing them finish strong.
Over their last seven games they've been blown out by two MAC teams and two middle-of-the-pack B1G teams (Michigan State and Iowa).

It's hard for me to get too excited by their inconsistent results thus far.
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 08:19 PM   #30
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Over their last seven games they've been blown out by two MAC teams and two middle-of-the-pack B1G teams (Michigan State and Iowa).

It's hard for me to get too excited by their inconsistent results thus far.
They are almost exclusively freshmen and sophs so consistency will likely elude them for now.
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Old Jan 16, 2017, 09:56 PM   #31
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Do they still run the buzz?
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Old Jan 17, 2017, 10:16 AM   #32
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I've been to the games at SFC. They primary run a 2-3 zone.
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Old Jan 17, 2017, 11:26 AM   #33
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They are almost exclusively freshmen and sophs so consistency will likely elude them for now.
Several people did not think they would win at all this year. I haven't seen much of them, except I saw them blitz Rutgers. They are a very young team (7 of the 12 on the roster are freshmen, only one sr. who is playing 8 minutes per game on the avg.) (thus ups & downs) & have far exceeded my expectations. I see they beat Nebraska handily (though Nebraska doesn't appear to be having a very good season) this past weekend.
At one point I thought Bollant was gone. Not anymore. He has this team pointed in the right direction. Hopefully the upward trend will continue.
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Old Jan 17, 2017, 11:50 AM   #34
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They are far better than I expected, as well. They have gotten progressively better as the season has gone on. Bollant had to make changes with the defense with the young team. They were playing more man defense in the beginning of the season, but with playing such young players they don't have the defensive skills for that. Bollant is doing an excellent job with this team!
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Old Jan 19, 2017, 08:41 AM   #35
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I watched the game last night. They came out of the half and cut the lead down to 9, but then couldn't get anything else going. They had open shots, but a lot of the shots rimmed out.
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