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Old Dec 22, 2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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Game 14: Illinois (12-1) vs Auburn (5-6)

Saturday, December 29th

United Center, Chicago

Time: 1:15pm CT

TV: BTN


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Old Dec 22, 2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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Auburn just lost at home, to Winthrop.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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Expect a huge, rowdy crowd at the UC. Chicagoland alumni are sick of watching mediocre Illini teams come in and leaving with 2005 nostalgia. They will be loud and proud.

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Old Dec 22, 2012, 08:27 PM   #4
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 08:29 PM   #5
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I should be there and I hope everyone who has the chance to go does. We need it to be loud in the UC!!!!
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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I really don't like this game.

Can these kids lose and bounce back?

They never did all 4 years they've been here.

Hopefully Groce makes them bounce back.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 10:35 PM   #7
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Not much of a test. Auburn is No. 164 per Sagarin. I don't have much doubt that we will win, but it would be nice to put away one of these patsies early for a change.

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Old Dec 22, 2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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I really don't like this game.

Can these kids lose and bounce back?

They never did all 4 years they've been here.

Hopefully Groce makes them bounce back.
I love this game because when we do win people like you will stop asking these silly irrelevant questions all the time. We didn't do this last year? They haven't done this in 4 years? They had this record last year and what happened? Focus on NOW and the the future and not the past.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 11:35 PM   #9
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Not much of a test. Auburn is No. 164 per Sagarin. I don't have much doubt that we will win, but it would be nice to put away one of these patsies early for a change.
+1. A win by less than 15 points would be a disappointment. Auburn is a bad team, and we should be fired up for a W at the UC. Need to start showing some killer instinct in these types of games. Hoping we do.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 01:02 AM   #10
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Was there last year for the ugly UNLV loss and I'll be there again Saturday. Can't imagine how ugly the UIC loss was 2 years ago to those in attendance.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 02:50 AM   #11
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My alma mater Murray State beat Auburn by 30 in the Charleston classic so I expect nothing less in this game. ILLINI
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 06:58 AM   #12
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Coach Groce needs just 3 wins to reach 100 for his career, so let's drub Auburn @ UC, beat down the Boilers @ Mackey & then get him #100 against Ohio St @ home! How cool would that be, to get your 100th vs Matta, your mentor. Go Illini!!!!!!!
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 07:10 AM   #13
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Auburn is not good on offense, they have 2 guys making ~50% on 3 pointers (but don't take many) and they do well on the offensive glass, that's about it. We should be able to force turnovers and get a lot of good looks on offense. Just need to execute.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 07:54 AM   #14
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This is the first of many critical games. Do they bounce back or start to fade? I think that they will bounce back with a vengeance.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 08:31 AM   #15
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I really don't like this game.

Can these kids lose and bounce back?

They never did all 4 years they've been here.


Hopefully Groce makes them bounce back.
NEVER!!?? You mean they haven't won a game since their first taste of defeat as freshmen!!?? WOW!! I had no idea things were so bad. Can't imagine why I'm so pleased with what's happened so far this year. I must be a complete moron.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 08:32 AM   #16
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Hope you guys like the Big Ten Network, because this is the start of 13 games broadcast on BTN in the next 15 games we play. Next time we'll see Illinois on an ESPN network is February.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 09:45 AM   #17
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Coach Groce needs just 3 wins to reach 100 for his career, so let's drub Auburn @ UC, beat down the Boilers @ Mackey & then get him #100 against Ohio St @ home! How cool would that be, to get your 100th vs Matta, your mentor. Go Illini!!!!!!!
+1 that would be very cool if it turned out that way!!
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 09:47 AM   #18
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Is auburn returning all their starters from last season? What place did they end up in SEC and did they have any standout wins last season or this season yet? My prediction Ill come out of their shooting slump and Tracey plays more relaxed and doesn't press himself to do something spectacular every play, Ill 82 Aub 60
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:08 AM   #19
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Mike Thomas needs to bring Jim Shepherd back for this game annually at the UC.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:26 AM   #20
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Is auburn returning all their starters from last season? What place did they end up in SEC and did they have any standout wins last season or this season yet?
Auburn finished 11th in the SEC last year. Best win this year is over College of Charleston, I guess. They beat USF and Ole Miss last season. We should win, but nothing has been easy for us recently.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 11:13 AM   #21
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I love this game because when we do win people like you will stop asking these silly irrelevant questions all the time. We didn't do this last year? They haven't done this in 4 years? They had this record last year and what happened? Focus on NOW and the the future and not the past.
Amen, bro! This is far better team than Bruce's last team and since this is Bruce's last team it must be that the coach is better. The kids left it all on the floor against vastly superior Mizzou talent. This will be fun for a change at the UC and I will be there.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 11:26 AM   #22
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Was there last year for the ugly UNLV loss and I'll be there again Saturday. Can't imagine how ugly the UIC loss was 2 years ago to those in attendance.
Be very thankful you did not have to experience that monstrosity in person...

It may have been the most embarrassed I have been as an Illini fan. I did meet Howard Moore after the game, he was a really nice guy and he was pretty huge. I think that will be a good hire for UIC.

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Old Dec 23, 2012, 11:48 AM   #23
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 11:54 AM   #24
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Who is all going to the game?

I will be in section 312.

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Old Dec 23, 2012, 12:00 PM   #25
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