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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Game 21: Illinois (15-5, 2-4) vs Michigan (18-1, 5-1)

Sunday, January 27th

The Assembly Hall

Time: 5:00pm CT

TV: BTN


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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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Give a good effort and i can live with whatever the result. Our crowd must give great energy! Win this game and you change your momentum drastically.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:41 PM   #3
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Hope we can get some home court mojo going for this game. Need to make AH one of the hardest places to win in the country once again.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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Opportunity #1 to take a step out of the Lose-to-Northwestern-at-home hole.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:47 PM   #5
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I'll be there. Looking forward to cheering on the O&B and seeing UM's stacked rotation. UM features the most talented starting 5 in the B1G and maybe the country. Slowing down Burke and Hardaway Jr. is key. BP and DJ will be busy.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:49 PM   #6
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Heading down for the game. Would love a win.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:58 PM   #7
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We hit our open shots, hang with them in rebounding. And push the ball, I see no reason why we can't win this game. Gonna be a great game.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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Gotta play our best game of the year, WHY NOT??
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:13 PM   #10
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Michigan is just too good and don't think we get another 30 from Dj.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:03 AM   #11
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I think this game has more to do with Michigan than us. If Mich plays well, they beat us because they are better. If they play sloppy, shoot bad, don't defend well, I would not be surprised with a win. If we give our best effort the game will be close
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:14 AM   #12
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 03:14 AM   #13
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Close game until the 4 minute mark in the 2nd half, then they pull away.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 03:32 AM   #14
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I thought in the Nebraska pregame we'd absolutely win in Lincoln, followed by a thrashing at the hands of Michigan in C-U. I don't have any reason to believe differently.

Michigan, in my opinion, is the best team I've seen all year. They have literally 5 guys who can go for 25+ on any given night. Unless Tracy wakes up, Brandon goes career, and Tyler hits shots, this will be ugly.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 04:23 AM   #15
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The place will be rockin': IL 63, MI 60.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:47 AM   #16
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Need DJ to stay hot and have BP join him. Maybe Griff can finally get a shot or two to fall, we'll need something special to win this one. TA is going to have his hands full with Burke, need to stay focused and make good decisions.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 08:16 AM   #17
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I'm flying in from New Jersey for the game, and built a 68-1 Assembly Hall record while in school. The team got some confidence back and rides a hot shooting night for the W.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:11 AM   #18
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One victory and the mood shifts. Seems like most people were predicting we lose to Neb, now many are predicting wins against M. I am hopeful, but not predicting a victory. M is very good, and balanced, unlike OSU.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:37 AM   #19
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:10 AM   #20
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I thought in the Nebraska pregame we'd absolutely win in Lincoln, followed by a thrashing at the hands of Michigan in C-U. I don't have any reason to believe differently.

Michigan, in my opinion, is the best team I've seen all year. They have literally 5 guys who can go for 25+ on any given night. Unless Tracy wakes up, Brandon goes career, and Tyler hits shots, this will be ugly.

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Illinois 66
I hate agreeing with this, but I'm afraid you're right. Of those three things you mentioned here are my odds:

Brandon going career: 5-1
Tracy waking up: 18-1
Tyler hitting shots: 100-1 (and this coming from a guy who would love to see Tyler knocking down shots again.)
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:29 AM   #21
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We just beat NEBRASKA and posters are picking us to beat the #2 ranked team in the country after losing 3 out of our last 4 by a total of over 50?! People need to start being realists on here and know what to expect out of this team. The game will be close in the first half based on the energy and stamina we have, but we will lose that in the 2nd half and end up losing by 12-16 points. I hope I'm wrong though. I just think their bigs will be too much and their guards are so much better in every aspect of the game than us.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:01 AM   #22
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We just beat NEBRASKA and posters are picking us to beat the #2 ranked team in the country after losing 3 out of our last 4 by a total of over 50?! People need to start being realists on here and know what to expect out of this team. The game will be close in the first half based on the energy and stamina we have, but we will lose that in the 2nd half and end up losing by 12-16 points. I hope I'm wrong though. I just think their bigs will be too much and their guards are so much better in every aspect of the game than us.
You just never know, before that 3/4 skid was a 20-point domination of the #8 team in the country. That's why I just don't even try making predictions.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:06 AM   #23
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I hate agreeing with this, but I'm afraid you're right. Of those three things you mentioned here are my odds:

Brandon going career: 5-1
Tracy waking up: 18-1
Tyler hitting shots: 100-1 (and this coming from a guy who would love to see Tyler knocking down shots again.)
Honestly, if I were Michigan, I'd play SUPER soft on Griffey and give him the open shots. Then it becomes: Can Griffey wake up?
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 11:19 AM   #24
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:01 PM   #25
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I think this game has more to do with Michigan than us. If Mich plays well, they beat us because they are better. If they play sloppy, shoot bad, don't defend well, I would not be surprised with a win. If we give our best effort the game will be close
I basically agree with this but think this assumes that Illinois plays well. If Illinois has an off night, it will all be on our shoulders. MI on their worst night can beat us on one of our bad nights. Man, that would be an ugly basketball game.

I am optimistic about our chances but in no way would I predict a win against MI. Play well and we can beat them.
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