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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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Once again, the bright spot offensively for Illinois was D.J. Richardson, who scored 18 points on 11 shots. The senior guard is having the best conference season of his career, and it's not even close.

In the past, Richardson has had a nasty habit of disappearing in conference play, but he's thriving in his final go-round. Richardson has had similar numbers to former Iowa guard Matt Gatens his entire career, and it looks like he is duplicating Gatens' fantastic senior season. Good thing for the Illini, as running mate Brandon Paul is in a bit of a slump. Paul scored three points and fouled out against Purdue, making the big margin all the more impressive.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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So happy for DJ. He deserves anything positive that comes his way.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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I've been frustrated with his play since his freshman season, but he is really playing the best ball of his collegiate career right now. And no better time than in your senior season, helping your team reach the NCAA Tourney. Same can be said about Griff.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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I've noticed DJ showing more leadership in the last several games, leading with his play and vocally, showing real enthusiam for the game. I remember the talk about a month ago that we were lacking senior leadership, nice to see DJ step up when BP and TG were off their game. It's really sparked our team as of late, I think having another go to guy really improves teams confidence.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 10:48 AM   #5
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Mike Davis-esque only hopefully better
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:00 AM   #6
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If Brandon recovers as DJ and TG have, it could be an interesting March
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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If Brandon recovers as DJ and TG have, it could be an interesting March
IF those 3 return to their early season non-conference form all simultaneously, and IF we stay healthy, we could be a very dangerous team in the NCAA tourney. When our shots are falling, any team is game.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:16 AM   #8
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The big thing is that DJ is healthy finally and confident. He had some lingering injuries both his soph and junior year so give him credit for trying to play through it. Need to get Paul back on track and this team suddenly becomes very dangerous.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 12:41 PM   #9
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Mike Davis-esque only hopefully better
Exactly what I was thinking too. Glad to see it!!!
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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If Brandon recovers as DJ and TG have, it could be an interesting March
Exactly...

Plus Egwu and Abrams have both shown signs of improvement throughout the course of the season. Joe Bertrand does what he does, and provides that energy off the bench and scoring when we need it.

If Myke Henry can string together a couple of games and provide an additional scoring threat off the bench, even if it is 4-6 points per, we could really be on to something.

Besides BP being in a semi-slump, everyone seems to be peaking and getting better as we go along... that is a great sign potentially.

I need to stop chugging the kool-aid.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:37 PM   #11
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Exactly...

Plus Egwu and Abrams have both shown signs of improvement throughout the course of the season. Joe Bertrand does what he does, and provides that energy off the bench and scoring when we need it.

If Myke Henry can string together a couple of games and provide an additional scoring threat off the bench, even if it is 4-6 points per, we could really be on to something.

Besides BP being in a semi-slump, everyone seems to be peaking and getting better as we go along... that is a great sign potentially.

I need to stop chugging the kool-aid.
You may be right though. If BP will take a few shots inside the arc before launching a barrage of bombs, he may be able to get back on track. He's really at his best when he uses the 3 to augment his game rather than as his game.

DJ has been a monster of late. Hopefully he can keep that pace up. His confidence with his ball handling has dramatically improved as well.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:52 PM   #12
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You may be right though. If BP will take a few shots inside the arc before launching a barrage of bombs, he may be able to get back on track. He's really at his best when he uses the 3 to augment his game rather than as his game.

DJ has been a monster of late. Hopefully he can keep that pace up. His confidence with his ball handling has dramatically improved as well.
Agree, I would love to see BP come off some curl screens and get to the basket to start. Maybe design the first play of the game for him to get an easy shot or get to the FT line.

It seems like when he is aggressive at the start of the game, and not fading away shooting long distance prayers, he seems more engaged and typically plays better.

I forgot to even include Sam M, but it is clear he is doing all the little things asked for him and has been playing extremely well on defense and on the offensive boards. He has been our banger and is playing tough as hell.

I am really proud of everyone on the team, they did not wilt and die and all seem to have stepped up and are playing tough as hell.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:57 PM   #13
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I am really proud of everyone on the team, they did not wilt and die and all seem to have stepped up and are playing tough as hell.
As much as we all want to believe Groce is the sole reason for this, I have to think that the team learned a lot from the embarassment of last season. I think Groce has done a masterful job in how he handled the slump, and I'm excited as all hell to have him here though. We talk about how smart these kids seem off the court, and it takes a group of smart individuals to learn from their previous mistakes and not go down the same path.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:57 PM   #14
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IMO, BP3 is not really in a "slump" per se. He had a fantastic start to the season and aside from his great game at Gonzaga has simply regressed back to the mean. He's still playing better than last season, and more consistently. If you chart his offensive efficiency, he's been pretty constant since late November. And it's also clear that his efficiency is tied directly to his shot (and shot selection).
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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When Groce came out and defended Richardson publicly and with authority, DJ turned his season around. That's what the great coaches do. They stick up for their guys and give them a shot in the arm by saying what Groce said for DJ. "I love the kid, and I'm not trading him." I call this the anti-Weber. Groce has shown that he has his players back, especially two guys who needed his support more than the rest DJ and Griffey. Groce is the man. Lock him up for multiple seasons. He is getting it done, and his team is now a believer.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 02:00 PM   #16
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When Groce came out and defended Richardson publicly and with authority, DJ turned his season around. That's what the great coaches do. They stick up for their guys and give them a shot in the arm by saying what Groce said for DJ. "I love the kid, and I'm not trading him." I call this the anti-Weber. Groce has shown that he has his players back, especially two guys who needed his support more than the rest DJ and Griffey. Groce is the man. Lock him up for multiple seasons. He is getting it done, and his team is now a believer.
Yeah, I really liked that Groce defended him so aggressively in his pressers, and love the way that DJ has responded. Very happy to see him have this success in his senior season.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 02:06 PM   #17
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Yeah, I really liked that Groce defended him so aggressively in his pressers, and love the way that DJ has responded. Very happy to see him have this success in his senior season.
Exactly. You show someone all out support and publicly say I love that kid, and demand that he keep shooting. Two words... PLAYERS COACH.

A players coach has been missing from the Illinois sideline since Bill Self. Guys loved to play for Self and guys love to play for Groce. We got a big time guy with Groce.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 03:59 PM   #18
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I have been impressed with the way DJ has been playing the last couple of games. I admit, I loved when Groce made the statement about not trading DJ for someone else. What a relief to have a coach that has your back and then publicly goes to bat for you in front of the press.

DJ has always given the effort and I am glad to see him having some success during his senior year. I am so excited for the seniors and the way they have responded to a very tough stretch. I will be the first to admit I was sick of watching them play, but now I can't wait to see what they will do next!
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I have been impressed with the way DJ has been playing the last couple of games. I admit, I loved when Groce made the statement about not trading DJ for someone else. What a relief to have a coach that has your back and then publicly goes to bat for you in front of the press.

DJ has always given the effort and I am glad to see him having some success during his senior year. I am so excited for the seniors and the way they have responded to a very tough stretch. I will be the first to admit I was sick of watching them play, but now I can't wait to see what they will do next!
+1. I agree with you on both points. I think that Groce's emphasis of being positive in every situation (the Tigger, not Eeyore approach) has been a breath of fresh air for these players, especially the seniors. When they went into their tailspin, Groce did not pile on or complain. Instead, he stood up for everyone, most outspokenly, for DJ. When asked about benching BP for his lack of defense, HCJG deferred and said, "You'll have to ask him." After going to the WI game, I, too, was sick of watching them play, but now I'm thrilled with their perseverance, tenacity, and ability to put themselves right back in the NCAA tourney picture. I am vowing to join Groce in remaining optimistic about the TEAM, especially the seniors, for the rest of the season. Go Illini

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:39 PM   #20
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I won't bother to go check, but I presume those of you praising Coach Groce for his vigorous support of DJ were not among the many posters around here who were calling for DJ to sit not so long ago...



Those of us who were defending DJ back then felt a little lonely.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:39 PM   #21
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The individual skill improvements of DJ and the rest of the team from last year and through the season have been astounding. The ball handling of the entire has improved dramatically, but probably none more than DJ...although TA is close.

Compare DJ, TA, BP, even MH and TG in the game vs. Purdue and they look like entirely different players than last year...even vs earlier this season.

DJ has the ability to create his own shot for the first time in his career. BP and TA now keep the ball much lower bringing the ball up versus pressure. They don't even look like the same players. TG and MH both took the ball successfully through traffic to the hoop against Purdue.

This staff has really drilled fundamentals and the players must continue to work on their own because the improvement has continued during the season. Groce preaches getting a little better every day, and clearly this group has bought into the premise...as a team and in individual skills. Most successful teams get better at playing together as the season progresses, but I honestly don't remember a team that I have followed closely improving their individual skills as much as this team has as the season progressed.

Regardless of how this team finishes the year, I am extremely impressed with the progression of the players. If I were a recruit, I would be salivating at the opportunity to learn from this staff.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:51 PM   #22
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DJ is definitely locked in which has helped build his confidence - congratulations to him - I hope he keeps it going. He probably has loftier goals beyond graduation that hopefully will work out for the best, but for now, it's one game at a time. Eventually, that PIA pipeline will open up again to attract a top point guard or two in the future.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 06:15 PM   #23
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IMO, BP3 is not really in a "slump" per se. He had a fantastic start to the season and aside from his great game at Gonzaga has simply regressed back to the mean. He's still playing better than last season, and more consistently. If you chart his offensive efficiency, he's been pretty constant since late November. And it's also clear that his efficiency is tied directly to his shot (and shot selection).
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 09:45 PM   #24
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I won't bother to go check, but I presume those of you praising Coach Groce for his vigorous support of DJ were not among the many posters around here who were calling for DJ to sit not so long ago...



Those of us who were defending DJ back then felt a little lonely.
I think you are probably correct, for the most part. I know I for one never specifically called for DJ to sit, but after I went to the WI game at the AH, I said I was really disappointed in all of our seniors, and I was ready for them to be gone and looking forward to our new class coming in. Kudos to you and the few who stood by DJ, Illini70math. You were right; I should have trusted in Groce. Mea culpa. I won't let it happen again. Go Illini

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I think you are probably correct, for the most part. I know I for one never specifically called for DJ to sit, but after I went to the WI game at the AH, I said I was really disappointed in all of our seniors, and I was ready for them to be gone and looking forward to our new class coming in. Kudos to you and the few who stood by DJ, Illini70math. You were right; I should have trusted in Groce. Mea culpa. I won't let it happen again. Go Illini
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