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Old Dec 1, 2017, 10:17 PM   #1
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Illinois vs Maryland
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Old Dec 1, 2017, 11:04 PM   #2
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 12:03 AM   #3
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Was really hoping we weren't going to go 0-3 on our three first real tests, but it's looking that way...

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Old Dec 2, 2017, 04:46 AM   #4
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Maryland by 11.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 07:41 AM   #5
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This team is going to battle. We win or if we lose at home to the Turtles it will be a 1-2 possession game.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 08:30 AM   #6
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Illini really need this win especially at home don't want to start 0-2 in conference play. I think Maryland is the better team but Illini should have opportunity to beat them at home if they play well. Have to cut down their turnovers and limit their fouls if they want to win two things they were not able to do against Wake and Northwestern
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 08:43 AM   #7
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Home cooking after 2 hard fought road battles.

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Old Dec 2, 2017, 09:36 AM   #8
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Short turn-around on this one, better be ready.

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Old Dec 2, 2017, 10:19 AM   #9
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TJL took a big step in NW game as far as aggressiveness and outplayed McIntosh ...Alstork took another leap as far as his overall game....Smith regressed and found less tick....Finke was a non factor....

with that being said I feel the illini will come out with anger over last two games and with home cooking will rally for first BIG win of the season....

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Old Dec 2, 2017, 10:26 AM   #10
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Maryland by 11.
cowan and huerter accounted for over half their points against purdue. Limit them and we will win. two teams on 2L streak. I expect to break our streak with a W.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 01:26 PM   #11
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Their size will be the problem. Huerter could go wild against us.

If we cannot shoot 3s, we cannot compete.

Likely to be another learning process.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 01:37 PM   #12
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Nothing like IlliniLuck to serve us up three consecutive desperate, angry, hungry teams coming off a close loss.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 02:13 PM   #13
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Execution at the end of close games is not just luck. It relates to the ability of in-game coaching.

We have a coach that refuses to call TO to play a set in crunch plays.
So? Where have set plays got us recently? I'm game for a new approach
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 02:17 PM   #14
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Execution at the end of close games is not just luck. It relates to the ability of in-game coaching.

We have a coach that refuses to call TO to play a set in crunch plays.
And then what if the defense comes out of the TO playing some type of zone? How do you think our young team would handle that? Probably the same level of execution as if no TO was taken at all.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 02:19 PM   #15
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Might be a must-win if we still want to have a shot at the tournament. Not much room for error with how weak the Big Ten is looking. Really needed that NW game, if we lose this one too it will be a very uphill battle.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 02:45 PM   #16
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Their size will be the problem. Huerter could go wild against us.

If we cannot shoot 3s, we cannot compete.

Likely to be another learning process.
AJ on Huerter and TJL/DMW on Cowan. We do need to run them hard and wear their starting five down. we are not great...but we are deep and can run successfully if we choose to.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 03:43 PM   #17
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5:05 mark. For all of you wondering about the no late-game timeout

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Old Dec 2, 2017, 04:33 PM   #18
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Execution at the end of close games is not just luck. It relates to the ability of in-game coaching.

We have a coach that refuses to call TO to play a set in crunch plays.
I think this was a misstep too but let's not act like its a calling card of BU's. If and likely when we lose this game and many others this season, it won't be from being poorly coached.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 05:28 PM   #19
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Maryland by 18 in this one.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 07:03 PM   #20
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Please educate me. I don't got no basketball smarts. How do you attack a zone defense? Get down the floor fast before defense can set up? Rely on 3-pointers? I'm sure opponents tried zone against Flying Illini and Dee Brown and Company. Good luck there.
I think speed and crisp passing, both of which those teams had in abundance, is the key.

I was thoroughly impressed by Lucas's performance against Rosemont's team. Fearless. Sorry he missed the free throws.

By the way, I watched the game on BTN. Announcers said location was Evanston and then Chicago. I'd say they weren't prepared; minor leaguers. I turned on 560 AM for Deon and Brian, who I think do a great job. But there was a delay: real time action was ahead of their broadcast. Why?

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Old Dec 2, 2017, 07:24 PM   #21
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I’m sure BU wishes he had more size and skill in the front court to attack the zone in the half court. Traditionally zones were used to mitigate a team’s size advantage; pack in and make them beat you from deep. Ironically we are seeing zones without the front court being our strength. I believe teams are zoning us to mitigate our back court depth, quickness, and athleticism, while taking advantage of our lack of 3 point efficiency. LB is basically our most skilled post player, his footwork, post moves, and short jumpers are top notch; unfortunately he has no 6’10 partner to draw attention and clean the boards. Sure, Funke is that size, but is more of a Euro guy who is more skilled on the perimeter than Block.

You have to either shoot over the zone (we haven’t been great there), cut through the zone, attack and kick to shooters, or attack the grey areas of the zone. I believe BU will continue to implement his offensive strategies to beat the zone, but it’s clear his short time on the job is being exploited.

Personally, I would love to see this team utilize its backcourt strengths by pressing full or 3/4 court, speed the B10 teams up who have more size, less athleticism.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 07:30 PM   #22
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And then what if the defense comes out of the TO playing some type of zone? How do you think our young team would handle that? Probably the same level of execution as if no TO was taken at all.
There's something to be said about taking a TO and setting a play. By cracky, I remember way back in '89 Coach Henson calling one in a game against Indianey.Seems a guy named Bardo threw a beautiful pass (better than many recent Bears' QB
and completed it to a feller by the name of Nick Anderson who sank a 3 for the win. I loved Bobby Knight's reaction at the buzzer.
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 08:10 PM   #23
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The beloved will get dominated on the boards.

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Our Guys. 70
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 08:35 PM   #24
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Vegas says Illinois+2
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Old Dec 2, 2017, 09:00 PM   #25
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Despite any team shortcomings I feel our team has at least personnel potential of BUs SFA teams that won tourney games. there is a learning curve here, and I'm frustrated like others that we are not consistently handling the zone. I feel like we are re- living 15-16 when I see a 5+ minute scoring drought.

Our strength is our bench and conditioning. Whatever we do, I think we should play to that strength.
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