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    Pregame: Illinois vs North Carolina A&T, Wednesday, November 25th, 1:00pm CT, BTN

    I can't believe tomorrow starts the journey to the Final Four just like back in '89! I have submitted for my poster cutout in my Flyin' Illini t-shirt so I hope to see my ugly mug somewhere along the baseline. While I'm sure we will run into several Covid related obstacles, I hope we all cherish...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2020)

    Any possibility with Paul Atkinson? Grad transfer from Yale and Co-Player of Year in Ivy League. 6’10” & 220 lbs. over 17 pts and 7 rebounds per game. Also shoots 63% from the field. Supposedly would have 1 yr to play.
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    Transfers Thread

    While I was really looking forward to watching AG continue to develop, I would be more than happy to welcome Mr. Fitts to the party. Nice stroke, dribbles well, good mix of inside and out, solid passing, aggressive defense and bonus shot blocking ability. Could be a lot of fun to watch! :shield:
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    NCAA Tournament Simulation

    Wow, that was a lot closer than it should have been. Here are my takeaways: The Illini faithful traveled well and were loud! I feel it was a slight advantage to play in a Nebraska gym that we have played in before. I think TJ is gone if he is losing minutes to Higgs! Giorgi is back! Something...
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    Ohio State 71, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    :shield: Solid post. Trent is struggling for several reasons and I hope he works through it but I am more concerned about Giorgi. He is almost guaranteed to commit a foolish illegal screen call within the first 5 minutes he's in the game. The referees are almost looking for him to make a...
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    3/3 Games

    And to make it even more beautiful, it was his punk a$$ son that didn’t get the call! I’m so happy right now it’s tough to put into words ... go Boilers!!!:shield:
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    Illinois 71, Nebraska 59 POSTGAME

    While I wish that we looked a bit sharper on offense, a win is a win! Ayo and AG looked really solid but I am really concerned with Giorgi. This was the perfect game for him to gain confidence and he actually regressed. It was like he was shooting blindfolded. And defensively, he really...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (February 2020)

    How long has it been since we would have made a comment Iike that???:shield:
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    Illinois 62, Penn State 56 POSTGAME

    What a great win for our program! While it is tough to see Giorgi struggle as much as he is, it was incredible to watch Ayo come back and play as hard as he did! Dre was a warrior, AG's energy was off the chart (again) and DMW's ability to frustrate the crap out of Stevens was amazing. With...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (February 2020)

    I’m not sure I saw him hit the rim! Can we suit him up on Friday?:shield:
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2020)

    Can't wait to see a year from now after Fletch puts about 20 lbs on him. Look what he did with Kofi! This kid could be a lot of fun to watch! :shield:
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    Illinois 59, Minnesota 51 POSTGAME

    One of the sweetest "ugly" wins in a while. Great to see Kofi bang with Oturo and show emotion. He will need it against Garza! While Ayo didn't score a bunch, he controlled the game at critical moments with his isolation. While I have voiced my frustration with DMW this year, there is no denying...
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    Illinois 64, Michigan 62 POSTGAME

    Time for a gut check! There should be little doubt even by the most "the sky is falling" folks on this forum that we have finally learned how to win! If you were to say that we had to play at U of M, with Livers coming back and that we would be out-rebounded (37 to 34), have more turnovers (8 to...
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    Illinois 54, Rutgers 51 POSTGAME

    I hadn't been back to U of I since '89 and I could not believe how things have changed. I didn't even recognize Green Street and KAM's has been moved! The State Farm Center is fantastic and I'm sure it can get crazy when the students are in the building. As for the game, I can't remember ever...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Rutgers, Saturday, January 11th, 11:00am CT, BTN

    I graduated in '89 and was a section leader for Orange Crush. It was a magical season that I will always remember! One of my favorite memories aside from all of the wins was when Jud Heathcoate (MS coach before Izzo) went crazy after a call, grabbed the ball, slammed it down and it came right...