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    Pregame: Illinois vs Northwestern, Sunday, March 3rd, 5:30pm CT, BTN

    Or this one, where we opened the game with four straight threes and led 43-18 with a minute left in the first half. The second of those threes came off a loose ball that Hill chased down, barely saved at the baseline to Rice, who passed it back to Hill in the corner for the three.
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    Purdue 73, Illinois 56 POSTGAME

    No one in double figures and Giorgi's fewest points since November. Oh well. We'll have better games.
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    Game Thread: Illinois at Purdue

    Missed 13 of our last 14 3P attempts and only down by five? Not horrible.
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    Illinois 99, Rutgers 94 OT POSTGAME

    Thanks for that. I had to find the box score. What's crazy is that even beyond those players you mention, two other players combined for over 50 points. And the guy that scored 50 had 44 field goal attempts.
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    Pregame: Illinois at Ohio State, Thursday, February 14th, 6:00pm CT, ESPN2

    Yeah, I was wrong on Missouri and edited my post. Georgetown (NET 78) is still barely Q3, though. From this article: Quadrant 1: Home 1-30, Neutral 1-50, Away 1-75 Quadrant 2: Home 31-75, Neutral 51-100, Away 76-135 Quadrant 3: Home 76-160, Neutral 101-200, Away 135-240 Quadrant 4: Home...
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    Pregame: Illinois at Ohio State, Thursday, February 14th, 6:00pm CT, ESPN2

    The Georgetown and Xavier losses are currently Q3.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Michigan State, Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00pm CT, ESPN2

    The stats suggest Illinois has been better than Michigan St. over the past three games. I think that's where the optimism comes from. If both teams play as they have recently, it's not unreasonable to expect Illinois has a chance to win.
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Wisconsin

    Two fouls on Happ.
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Wisconsin

    They can't shoot 100% forever.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 23rd, 8:00pm CT, BTN

    Not sure which location you're referring to, but just so you know, the location on Kirby near Neil closed a few years ago.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 23rd, 8:00pm CT, BTN

    At 49%, it looks like Happ has the second-worst FT% of all players 6'7" or taller in the B10. And he's at 42% in 2019. Hack-a-Happ?
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    Basketball Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

    Going by KenPom numbers, 2015-2016 was worse. At this point three years ago, we were ranked 120th. We finished the season ranked 125th, with an adjusted efficiency margin of +3.91. We're currently ranked 113th with an EM of +5.55. The B10 is much tougher this year than it was in 2015-2016, and...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Missouri, Saturday, December 22nd, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    Looking at his stats, he's very comparable to Aaron Jordan. Good defensive rebounder, low turnover rate, high offensive rating, and shoots often and well from three, usually assisted. Most notably, they both play a lot of minutes but have the lowest usage of all starters. Aaron Jordan has been...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Iowa State, Tuesday, November 20th, 4:00pm CT, ESPN2

    T-Rank is a similar computer model based on per-possession efficiency. It has us at 34, Iowa St. at 31, San Diego St. at 41, and Xavier at 48. Both models are still using preseason projections; I expect the difference is the degree to which previous season results are factored in. I don't know...
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    Illini Basketball 2018-2019

    I'd be surprised to see Kane start at the beginning of the season after missing the summer.