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    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    The argument was made that BW and Co developed bigs well, and Tisdale was mentioned as a case in point for good development. I disagreed, in that altho he got better, in his final year he still was only OK on the things he really needed to do as a post guy, namely hold the position, rebound and...
  2. NV Illini 74

    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    Of course. My point is that Jabbar was way skinnier at 230 pounds, yet had plenty of strength to hold the post. Why couldn't Tizzy at 260? Skills and development would seem to be a big part of the answer. I agree Tizzy improved from year to year. No question. But I expected a lot better finished...
  3. NV Illini 74

    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    So, you are making my point, then? Actually, Jabbar only weighed 225-230, so how he held the post when Tizzy couldn't would seem to be an even more reasonable question no? Once you stop laughing, I mean.
  4. NV Illini 74

    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    All of the above developed much less than they should have, IMO. Pruitt was a disaster. All he could do is bull his way around in the post. Almost every feed could have been dunked and he always chose the bunny shot.... and MISSED, or worse yet, got BLOCKED. Kick it out when cover? What does...
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    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    ML had the european tour last year. He said he learned tons about being a better big, and it showed. Based on that, I would suspect (but not be sure) that BW's big training was significantly lacking. Tizzy came along pretty well for a beanpole, but Pruitt refused to dunk and couldn't shoot the...
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    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    I think you are underestimating Griffey. I re-watched the BTT game vs Iowa last night, and Griffey was reasonably solid on D. Sadly, he got some phantom fouls called on him and when he came out, Egwu stepped in and that is when Iowa passed us by. Egwu was a disaster in that game; he really needs...
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    2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule: Georgia Tech at Illinois

    Tue, Nov 27 North Carolina at Indiana NC State at Michigan Minnesota at Florida State Maryland at Northwestern Iowa at Virginia Tech Nebraska at Wake Forest Wed, Nov 28 Ohio State at Duke Virginia at Wisconsin Michigan State at Miami Purdue at Clemson Georgia Tech at Illinois Boston College at...
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    2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule: Georgia Tech at Illinois

    Given IU only loses VJ3 and Roth, I think they could likely dominate UNC, and are likely the biggest lock of all the games. UNC loses Ty Zeller, Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall plus 4 other seniors from this year's team. Whatever parts they have left, plus coming in, will...
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    Graduation Weekend

    Does this mean hoops practices are over, until the summer school session starts? If so, I wonder if recruits coming on campus (like Bates-Diop today) will be able to scrimmage with our current players, and/or even meet them.
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    2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule: Georgia Tech at Illinois

    Tue, Nov 27 North Carolina at Indiana NC State at Michigan Minnesota at Florida State Maryland at Northwestern Iowa at Virginia Tech Nebraska at Wake Forest Wed, Nov 28 Ohio State at Duke Virginia at Wisconsin Michigan State at Miami Purdue at Clemson Georgia Tech at Illinois Boston College at...
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    2011-12 Illini Tennis Thread - Men's team wins Big Ten title

    Here's the bracket. Looks like the next Illini match is next Fri. May 18 vs winner of today's TxAM vs #1 USC match. http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/tennis-men/d1 GO ILLINI ! ! ! ! PS: What happened to OSU? Did they not make the tournament, or did they get ousted already?
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    Illinois vs Auburn at the United Center, Saturday, December 29th

    We better play better against Auburn than we did against UIC and UNLV or we might not be INVITED to play there, let alone have to worry about selling it out!
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    Illinois vs Auburn at the United Center, Saturday, December 29th

    Bo Jackson lives in Chicago now. Ought to comp him some tickets behind the Auburn bench so he gets in the TV picture. If you ever get a chance to see the Biography show on Bo, WOW. What an amazing athlete.
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    Julius Mays transfers to Kentucky

    HEY! None of that talk. Time for some refreshment for you!
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    Julius Mays transfers to Kentucky

    This is an absolute no-brainer. He'd quite possibly get 10-15 mpg next year.
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    Tulsa's Jordan Clarkson transfers to Missouri

    Probably had a problem getting through the TSA and said: "#$%^-it, I'm going to Mizzou!" :laugh:
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    Jerrance Howard and Crandall Head to SMU

    I wonder if Brown will delegate Josiah's babysitting to Jerrance? :eek: Arizona transfer Josiah Turner lands with Larry Brown at SMU http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/18960979/arizona-transfer-josiah-turner-lands-with-larry-brown-at-smu Turner had a...
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    Transfers

    I don't know if I read or assumed she was dying, but that's the point; the kid states he's leaving ASU to be closer to mom and ends up still 5 hours away. He was leveraging his graduation to get the heck out, but kept everyone looking good by using the "closer to mom" thing. In spite of my...
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    Transfers

    Sheesh GHD, you're supposed to let someone else swallow the hook... ;) In any even, if my mom was dying of cancer in Minny and I had to be close to her, I'd be playing for Minny, or LaCross, not 5 hours away in Milwaukee.
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    Transfers

    Good get for Marquette (formerly noble) Warriers now (effeminate) Golden Eagles ASU's Trent Lockett to transfer http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7895326/arizona-state-sun-devils-leading-scorer-trent-lockett-transfer-marquette-golden-eagles He's leaving Arizona State to be...
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    John Groce's 2012-2013 Illinois basketball team

    Did Griffey ever play the 5 this past year? I don't recall. I think JG is going to keep Griffey moving along the baseline, rather than using him in the post, but I could see trying him at 5. Using BP at 3 would be nice, and would seems to be something that would fit JG's style of play, but it...
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    Indiana and Kentucky will not play next season

    Exactly so. The only reason I can see for UK to not want to play IU on UK's home court is if they are pretty sure IU would beat them, and ruin a home winning streak or something like that. Given IU returns most of their team except VJ and Roth, and UK is decimated, you have to figure UK would...
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    Marching Illini to play at Chicago Bears season opener

    That's great news. When I saw them in the Rose Bowl, they were outstanding, and put the USC band to shame.
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    Sam McLaurin transfers to Illinois

    Welcome to the Illini, Sam McLaurin! Glad to have you aboard. Let's go make some NOISE next year! GO ILLINI and LONG LIVE THE CHIEF ! ! ! !
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    Mike LaTulip will join Illinois as a preferred walk-on

    Right now, we have 3 guys covering the PG/SG duties, so LaTulip has a huge opportunity to get some PT. Not saying he will, just that the door is wide open for him.