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  1. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread

    As a counterpoint, I think that his hire of Phil Martelli separates him from the other guys on your list. It's a signal that he both knows his limitations as a game coach at this point of his career, and also that he might be willing to check his ego and get help where he needs it. The latter...
  2. dbeverly26

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    The further move away from teams taking long 2's is a big part of why I think that space will be opened up on the inside as a result of this change. The other thing is that I don't think there's a material difference in the way teams guard a guy who hits 33% of his threes as opposed to 35%...
  3. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (May 2019)

    It's almost like top-tier kids are focused on going to the NBA, and playing for someone who's been there is somehow attractive. I fully expect Fred Hoiberg to be a pain in our semprini for as long as he sticks it out in Lincoln.
  4. dbeverly26

    Illini Football 2019

    Wait, this guy?
  5. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    My first thought was Joe Weiskamp, lol. How about Darrell Brown from Bradley? Seems redundant with Frazier, but whatever.
  6. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    That is the question, and God bless the person willing to put in the effort to finding out. What I will say is that if you have a relatively high washout rate -- say, half of the guys ranked 31-100 hit and the other half don't -- you can have pretty wild swings in what looks like relative...
  7. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    Those misses do happen everywhere! So frequently, I think, that it begs the question of how good the RSCI rating is as a method of evaluating talent, which is the core of my 'argument.' Myke Henry is one of the bigger head-scratchers I can recall. I don't think that he even did all that great...
  8. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    I disagree on Underwood's first season, but I guess you knew that already. As for the rest of it, I'm not sure I see the point of getting angry about a more optimistic point of view. You're right that the games need to be played, and you're right that we're entering put up or shut up...
  9. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    I can understand that point of view, and there's definitely something there with respect to talent retention. Losing guys like Nunn, Richmond, and Black definitely hurt this team. I'm not sure how much that has to do with the various coaching staffs that were in charge during those years, but...
  10. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    I mean, is that attitude coming from anywhere but inside your head? I think that it's totally reasonable to come to the conclusion that a coach who inherited a cupboard that was largely empty deserves some slack as we enter his third year. And that's not based on the guys who are coming in...
  11. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    As data goes, the RSCI is pretty much pre-Copernican.
  12. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2019)

    Even if you're willing to accept that recruiting rankings are a better indicator of talent than eventual high-major NCAA performance (and I'm not), how much talent is actually there? If you narrow it down to the past ten years and look at HS classes of '09 through '18, there are 16 players on...
  13. dbeverly26

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    That all depends on who TJ Holyfield really is. If he can do what he did two years ago at SFA -- hit north of 40% from three and finish around the rim while being able to both guard the perimeter and provide competent rim protection when he has to rotate to the basket -- he's definitely a...
  14. dbeverly26

    Elite Eight Games

    I watched this game in a room full of screaming kids so may have missed something, but didn’t UVA tip the ball into the backcourt at the end of regulation? Or did I miss something there?
  15. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2019)

    Feliz isn’t burning the nets but he’s been effective anyway. Hopefully Freeman can make a leap if he comes. Either way I think he can contribute.
  16. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2019)

    I think it’s important to take a PG/CG guy in this class. You probably lose two after next year, and even if you can count on getting a couple of guys like Miller or Burnett, having a guy who isn’t a freshman and knows the system is still a good idea. Freeman might not be a big splash, but he...
  17. dbeverly26

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    That would sure solve the length issue. I think that Trent would benefit from running the point with a lineup like that, he seemed to struggle against larger defenders. If you have a taller guy at the 2 and 3, it's tougher to defend Trent with size. I'm hopeful that Samba will develop, but...
  18. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2019)

    "Portal GIF" returns some pretty entertaining results...
  19. dbeverly26

    Illini Basketball 2019-2020

    I think that playing much of the season with an undersized 3 hurt us on defense, maybe not as much as our lack of size in the post but more than folks might think. If you’re gonna extend your defense and trap, it’s way more difficult to pass out of it if you have a long 6’7” guy coming at you...
  20. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2019)

    If I had to sit for three years behind a guy named Dererk, I'd leave too. I'm assuming that Collins' agent is furiously calling every NBA front office trying to line up an assistant gig. Northwestern basketball is back...
  21. dbeverly26

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2019)

    Ebo announced in early June, though it seemed to catch everyone by surprise since it was unusually late in the cycle. I wouldn't expect a similarly-timed announcement this year (though to be fair, we didn't expect it last year, either).
  22. dbeverly26

    2018-2019 Post Mortem

    Yep. The league itself made a jump in AEM from '18 to '19 that was roughly equal in size as the gap between this year's AAC and MAC -- the difference between a near-power conference and a decidedly mid-major one. Nearly every team returned a substantial part of its core save for Illinois and...
  23. dbeverly26

    2018-2019 Post Mortem

    83rd, if that wasn't a rhetorical question. But we were as low as 113 (after the first two B1G games) and as high as 62 (after the loss in Madison). The last IU loss alone dropped us 15 spots.