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  1. Swamp Donkey

    I was Wrong Thread; Now I'm a Believer

    What did Frazier’s uncle say?
  2. Swamp Donkey

    I was Wrong Thread; Now I'm a Believer

    Hi my name is Swamp donkey and I was a doubter. I went to the UNLV and Florida Atlantic game and left both wondering where this was headed. I became an official believer after Minnesota game. I was a little early on becoming a believer!
  3. Swamp Donkey

    B1G Next Year

    I don’t think in any way that we will compete for the Big Ten title next year but I expect to have an upper half finish and for the team to be the team that everyone hates to play!
  4. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois 79, Michigan State 74 POSTGAME

    it is a lot more fun around here when we win! “Winning it is just so much better than losing” Nuke Laloosh
  5. Swamp Donkey

    Pregame: Illinois vs Michigan State, Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00pm CT, ESPN2

    As long as we compete and continue to show the growth of this team I will be happy win or lose! The identity the program has started to establish has got the BIG talking and they are on their heels!
  6. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois 78, Maryland 67 POSTGAME

    It is what auto correct went too when I was fumbling for the spelling🤫sorry!
  7. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois 78, Maryland 67 POSTGAME

    Not directed at anyone! I am sorry if you took it that way. It is more of a general statement. It is also to remind myself😂!
  8. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois 78, Maryland 67 POSTGAME

    For those clambering for more minutes or less minutes for certain players, you have to Remember a coach sees so much more of the puzzle than we do as casual fans. Trust the process! Coach has to let players lose minutes and he has to make younger players learn what it takes to earn minutes. This...
  9. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois 78, Maryland 67 POSTGAME

    I have been saying since early December that Tev looked like a difference maker. Glad to see him break out and prove it!
  10. Swamp Donkey

    Iowa 95, Illinois 71 POSTGAME

    You and I are somewhat in agreement! We do need development but we need to add more recruits that have tools to work with. Problem with last several teams is that if players do not possess raw skills it is impossible to develop what is Not there!
  11. Swamp Donkey

    Iowa 95, Illinois 71 POSTGAME

    I have noticed that rarely, if at all, are both guards hot at same time. Could they have a hard time coexisting right now? I mean that in a good way because I know they are very tight. It was easy last year because Trent was the only star
  12. Swamp Donkey

    Iowa 95, Illinois 71 POSTGAME

    May be extreme but compare the talent of this team to any team that has competed for a BIG title. You could only label 3-4 guys as “yes they belong.” In a few years we will have many more!
  13. Swamp Donkey

    Iowa 95, Illinois 71 POSTGAME

    I am just saying that to build a team like we all want, we need to subtract a few pieces and add a few more. It really isn’t that far away. I finally see a culture and I have not seen that in 13 years!
  14. Swamp Donkey

    Iowa 95, Illinois 71 POSTGAME

    Still all in! The team was still fighting with 3 min to go...4-5 pieces do not belong and 3-4 are still on bubble on whether they belong! Give it time because the cream is rising!
  15. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois 95, Minnesota 68 POSTGAME

    I have woke from my Illini win inebriation and I am standing by my proclamation of being all in on BU! Last night I believe we had one of those moments described in “Field of Dreams” where the universe opens itself up for us to see all that is good..... We saw a system that works when all the...
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    Illinois 95, Minnesota 68 POSTGAME

    Before I say this, I know it is easy to declare after a blowout, but I am all in on BU! I saw what I needed to see. A coach that can have a team buy in and keep working, especially after the demoralizing start of the season we had, is a winner! He answered the question of whether he was too...
  17. Swamp Donkey

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Minnesota

    This is what it look like when it works!
  18. Swamp Donkey

    Florida Atlantic 73, Illinois 71 OT POSTGAME

    I am always pro coach and I am not sure a move is needed but on the other hand I am not sure it isn’t needed. What I witnessed in Champaign today was embarrassing! Team played with lack of fire for first 38 minutes that is alarming!
  19. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

    another huge reason why we haven’t been to Chicago much is that we are so far behind in 2019 that we aren’t focusing on 20,21 and 22. Chicago doesn’t have our needs for “19”
  20. Swamp Donkey

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

    In no way am I advocating for this player because he seems like a poor man’s “Brett Chastain” but I do have to point out that Max Preps is a horrible prognosticator of talent. The whole premise of the site is to rely on coaches entering information after every game. From experience I used to do...
  21. Swamp Donkey

    Illini Basketball 2018-2019

    Posted this in game thread but more apropos here: This team has a bunch of glue for the project but not enough pieces to make it work....personally I am in corner of Tevian as a potential “gem” if he can ever get out of doghouse and learn college game.