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  1. ChuckM

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2019)

    I don't think Missouri has any interest in Gordon. Last year he took a blindsided cheap shot after a play on 2019 Missouri recruit Mario McKinney while Martin was in attendance.
  2. ChuckM

    Florida Atlantic 73, Illinois 71 OT POSTGAME

    The last line was just a statement in general and not really meant towards you. And part of the problem with this years strength of schedule is the Big Ten wanting more money for the extra 2 conference games.
  3. ChuckM

    Florida Atlantic 73, Illinois 71 OT POSTGAME

    So 0 and 3 against teams ranked 18 - 36, ok. 0 and 4 against teams ranked 51 and 124 on neutral or away games? Not so good. 1 and 1 against teams ranked 105 and 116 at home? Yikes And then 3 and 1 against teams ranked 173 to 330 at home? And UNLV by 3? So if you think the strength of...
  4. ChuckM

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (November-December 2018)

    Maybe, but why bring him there at this time then? Underwood and his staff knew this was during break right? Where was the team at and his buddy Griffin? Where were his posts before this one where he was saying what a great visit he was having?
  5. ChuckM

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Florida Atlantic

    Took 26:30 for the bench to score.
  6. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    Yes there is room for disagreement, I agree. But like I said earlier, when a guy picks up 2 fouls in the first 2:30 he's going to be sitting for a while. If not he can't keep playing at the same intensity as he normally does and has to back off. And like I said if the guy stayed out there then...
  7. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    Yes sometimes they are playing towards the end of the first half with 2 fouls if the team is needs a boost from them. But when you get 2 fouls in the first 2: 28 seconds you have to sit for awhile. Which he did. He did come back in towards the end of the first half. I know he was in there with...
  8. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    I already told you, you can't play as aggressive. You have to back off. The other team also knows you are in foul trouble so the smart thing for them to do is to drive on that guy and watch him back off and let you score easy buckets. This isn't unique to Underwood. It's what every coach does...
  9. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    That's fair and you are probably right about the stat I used but we are also both kind of saying the same thing. Maybe it is personnel or maybe it's defensive scheme or a combination of both but I don't think Smith was/is as bad a defender as many believe he is/was. Regardless which it is the...
  10. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    It's not all about fouling out. If he would have stayed in after picking up 2 fouls in less than 5 minutes he would have had to back off the rest of the half and not played aggressively. If he picked up his 3rd foul in the first half then ithe same would be said for how he played in the second...
  11. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    I'm not sure M. Smith was as bad a defender as many think he was. I'm thinking it had a lot to do with Underwood's defense instead. According to defensive ratings when you compare his rating to last year they are worlds apart. (108.8 to 96.1) Frazier's is 104.6, Ayo - 102.4, Kipper - 105.5...
  12. ChuckM

    Missouri 79, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

    Right or wrong the thinking was Underwood was a winner and winning games right off the bat would make him a good recruiter for a team like Illinois. I live in the St. Louis area and very seldom is the Illini coaching staff around here. You're not going to recruit the area well like that. C...
  13. ChuckM

    Pregame: Illinois vs Missouri, Saturday, December 22nd, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    Paul Finebaum (ESPN) was the first to report it.
  14. ChuckM

    Pregame: Illinois vs Missouri, Saturday, December 22nd, 7:00pm CT, BTN

    I hear this a lot but can you explain what this actually means? Does every game pretty much come down to this or just some of them? Did the Illini only "want it more" for 4 games so far this year? If they happen to lose do you question the leadership and actually all players on the team for not...
  15. ChuckM

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Ohio State

    Man o Man, that sure doesn't look good.
  16. ChuckM

    Nebraska 75, Illinois 60 POSTGAME

    So don't have team rules and let the players run the team? That sounds like a plan that can't go wrong.
  17. ChuckM

    Pregame: Illinois vs Gonzaga, Monday, November 19th, 10:30pm CT, ESPN2

    No, he's the kid who looks at who is picked to be the best team and then goes out and buys that jersey and tells everyone he's been a fan of theirs for years. He had to hang his Nova jersey up for now.
  18. ChuckM

    11/18 Games

    Today should be a good day to see what he can do against Kansas State too.
  19. ChuckM

    11/18 Games

    K State beat Pennsylvania Quakers 64 to 48 but it was actually a lot closer than that until the last 6 or 7 minutes. They don't look anything like a #12 ranked team to me so far this year
  20. ChuckM

    11/18 Games

    That's Mitchell Smith. Mark had 6 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes. The refs in that game were calling anything and everything. 4 players fouled out of the game and 2 more had 4 fouls.
  21. ChuckM

    11/18 Games

    He's played a solid defense also. After 4 games he's shooting 47% from the floor (16 of 34) and 50% from 3 point range (11 of 22).
  22. ChuckM

    FBI College Basketball Corruption Investigation

    There is a way for everyone to be happy except a few individuals if they really want to try to get the corruption under control at least a little bit. Let the schools go this one time but suspend all coaches (head coach and assistants) for a certain amount of YEARS from coaching. Doesn't matter...
  23. ChuckM

    11/15 Games

    Creighton giving Ohio State a good game. 53 - 53 with 6:30 left.
  24. ChuckM

    FBI College Basketball Corruption Investigation

    Which is why if the NCAA doesn't come down extremely hard on these schools then everyone should start paying High School kids because it obviously does pay to cheat sometimes.