Hmmm, you didn't see the game, but feel you can critique it? It's not early season, it's preseason, there is a big difference in how games are managed by the staff. What were your expectations before this game? Did you post a prediction in the season prediction thread? The game was sold out, it was a good crowd, lots of Illini fans.So typical of this board to try and rationalize a really ugly early season performance. Just like how people said we had a shot at a bowl game after we barely beat Ball State in football. Don't get me wrong, I think we'll get better over time. But this loss is disappointing and my expectations for the season definitely went down because of it. Hope I'm wrong and this was just a fluke.
Also, I didn't see the game but what was the crowd like? A rowdy away crowd definitely could have been the difference for a young team.
Exhibitions do not mean much, but the concern with this team is not youth IMO. I think our young guards will get much better, I think we will be solid. My concern is that we do not have much in the frontcourt, not a lot of production and not enough depth to go through the entire B10 season. These two deficiencies have nothing do with youth.A rowdy away crowd definitely could have been the difference for a young team.
This was not a decent team that they lost to. It was a team that won’t even be in conversation for the 3rd tier postseason tournament. With that said, it is early and I fully expect the team to show improvement as the season goes on. We are most likely not an NCAA tournament team this year and with what we have returning we should not expect to be. The goal this year should be to create an identity and blaze a path for the future.cliche, but it is what it is. An exhibition game loss against a decent team. These guys have a ways to go to get an identity. Not terribly concerned, to be honest. And the schedule is weak so we will have an early season margin for error in many contests. Hoping we get established before we have difficult games, but time will tell. Lotta problems with this team are fixable IMO.
regardles of "decent" or not....this is a great learning opportunity and I think it will help save us one or two lapses down the line.This was not a decent team that they lost to. It was a team that won’t even be in conversation for the 3rd tier postseason tournament. With that said, it is early and I fully expect the team to show improvement as the season goes on. We are most likely not an NCAA tournament team this year and with what we have returning we should not expect to be. The goal this year should be to create an identity and blaze a path for the future.
I think someone mentioned in the post game interview that AJ got about 7 minutes. It was kind of a statement/question in that he wanted to know if AJ would get more in the next game. BU said something along the lines of, "maybe". And I thought I heard or read that Spicy G got 5 and MV got 1.Did Spicey G or Aaron Jordan get a lot of playing time?
I propose a new moniker for some of the participants in the loyalty forums... Sky-Clubbers (as in "the sky is falling")I think it's even more typical of the board to immediately self destruct over an exhibition game loss
*raises hand*For anyone who cares...
That’s just defensive breakdown unfortunately. Our defense is supposed to force anything but straight line passes to screw up offensive rhythm and give our guys time to recover from their aggressive off ball defense to their man. If a team shoots 50% from 3, it’s because they were taking “warmup jumpers” where they felt so in rhythm and uncontested it’s like pregame warmups.Impressive that Williams started. It's hard to stop the state school's little brother in the biggest game of their season when they are shooting 54% and 52% from the 3.
If Illini fans are over-reacting to this loss, they shouldn't be. Underwood and his staff now know what to fix and improve to get better. This is a young team that is still finding a leader.