Illini Basketball 2018-2019

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Lindy's names Ayo to preseason Third-Team All Big10. Seems like a stretch, but cheers to him having a terrific freshman campaign.
He's a top 30ish freshman (who took a tumble late, was a consensus 5*) who's playing on a team with hardly any other offensive options. Not saying he ends up being a 3rd teamer, but there's no reason to discount him based on talent or really situation, though the argument could be made a better team might let him shine more, but I think volume will overcome teammate deficiencies in his case.
 
He's a top 30ish freshman (who took a tumble late, was a consensus 5*) who's playing on a team with hardly any other offensive options. Not saying he ends up being a 3rd teamer, but there's no reason to discount him based on talent or really situation, though the argument could be made a better team might let him shine more, but I think volume will overcome teammate deficiencies in his case.
Is this really the case? I feel like our defense and the ability to guard the post is our glaring weakness. I feel we look alright on the offensive side. TF and EL G, good shooting options, Kip can score.
 
Is this really the case? I feel like our defense and the ability to guard the post is our glaring weakness. I feel we look alright on the offensive side. TF and EL G, good shooting options, Kip can score.
I do not believe this is the case. Not a lot of questions on offense, just defense IMO. I am hoping for a ton of assists this year.
 
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Is this really the case? I feel like our defense and the ability to guard the post is our glaring weakness. I feel we look alright on the offensive side. TF and EL G, good shooting options, Kip can score.
Agree- no idea where that no other options statement could come from.
 
Agree- no idea where that no other options statement could come from.
Well I said hardly, which basically means there are two guys who have proven to be reliable volume scorers on the team--TF and Kipper and the latter has been about as Jekyll and Hyde as anyone could be. You can make a case for Feliz, but I'm still tempering offensive expectations out of any lower level transfer.

I brought it up because teams like MSU and Michigan have three or four guys who have proven track records. When you return 4 guys, you never know whos gonna step up and be an offensive threat.
 
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Well I said hardly, which basically means there are two guys who have proven to be reliable volume scorers on the team--TF and Kipper and the latter has been about as Jekyll and Hyde as anyone could be. You can make a case for Feliz, but I'm still tempering offensive expectations out of any lower level transfer.

I brought it up because teams like MSU and Michigan have three or four guys who have proven track records. When you return 4 guys, you never know whos gonna step up and be an offensive threat.
Fair enough - I just think, unlike last year, we should be able to have 4 scorers on the floor at all times this year - our weak spot, until proven, is what we can score at the 5 but we shouldn't be in a TJL / Ebo combo that allows a tight coverage on someone like AJ - or allows teams to pack it in. I am hoping the offensive scheme can help the 5 be more productive this year - of course hope is not a plan, but just looking at the roster, we have better shooting this year, and one more year of experience for some in the offense.
 
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Thought this was a very interesting image. Underwood showing up prominently on this scatter plot: above average offense but just average defense during his coaching career.
That is a very interesting chart. Position on this is a combination of both the system and the talent of the athlete executing the system. Even with a lot of freshmen this year, I expect improvement in both because of a year of experience with returning players, and better athleticism in the new players.
 
Did anybody go to that open practice lady Saturday? I did, I'm afraid the preseason polls might be right. Players not engaged, mistakes on basic fundamentals of underwood offense and defense.
 
Did anybody go to that open practice lady Saturday? I did, I'm afraid the preseason polls might be right. Players not engaged, mistakes on basic fundamentals of underwood offense and defense.
Once again- new to the thread as a poster, but I have been following for years. Need a “Dislike” button.

“Not engaged”....???
 
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Some of those were pretty weak. I will assume they have been asked by BU to be super aggressive on the whistles to drive the point across.
Yep... better now in practice than later during the games. Those refs aren't at practice to swallow their whistle.
 
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