Seton hall was without Powell,
To be fair, I believe Powell played all but the last 4 minutes of the first half (injury)...so Rutgers was still handed them the business at that point with him. Rutgers could be very explosive and gets some unexpected conf wins like us this year.
We are getting 51.8 minutes per game from Kofi and Giorgi. Right where most predicted.Most of us thought our guards would be our strength and the best or close to it in the BIG. I did think Giorgi and Kofi would be formidable but no depth behind them and wouldn’t get more than 50-55 mins from the pair. At this point we are getting more mins. and Kipper has been an adequate backup. (Liddell was a bad miss). I wonder what the opposing coaches judge to be their biggest problem, frontcourt or backcourt? Kofi a huge problem unless you can get him in foul trouble.
IMHO, how Tevian is used and progresses forward will have a lot to do with the success of the Illini...Not trying to be Mr. Obvious here, but he has had 2 lengthy suspensions that has impeded his growth ...reports last year during his time off were glowing, IIRC, but little has been stated as far as this year...We need his skills to help make the tourney...I hope BU has a good plan for getting Tevian some meaningful minutes as I believe he has untapped potential as a bb player...The question is will he ever realize that potential and become the player that he can be..
I wondered why a number of people were advocating Jones get more playing time.
His last year stats are prettycomparable to Griffin's
Holding any hope (need) on a twice suspended player (in consecutive years, no less) is not really a good omen.
Where do you see him playing? Backup to Giorgi (Instead of Kipper)? Backup to DaMonte (instead of Alan)? Need the rebounding and defense at the four but Kipper has been better than I expected.I can agree with your point, but I was trying to support my contention how much TJ could improve our hope of a berth in the tourney...He brings skills we are lacking at his position and how he plays could add to our chances...i guess I am hoping with my heart as I am a glass half full type of person....It is up to TJ if he earns the time on the court to add his distinct element of play in a good way....
I think some of it is Tev love and some of it is people looking for a player with his skill set to step up and fill a valuable role on the team. So there's a bit of wishful thinking (including from me) that goes into the desire to see him get more minutes.I have never understood all this Tevian love...IMO, he went off against Maryland last year cause he did not have to guard. I've always thought his D was suspect. Stats are generally offensive, but on one of the defensive stats, steals per 40, only Tyler underwood beat him last year. He might have the physical skills, but his mental skills(choices) may be what is keeping him off the court.