Illinois 71, Nebraska 64 POSTGAME

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Ayo best freshman finisher that I can remember from anywhere and the trio of Trent and Dre is really good. Don't care where this freshman class was ranked, it is the best we've had since Dee, Deron, and James. Ayo and Georgi with similar stats and Tevian with potential. With addition of Kofi and Antwan we solve the size problem and do not see why we shouldn't be in the mix for league leaders. Would like to see us back to favorites on home court always.
I have zero inside information, but after following Illini basketball for 50 years, I'd say that the amount of negative information on January points to us never seeing him in an Illini uniform. Not playing consistently for his high school team, transcript issues, a void on all information really, all lead to doubts about him. Hope I'm dead wrong about this, but he doesn't carry the profile of a recruit of a high major just 8 months before the season begins. Just my two cents.
 
Just finished watching the whole game. I’m always happy with a win, but it definitely left you wanting more. While we continue to improve there are still a lot of holes in our game that we should be better able to overcome with the weaker schedule. I don’t expect any of them to be easy though.

I’d love to see a deep run in the B10 tourney, but the nature of it works against our game I believe. We struggle to play a complete game with full intensity. I just don’t see how they could pull off 3-4 back to back games of it. A few more pieces and another year will go a long way.
 
I’d love to see a deep run in the B10 tourney, but the nature of it works against our game I believe. We struggle to play a complete game with full intensity. I just don’t see how they could pull off 3-4 back to back games of it.
Is this going to be the team that no one wants to play, or will we be the easy team to blow out?
 
Is this going to be the team that no one wants to play, or will we be the easy team to blow out?
Neither? People are saying we’re the best 7-15 team in the country. I’d rather be the worst 15-7 team in the country. We play hard and sometimes we play really well, but aside from Maryland, we aren’t knocking off top ranked teams. Maybe this week will change that.
 
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Neither? People are saying we’re the best 7-15 team in the country. I’d rather be the worst 15-7 team in the country. We play hard and sometimes we play really well, but aside from Maryland, we aren’t knocking off top ranked teams. Maybe this week will change that.
You’d rather be 15-7 Cal St Bakersfield ranked 187 in Kenpom? ;)
 
Can play 20%. I’d guess he’s close to that now, but haven’t looked.
The regularly scheduled season is 31 games, so a player can appear in up to six games and still qualify for a medical redshirt following a season ending injury. I was guessing he was real close to six appearances as well, but it turns out he has been in a total of thirteen games. No form of redshirt is possible.
 
I have zero inside information, but after following Illini basketball for 50 years, I'd say that the amount of negative information on January points to us never seeing him in an Illini uniform. Not playing consistently for his high school team, transcript issues, a void on all information really, all lead to doubts about him. Hope I'm dead wrong about this, but he doesn't carry the profile of a recruit of a high major just 8 months before the season begins. Just my two cents.
Hope you are wrong but probably right. If so we will need Higgs.
 
I'm one of the most optimistic people on this board. But have concerns that January will not make it to campus. Also big guys with pins in their feet never seem to bounce back. Higgs looks heavy, not sure how much we will get out of him next year. Thinking we have a big rotation of Samba, Kofi, and Giorgi. Not ruling out a 5th year transfer big to give us more depth.
 
I'm one of the most optimistic people on this board. But have concerns that January will not make it to campus. Also big guys with pins in their feet never seem to bounce back. Higgs looks heavy, not sure how much we will get out of him next year. Thinking we have a big rotation of Samba, Kofi, and Giorgi. Not ruling out a 5th year transfer big to give us more depth.
Sure like to have January, otherwise just exchanging DeLaRosa for Kofi. Think it will be improvement and Samba will be more experienced but like to be able to play two most of the time and Kofi will have more of a foul problem than Giorgi.
 
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