Big kudos to Coach Underwood and the rest of the staff for the defensive schemes today and offensive side as well. I lot of fans had given up on Underwood, but a game like this along with recent success in recruiting shows that he could really build something at Illinois. But it's not easy to be patient during the turnaround process.
A few observations:
1. Tevian's three point shooting was a key to victory.
2. Our free throw shooting also was a key to victory.
3. Overall hustle was outstanding. Jordan's rebounding and Trent's defense were exemplary.
Just a great TEAM win.
So, I watched the game and was celebrating the win when I turned my computer on to celebrate here with the fanatics and my cpu crashed....it was like it couldn't believe the Illini won ...lol....
I had to do a system repair and system restore but finally got here ....
Flew down to NOLA for the weekend and was very pleasantly surprised when, while ordering a Huge A$$ Beer, I saw the final score on ESPN. They've shown this kind of potential multiple times this year. Let's hope this win signals the turning of the proverbial corner.
We had some really nice answers to multiple Maryland surges.
AJ's offensive rebounds really provided a spark
Feliz hitting a runner after Fernado's monster in-bounds dunk was critical
TFs great defense at the end - steals, feed to Ayo
And of course couldn't be happier for Tev - he looked completely comfortable out there and wanted the spotlight (at MSG for crying out loud!).
PS and Way to go Adonis - keeping Fernando from bulling his way to the basket!
PSS - and congrats to BU for switching up the defense. The zone got out to the three point line shooters so much better.
PSSS - Turgeon - you're a knucklehead - watch the tape and the apologize to your team.
Great game. Excited to see Tevian Jones not only get minutes but, really make a difference. Great to see him making the 3’s but, also impressive how quickly he gets it off. That back door dunk on the feed from Jordan was great too.
A lot of credit to go around in this one especially from the bench. Feliz was strong today and Delarosa had a solid effort too. I thought Ayo, Frazier, Jordan and Giorgi had solid games also.
This game did a lot to help regain my confidence that Underwood can be the guy to turn this around. That confidence has been severely waning as this season has gone along.