The Big Ten is 5-31 on the road this year. We have one of the 5 W's. We almost had 2.How can a team be so good at home and be just the opposite on the road? I know teams play better at home, but PU is just the opposite. We should have beat Md on the road and beat Wi at their place. Would love to beat Pu at their place.
While true, this also assumes that a team's ability is immutable throughout a season. It's certainly possible that we improve substantially between the two games and the matchup is more even on paper than previously. It's also possible that doesn't happen.Here’s what’s true IMO:
1. MSU is better than we are and outplayed us significantly when we played them at their place, but we can beat them on a good day especially at home and especially if we learn from some of the things that doomed us last time around.
2. Purdue is much much much better at home than on road. Basically two different teams.
Yeah, our road win is against the one team that has picked up two road wins (Wisconsin). We should feel good about that.There have been a lot of 'almosts' from a lot of road teams. I think we can only safely brag about the one we did have (which is still good)!
Which is what Illinois scores by halftime. They should head to the south farms and take aim with practice balls at the broadside of any barn there.Home court in the B1G is apparently worth 20 points.
I don't know about at the time wanting him fired, but the discussion was at hand based on a few lackadaiscal, non energized games and gameplans. Based on previous 2 years, the conversation was warranted imo ( I participated ) and will always be around. Justified or not, just like us at #24 and ranked, justified or not will get talked about. Glad we are ranked again, and glad Ayo has turned it around and proven "WhyNotMe" has been worth it.I'm waiting to hear from them!!
Our last two victories could of easily gone either wayThis is great news and I wonder what the posters who wanted to fire Underwood 10 days ago think.
Tru dat. If the Illini can’t get up to at least 10% shooting, regardless of their rebounding prowess, I can’t believe they’ll win many more games.I don't think the ranking today vindicates anyone. We had bad losses and there was simply no justification to rank us until now. I always felt the potential to be good was there, but hadn't really put it together consistently on either end of the floor. To me, it was turning into another disappointing season (especially after the Miznoz loss but couldn't believe how badly MSU shredded us). At least we can lean on defense now - hopefully we find a way to improve our 3% shooting too. If we do, look out!
Decent rebounding team?Love where we are but this will be a roller coaster season. We are a poor 3 point shooting team but a decent rebounding and good transition team. There will be a lot of nailbiters and wtf games . Hopefully we will come out on top most of the time. We are like a box of chocolates.
Ever watched Ayo play? Granted he wont be here next year, but he drives and finishes more than Feliz.Which is what Illinois scores by halftime. They should head to the south farms and take aim with practice balls at the broadside of any barn there.
I have 2 observations with our low scoring. Underwood sez if we can't hit any 3's, just shoot more 3's.
Geez. Back in the day we shot 2's because there was no 3 point line. And the shooting percentages were a lot higher. Simple statistics. And physics.
Second, the only player for the last 2 seasons who has any cojones is Feliz. Who will drive the lane fearlessly when he leaves the program?
Alaska, you are pretty spot on, we hadI just got around to watching the MSU game for the first time last night. Had put it off until we got a couple of wins and I felt better about the team. Actually liked what I saw overall with the exception of our 3 point shooting. Thought Ayo played well. Thought our defense looked reasonably solid. Maybe it was just due to the fact that the last game against Rutgers was so ugly, that the MSU game didn't look so bad. But we merely looked like a good team having an off night shooting, rather than a team being overwhelmed by a much better team.
Simple statistics bear out, fairly clearly, that the shots worth shooting the most are paint shots (layups, dunks, short pull-ups), 3s and free throws. The days of the long 2 are over, because shooting percentages on those shots are a lot lower, especially when adjusted for the point value of the shot.Back in the day we shot 2's because there was no 3 point line. And the shooting percentages were a lot higher. Simple statistics.