Ohio State 71, Illinois 63 POSTGAME

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#51
Great second half from Ohio State. Really ratcheted up their defense. For those blaming the officials, is this the first B1G road game you've watched?
Hate to tell you, we had 77 possessions to their 72 and we outshot them from 2-3 sadly enough and were outscored by 15 in the 2nd half...oh by the way we shot 10 FT to their 28. That said I am never a blame it on the ref guy, but tonite we got homered by them.
 
#54
Tough game, tough place to win, move on to the next one. We had a little fools gold in the first half with a couple of Ayo bailouts and some DMW treys. Wasn't feeling great about things because nobody else was involved. That played out fiercely in the final 20.

Liddell definitely the difference. Our bigs got pushed around.
Yea..OSU had 14 offensive boards, several were long rebounds, but those led to points. I know Wesson got a 3 after 1 or 2 offensive rebounds. Just kills you.
 
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#55
Morrison, CO
OSU outrebounded us 16-9 at offensive end. 22 each at defensive end. I refuse to cry over spilled milk. I have not been this excited about Illinois basketball since 2005. Very much looking forward to next year...and this year isn’t even over.
Not crying. Just stating the fact. And I'm right there with you on the excitement. Really like this team and hope it's a good lesson on what happens when you don't take care of the boards. Could serve them very well over the next few weeks.
 
#57
BU relying too much on small lineup. Can't explain his substitution thoughts regarding Kipper and Griffin. I would bet they have some of the best metrics (?) For when they are playing.
Relying too much on a small lineup? GB having three fouls and Kofi having two at the 10 minute mark of the first half is going to cause that. We have no depth in our frontcourt. BU had three options: 1)Go small, 2)roll with Hamlin for extended minutes or 3)Put both back in early and have them play wary of the fact that they couldn't be aggressive.

With a team that shoots the three very poorly, it's pick your poison. OSU took advantage of the foul situation and took us apart on the interior. Happens.
 
#58
Time to let Fraizer and Georgi ride the pine. Get to many minutes and dont contribute at all. Griffin should be starting playing more minutes. Had a bad game tonight. Hell not sure why Tevian doesnt get in the game ? Cant do any worse than Fraizer and Georgi. That being said gotta win Sunday hate Iowa.
 
#59
Iowa City
Damn. That one hurts. A Lot to clean up. A Lot to feel good about.
 
#60
Little Rock, Arkansas
I get the “I was spurned by the Illini so I’ll have my career game against them” ala THT or Javon Pickett. But we WANTED Liddell to come here. Why would playing us get him all hyped up?

What is it about the fact that the Illini were involved in their lives at all make them want to dig deep and play great that other teams don’t have to deal with?

Liddell scored 14 total in his last 3 games, and 17 against us. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
#63
Scottsdale, AZ
Feel like Kofi didn't get a touch in the second half. No one even tried to get the ball into the post.
And he only had one rebound... 1 rebound in 2nd half for all bigs combined (Kofi, GB, and Kipper). How can that happen? Poor effort in my mind.
 
#65
Time to let Fraizer and Georgi ride the pine. Get to many minutes and dont contribute at all. Griffin should be starting playing more minutes. Had a bad game tonight. Hell not sure why Tevian doesnt get in the game ? Cant do any worse than Fraizer and Georgi. That being said gotta win Sunday hate Iowa.
Trents shot volume needs to be swapped with Griffin. Let Griffin start and let Trent come off the bench. Even though Griffin was bad tonight as well, he’s been much better the last few weeks than Trent.
 
#68
You do not beat good teams unless you can put two strong halves together
Average shooting
Unable to get the ball inside
Beat on the offensive glass
Too many careless fouls
Second half looked like early season, poor team basketball.
 
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#69
Kofi looked very lost this game. Hope he gets his head on straight ASAP.
 
#72
Chicagoland
I’m not surprised we lost or disappointed, but still sad. I wasn’t expecting a win but glad our guys Showed some fight especially in that first half.
 
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#74
This team has won 20 games, they'll be in the dance......I'm good. Lol

Seriously, the fact that people are up in arms over us not getting our 13TH conference win is actually a testament to this group.

Down 30(or whatever) vs Miami to where we are now. Sign me up.
 
#75
It was so obvious that Liddell was using this game as a revenge factor.
 
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