Pregame: Illinois at Grand Canyon, Friday, November 8th, 8:00pm CT

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#51
I haven't been impressed with the starting 5 as a unit. Hoping to see a shakeup, probably DMW for Feliz. I'm also on board with less of Kofi + Giorgi together. Maybe as the season progresses they will figure out how to make it work better (Trent and Ayo did last year), but through 2 games, Giorgi has looked out of place at the 4. And with the expectation to make the tournament this year, this team cannot afford a long learning curve from those two.
They’ve played one real game and you “haven’t been impressed”? Small sample size there.
 
#53
Paducah, Ky
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Predictions:

Andres has another great game with 7+ rebounds and 8+ pts and at least 1 made 3.
Ayo scores 14+ pts, 5+ rebounds, and cleans up his Assist/Turnover ratio (thinking 2+).
Trent makes 50% of his shots and plays great D.
Giorgi misses a pair of 3s and a few shots in the lane. Improved performance but still struggling to figure out how to play further from the basket.
Kofi gets another double-double and actually makes more than 50% of his FTs.
Griffin continues to provide rebounds, put backs, and hits another 3 pointer but still doesn't see more than 21 minutes.
Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk turns the ball over at least 2 times and makes several questionable passes. Underwood plays him less than 10 minutes and the fans are outraged.
Kipper handles the ball well, plays goodish defense, and makes a few decent passes inside (mostly to Kofi). He struggles to secure rebounds or put the ball in the hoop though but Underwood still plays him 14+ minutes and the fans are outraged.
Da'Monte Williams turns the ball over at least once inside and passes/hesitates rather than taking at least 2 wide open shots. Makes at least 80% of his FTs and plays good defense and gets 3+ rebounds. Underwood continues to play him 14+ minutes and the fans are outraged.
Tyler Underwood sees the floor when the Illini are less than 20+ points ahead and the fans are outraged.
Illinois wins to start the season 2-0 (1-0 home and 1-0 away) and the fans are outraged.
 
#58
It would be Very Illinois to lose to GCU but beat Arizona.
And I want OH so desperately for “Illinois” to mean something different (and better) again. :(

Obviously, it’s a long season and comments we make in November very well could look dumb come February and March ... but I maintain this weekend will tell us a lot RE: “Are we back?” I expect to be “back” this year, knowing that is vague. I want to at least get to that level where message board fans of Purdue and Maryland doing their preseason predictions pick a loss in Champaign so they don’t look like homers. :p

If we show the maturity and intensity to bring it in both AZ games this weekend after that first game, I’ll fully invest and believe.
 
#59
Winged Warrior
Predictions:

Andres has another great game with 7+ rebounds and 8+ pts and at least 1 made 3.
Ayo scores 14+ pts, 5+ rebounds, and cleans up his Assist/Turnover ratio (thinking 2+).
Trent makes 50% of his shots and plays great D.
Giorgi misses a pair of 3s and a few shots in the lane. Improved performance but still struggling to figure out how to play further from the basket.
Kofi gets another double-double and actually makes more than 50% of his FTs.
Griffin continues to provide rebounds, put backs, and hits another 3 pointer but still doesn't see more than 21 minutes.
Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk turns the ball over at least 2 times and makes several questionable passes. Underwood plays him less than 10 minutes and the fans are outraged.
Kipper handles the ball well, plays goodish defense, and makes a few decent passes inside (mostly to Kofi). He struggles to secure rebounds or put the ball in the hoop though but Underwood still plays him 14+ minutes and the fans are outraged.
Da'Monte Williams turns the ball over at least once inside and passes/hesitates rather than taking at least 2 wide open shots. Makes at least 80% of his FTs and plays good defense and gets 3+ rebounds. Underwood continues to play him 14+ minutes and the fans are outraged.
Tyler Underwood sees the floor when the Illini are less than 20+ points ahead and the fans are outraged.
Illinois wins to start the season 2-0 (1-0 home and 1-0 away) and the fans are outraged.

 
#62
I've watched both games and am impressed with Kofi and that's about it. Almost nothing has gone right (save maybe trents free throw) in the first two games. Something will go right tonight and we will cruise.
 
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#64
BU said trent hits 3's at 52% in practice. hopefully that's not because our defense is so bad. Thinking he goes 1/3 from 3 tonight and then 6/7 vs Arizona to revert to the mean :)
 
#65
Maybe so, but when the locals are comparing him to Deandre Ayton after one game, and the game he had...we shall see. With the NBA always drafting on potential and 6-10' slasher type rough player...first round sounds about right.
Who do you think BU will put on him — Giorgi or Kofi? They’ve got Jeter too.
 
#67
Illinois needs to match up with their guys one on one. Talent and size is better at every position. If this were a pick up game the Illini win by 30. If GCU is playing four guards, then Illinois needs to do the same. If GCU is going with a bigger lineup, then Illinois needs to do the same. Any way you look at it, Illinois wins if they just match up against their players position for position. It makes no sense to try and force a game plan in a situation like this early in the season.
 
#68
Rockford, IL
Just checked out the women's live game on the GC YouTube channel and it's all good.
Nice to have this option for tonight's game.
 
#69
Mad Scientist
Arizona, USA
ESPN has us at only a 52.8% chance to win. No idea how they come up with that calculation, but I'm guessing our less than impressive showing against Nicholls State is a big factor. *sigh*
All of these win percentage calculators are based on statistical analysis. We have played a single game this season, so all of those tools are based on a very, very small sample size and whatever input they receive that represents subjective "expectations." Putting any stock in them this early in the season is silly. If they're correct this early, it is purely by luck.
 
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#70
Predictions:

Andres has another great game with 7+ rebounds and 8+ pts and at least 1 made 3.
Ayo scores 14+ pts, 5+ rebounds, and cleans up his Assist/Turnover ratio (thinking 2+).
Trent makes 50% of his shots and plays great D.
Giorgi misses a pair of 3s and a few shots in the lane. Improved performance but still struggling to figure out how to play further from the basket.
Kofi gets another double-double and actually makes more than 50% of his FTs.
Griffin continues to provide rebounds, put backs, and hits another 3 pointer but still doesn't see more than 21 minutes.
Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk turns the ball over at least 2 times and makes several questionable passes. Underwood plays him less than 10 minutes and the fans are outraged.
Kipper handles the ball well, plays goodish defense, and makes a few decent passes inside (mostly to Kofi). He struggles to secure rebounds or put the ball in the hoop though but Underwood still plays him 14+ minutes and the fans are outraged.
Da'Monte Williams turns the ball over at least once inside and passes/hesitates rather than taking at least 2 wide open shots. Makes at least 80% of his FTs and plays good defense and gets 3+ rebounds. Underwood continues to play him 14+ minutes and the fans are outraged.
Tyler Underwood sees the floor when the Illini are less than 20+ points ahead and the fans are outraged.
Illinois wins to start the season 2-0 (1-0 home and 1-0 away) and the fans are outraged.
So are you saying illini fanbase is out"ragous"?
 
#72
I think Kofi and Giorgi work find, the problem Nicholls St exposed was that we don't have a true PG. When the ball went to Giorgi to help break the pressure near half court it was bad news. In that situation you probably want 4 ball handlers and a big. Problem is Damonte or AG aren't great ball handlers either.

The stat confirms what my eyes see. Plenty of turnovers, missed free throws, minimal assist. All these point to poor PG play, I hate admitting this. Possibly Feliz and Trent handle the ball more as a PG and Ayo plays more of a combo guard.
 
#74
I think Kofi and Giorgi work find, the problem Nicholls St exposed was that we don't have a true PG. When the ball went to Giorgi to help break the pressure near half court it was bad news. In that situation you probably want 4 ball handlers and a big. Problem is Damonte or AG aren't great ball handlers either.

The stat confirms what my eyes see. Plenty of turnovers, missed free throws, minimal assist. All these point to poor PG play, I hate admitting this. Possibly Feliz and Trent handle the ball more as a PG and Ayo plays more of a combo guard.
I mean....we have 3 pgs on the floor quite often. If we can't break some pressure from Nicholls State with Feliz, Frazier, and Ayo...then we have problems that are bigger.
 
#75
South Carolina
We don't yet seem to be acknowledged much on the national scene (6.5 pt margin from Vegas; lack of network TV coverage on Sunday). I think we'll take the first small step tonight toward getting some respect/recognition.

ILL 76
GCU 65
 
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