Pregame: Illinois at Nebraska, Sunday, December 2nd, 4:00pm CT, BTN

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#51
What is everyone else seeing in Nebraska? They're okay, but they're not world beaters. They have one decent win over Clemson but were also handled by Texas Tech. Not going to be a blowout by any means.
This is an honest question, not trying to extinguish your positivity one bit.

That said, at 2-5, getting wiped out twice in Maui(Iowa State and Xavier), getting beat at home by a very average Georgetown team and losing on the road to a sub par Notre Dame team....

Our two wins are vs Evansville and Mississippi Valley State, both at home. As you noted, they beat a good Clemson team.

What makes you think that we're going through be anywhere close with five minutes to go?

They aren't world beaters, you're right. However, we're bad right now. Real bad. That might not be the case two months from now, but this sets up to be a giant beatdown.

Hoping for the best though. I really should adopt your positive nature.
 
#53
We're going to see just how good a coach Underwood is. Is he able to win some games with this roster. Just how good of a coach is he? Can he strategize?
 
#56
I expect the line to be Illinois +11-12. If we play at the level we have so far, they will close us out without it being close at the end. But, we're really inconsistent, and a healthy Trent can make a difference. I could see us playing up, and making a game of it.

All I want is more improvement. Better defensive rotations, a few more minutes with guys cutting and playing in rhythm.
 
#61
Quick Nebraska stats look.

Couple things jump out for Nebraska....top 5 in nation in opponent FG% at .345, their 2P% conversion is scary good at 60%, and they don't foul much (top 20 in nation for limiting opponent FTAs). over 40% of their shot attempts are 3P....which seems crazy when you shoot 60% from 2p, but they are clearly selective.

You gotta love a defense that is awesome at limiting FG% and is ALSO great at limiting fouls...just wish we had similar stats.

REF:
https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/nebraska/2019.html
 
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#62
Boy, you said it. That's the thing that really riles me up about the Illini. There is no flow to their games. Constant fouling breaks up the continuity, and if you're frequently giving the other team twice as many free shots as you're getting, how can you expect to beat a decent team. If they could just clean that one aspect of their game up a bit, we could win a lot more games. It seems to be our identity, though.
 
#65
As much as I hate to say it we will underdogs in every Big Ten game this year I think. However I do feel things are heading in the right direction. This team right now just lacks size and experience
 
#66
As much as I hate to say it we will underdogs in every Big Ten game this year I think. However I do feel things are heading in the right direction. This team right now just lacks size and experience
Nearly impossible to go down if your prediction is correct!
 
#72
Grand Island Ne
Leaving for the game soon. I'm about 95 miles west of Lincoln and its snowing and windy but going come hell or high water. I was lucky and got 6 tickets near midcourt row 3+4 so I'll get a good look at our team. Nebraska is good and we may have trouble scoring. They have length and are athletic. They have some good seniors so this is a big year for them. I hope we can start off their conference games with a loss.
 
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Leaving for the game soon. I'm about 95 miles west of Lincoln and its snowing and windy but going come hell or high water. I was lucky and got 6 tickets near midcourt row 3+4 so I'll get a good look at our team. Nebraska is good and we may have trouble scoring. They have length and are athletic. They have some good seniors so this is a big year for them. I hope we can start off their conference games with a loss.
Safe travels and bring us a road win!
 
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#75
I know we aren't good, but that seems like a lot.
Kenpom has them at 21 and us at 89. Add in the fact that it's the first conference game on the road and it makes sense.

But Kenpom also says they play pretty slow (275th in tempo). If we turn it into a track meet then we have a good shot. If this is slower like the ND game then I can't see us winning.
 
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