This has been an annoying feature of the last few games. It feels like they come out thinking someone is going to be the guy here and 3-4 guys spend the first half trying to figure out whose night it is instead of letting the game come naturally. That led to some baffling shots by Trent against PSU (“ayo sitting, so I guess it’s me!”) and I felt like Giorgi coming off the B1G POTW honors came out and played ineffective hero ball at times when it was clear the opponent’s game plan was focused around stopping...the POTW.Close to zero chance on this one, so maybe we pull it out! Bad matchup for us. Tough place to play. I hope we go back to playing all out with the nothing to lose mentality. The last two games I thought we had a few guys pressing and forcing things.
I’d put the line at -12. Anyone know what our record is vs the spread this year?
Yep ... just give me a Thursday first round game in the BTT, win that one and play on Friday so I can actually go support our guys at the UC ... that’s all I’m asking for out of this season at this point.Just finish strong down the stretch here. I hope to stay out of the bottom half Wednesday games in the tournament. So just win. Go Illini
Totally agree. The reverse is also true. We could lose to anyone in the country on any given night.This team can beat anyone in the country on any given night. I'm 100% convinced of that.
There is no "slim to none" chance any more. There is only a real chance. Every game.
Once again, show up with the D (limit their shots), shoot 70%+ FT's.......W.
Ayo scored 18 points Saturday.Start those ready to play. If the 2nd team was beating up on the first - there must be some guys in there who are more hungry. Honestly Giorgi and Ayo could use a bit of a reality check after their POW/FOW weeks IMO. They got there because they were hungry, seems like they taking a bit for granted. A mild critique, not blistering so lets not start the "why would anyone want Samba over GB responses" but I think they've lost a bit of the edge. Could just be Freshman wall I guess.
Yes he did. Again, not trying to over emphasize this whole critique but you could argue he should have had more like 24 pts. Was 1 - 4 from beyond the arc. 2 TOs on 3 assists. Shot 50% from the field - so not bad - but what I am seeing is Ayo waiting until crunch time to turn it on. We need him scoring big from the gate. Perhaps my expectations are too high - but we need him making that 13 ft shot with his man on his back and for the last few games - he's coming up short.