Yeah, I'm with you RML. There's nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal. You can bet we'll be playing as hard as we have all year. For Ayo.Count me as more optimistic than most who have posted so far. I think it's going to be tight, and would not be too surprised if the boys pull it out.
Obviously missed offensive production is the problem without Ayo. Griffin, Feliz need more minutes, and I think a lot depends on Jones being able to provide us quality minutes. Time for him to take advantage of opportunity now.Would like to see AG take Ayo’s starting spot and save Dre for Trent’s backup. Definitely need one of the two in the lineup at all times. Will have to use Tevian to backup DaMonte.
I haven’t read anything lately but I began thinking about this yesterday. I think Giorgi has played his way to a bench role until he gets out of his funk.Thoughts?
If Ayo misses time, who replaces him in the starting lineup? The obvious answer is Andres Feliz, who has been so reliable off the bench. But Underwood could feel Feliz (6-foot-2) would make the Illini too small at the guard position. He might prefer to opt for Alan Griffin (6-5) and continue to bring Feliz off the bench while having him out there at clutch time.
But another change seems worth thinking about, too. And that’s taking Giorgi Bezhanishvili out of the starting lineup.
Everyone loves Giorgi, but during the current three-game slide he is shooting 25 percent, averaging 4.0 points and showing up as a weak link defensively.
If Ayo and Giorgi are both out of the starting lineup, Underwood could go small and play both Feliz and Griffin. But don’t discount the possibility that Kipper Nichols, the 6-6 senior, might get a start. Nichols might be the best defensive answer against Penn State, next Tuesday, as a person to match up with 6-8 senior Lamar Stevens."
Here’s my bold call- Damonte turns into an excellent three point shooter in his senior year, hitting 2+ per game at around a 40% clip.monte gaining confidence and hitting shots lately. (I’ve said a million times I’ve never seen someone with such good form miss so much like he had been for the last couple years).
Would love that. I just want him to not hesitate when he's wide open and aim for above 33%. I've seen him pass up so many open looks, really frustrating.....
Looking at stats in conference play: They're shooting 47% on 2P and 30% on 3P (we're 45% and 29%). They have three guys shooting 50% or better on 2P: Mulcahy (59%), Carter (58%), and Johnson (55%). All three are bad from the FT line, though: 46%, 42%, and 35%, respectively. They shoot from beyond the arc at almost the same rate as we do (just under 18 attempts per game). They've got six guys that average about two attempts per game or more. Yeboah (35% on 4.1 attempts/game), Mathis (34% on 2.5), and Baker (32% on 3.1) are probably the main threats. After that, they're not good at all: Young (30% on 1.9), Harper (28% on 3.6), and McConnell (20% on 1.8).Can Rutgers shoot?
No way they put him in if there's even an ounce of pain. If it's truly day-to-day, I'd expect the first real hope would be vs Nebraska. When he puts in two or three days of game speed practice with no pain the day after(pretty much status quo)...he'll be back.Just can't see Ayo playing. However those are all the things you need to say, and Ayo needs to do, to force RU to plan for him.
I think 0440, as in recruiting, is pretty tuned in to the situation. Based on traveling with the team tomorrow and already being able to do some things, I'm hopeful these are signs pointing to a couple of weeks instead of 4.Just can't see Ayo playing. However those are all the things you need to say, and Ayo needs to do, to force RU to plan for him.