That's my guess too. With the exceptions of NW and Nebraska (3 total games), the conference is pretty strong and our weakest remaining opponent is Purdue with a NET ranking of 51. We have 5 games with ranked opponents, so we will have to play well to get to 10-10.I think that’s a bubble team that probably makes it??? Win one more and we are good to go. I really don’t want to sweat it on selection Sunday.
Agreed. But , mich was playing on the road...Reuvers will be shooting at home. Haven’t seen wisky play this year, not sure who the 4 is (mainly can they hit the three) but would Giorgi or kipper be a better matchup for Reuvers than Kofi?Looks like the same strategy as Michigan. Guard the 3 pt line and let the bigs take care of the cutters. They will try to draw our bigs outside to cover their bigs shooting 3 pointers. I would probably make them prove they can hurt us before I would open up the middle. They seem to be evenly balanced in both scoring and rebounding which probably means they are good at spreading the floor. Our guards quickness should be the difference. They won by 6 at home last year. This team is more than 6 points better than last year’s.
I think it's highly likely that they put Giorgi on Reuvers. He's a "stretch 5" and the last thing they want is Kofi guarding the arc, getting fouls when Ruevers drives, and being out of position for rebounds.Agreed. But , mich was playing on the road...Reuvers will be shooting at home. Haven’t seen wisky play this year, not sure who the 4 is (mainly can they hit the three) but would Giorgi or kipper be a better matchup for Reuvers than Kofi?
Our best sources of offense: 1. Transition. 2. Kofi or Giorgi down low against single defender. 3. Trent or Griffin shooting 3s. 4. Ayo mid range pull up.I’m calling it now... Wiscky going to bait Ayo into 3s. He is averaging 0.82 pps from 3, and 1.27 pps excluding 3s.
Same with Damonte and Kipper. Wisky will be daring all three players to shoot the 3 ball.
I hope they play disciplined enough to not take those shots. Otherwise, a win might depend on one of Ayo, Kipper, or Damonte getting lucky/hot.
The problem with Ayo is that he can make a few 3s, but him shooting a 3 is statistically the worst thing he can do when be has the ball besides a turnover, or passing to Damonte or Kipper with them shooting it.
That's bull, get the ball to Kofi, they have no one to come close to matching him inside. The guards have to feed the post, because they play off of Giorgi. Drive the ball and feed the post on O, keep up the rebounding and D and we win. We're the better team.Don't see Wisky throwing bricks all night like Purdue. Offense has hit shots at likely a higher % than year avg. and turnovers have to be single digits. Wisky gets back on defense as good as any so running and playing in a hurry is not going to work. I don't see our guys winning as they simply cannot match the Badgers in half court play and do not have much patience resulting in too many fumbles, charges, and wild shots as the shot clock winds down. Would a ever love to see better screens and cuts to provide better shots late in clock....but sure do not expect to see it. Kipper and Georgi need to be patient and efficient and get up good shots without turnovers....but again that would be unexpected. Wisky will likely put the slow torture on defense and build a lead all the way to the buzzer as the Illini build the turnovers to 16+ and their bigs take advantage of Kofi's defensive inexperience with jump hooks and short bank shots.
Confidence and patience are Wisky's strength and our weakness and our style makes those assets stronger. Now, I hope the Illini prove me wrong and show they are patient, take care of the ball, play under control, put up good shots, rebound with a vengeance, play all out defense. and show they know how to play the game like a confident B1G team!
I'm thinking Wisc is either going to have to cheat a wing inside to try and deny the ball or be ready to help on Kofi or Kofi going to get a chance for a big game and to shoot some free throws. So there should be chances at some open shots where the help defender vacates and for Kofi to feed slashers to the basket when he doubled. The other strategy that I suspect they may try is using Potter to defend him until fouls are a problem.I would think KB and GB will both draw some attention in the post. Sure feed the post, but WISC knows this too. Il gonna have to hit some shots and go to basket.