Yeah I missed this too. Thanks for the insight!Evansville alum and fan here. My mom is from McLeansboro (a few years ahead of Jerry Sloan) and my dad is from Dahlgren. Stopped by your board to check on this year’s Illini and to see what the deal is with BTN+.
Lots of excitement in Evansville about Walter McCarty but I sure wish we were playing you next year. Our best players are probably Deandre Williams (ruled ineligible this year, has to sit a year) and Kansas transfer Sam Cunliffe, also sitting this year. Transfer Art Labinowicz would also likely start if eligible this year. And word is that our only real inside presence, Dainius Chatkevicius, is suspended for breaking team rules for first 3 games.
We will play a completely different style than with Marty Simmons - faster paced, more free flowing and lots of 3’s. But we got beat on the boards in our exhibition against a D2 team - and that was with our big guy.
Lots of new faces and unknowns for both teams, but you should be able to dominate inside. We are picked to finish last in the MVC, but have high hopes for the future. Good luck on the season- except for tomorrow!
This sounds good for us tonight, sounds like they are uniquely ill-suited to exploit our weaknesses for the time being.