Why exactly are we favored against UNLV? I was at that game last year and they just completely out-atheletic'ed us. (yeah, I know its not a word). IMO the game really wasn't as close as the final score indicated. Did UNLV lose a bunch of players to graduation/transfer? If not, I think they'll have our number again this year.
Trent took a bad fall in last nights game. He was helped off the court but did come back to play. He took a jump shot that was very short so I assume he has a pretty bad bruise and hopefully that is all,
Any win is a good win for Illinois basketball this year. We have a chance to get some wins the next couple weeks and need to get them. Wins are going to be hard to come by in the Big 10 need to get these next three games and try to build some momentum.
Okay, I'm finally over my post-Wednesday depression to the point that I can comment on this game. I hate to be dramatic, but ... this is kind of a must-win for the trajectory of the program, no? We'll probably still draw a good crowd given how few home games there have been and that it's on a Saturday, and we NEED to provide Illini fans with even the smallest shimmer of hope after this 2-7 start. 2-8 with a 2-2 record at SFC (with the two losses coming against both teams with a pulse) is disastrous, and Underwood needs to show your average fan something to keep some faith in this rebuild project.
Brandon Mccoy, Jovan Mooring, and Jordan Johnson left, that was basically 3 out of 4 top players from last year, though our old friend Juirston is still there. They are probably a borderline top 125 team. Take from that what you want, considering where you think we fall.
Line should be IL +7, maybe 8. I'm assuming Trent is healthy, though. I would drop the line if not.
As far as 'trajectory', I don't think any game is relevant this season, sad to say. I think the challenge this year is keeping the team motivated and believing they can improve and win games. Not convinced that will happen. I've never personally experienced a team/program that has developed a culture of losing like Illinois has, but it takes some strong-willed players, talent, and coaching to right the ship. If these guys could run the offense for 5 minutes, I would set up tvs all over the locker room and run it on loop. They need to believe in themselves.
This is a game that on paper we should win, but not one we're likely to blow out. I'll take any win at this point.
Wonder what is going on with Jones? Suspension length is up to the coach. Coaches definitely have to establish rules and have players adhere to them, but 4 games seems like a long suspension. However, i don't know what the reason is. I hope this young man is tough.