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Old Oct 6, 2017, 04:10 AM   #76
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Magazines I have seen are consistent in B1G picks for the beloved.

Athlons 11th
Lindys 11th
Sporting News 11th.
All three of them 11th? We all may drink the Orange and Blue Koolaid, but apparently--actually--they all drink from the same well.
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Old Oct 6, 2017, 07:25 AM   #77
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Magazines I have seen are consistent in B1G picks for the beloved.

Athlons 11th
Lindys 11th
Sporting News 11th.
Fake rankings...
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Old Oct 6, 2017, 08:14 AM   #78
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Fake rankings...
Three elevens add up to 33. I call conspiracy.
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 09:32 AM   #79
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Illinois will finish in top 4-6 of BIG,,if they can stay healthy I really love this team and think 20-22 wins is very realistic IMO(this team I think gonna remind a lot of people of the UNLV Runnin` Rebel teams, pick-up 3/4 press and relentless pace on offense,and Yes I think we have the horses (studs) to do it,,,
IF most think 11th or 12th finish, good luck on the dark side of the moon!!!

GO
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 09:38 AM   #80
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Illinois will finish in top 4-6 of BIG,,if they can stay healthy I really love this team and think 20-22 wins is very realistic IMO(this team I think gonna remind a lot of people of the UNLV Runnin` Rebel teams, pick-up 3/4 press and relentless pace on offense,and Yes I think we have the horses (studs) to do it,,,
IF most think 11th or 12th finish, good luck on the dark side of the moon!!!

GO
me likey and pass the kool-aid
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 10:25 AM   #81
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are we really better than northwestern, iowa, maryland, michigan? I think 6-8 is very realistic but will stay cautiously optimistic. Think the season go one of two ways..

Like our football team, rely on a lot of freshmen and struggle to close out ball games but show steady improvement while they gain experience and BU implements more of his offense while slowly getting closer and closer to the bubble. Then just like last year have an opportunity to play ourselves into the tourney in the final conference games and BTT (rutgers last game again this year ). Or...

We lose 10+ games by 1-6 points because our defense folds from having little depth. Go 10-3 in noncon and 6-12 in conference (18-15) but still show strides.
Mostly or all you stated is correct but the big heavy I think for this particular team/group is and just a basketball opinion:

- Finke/Black/Kipper all played last season the thing they didn't was be major consistent (key word) contributors last season. Their roles for this team are significantly different. They have to be a consistent 8-10ppg offensively from at least (2) of the (3) defensively they MUST be SMART meaning staying out of foul trouble against teams with true bigs/post players

- Alstork how good will he be against real competition and when things don't go his way will he become a head case for the team (BU won't allow that)

- TJL I love his motor and leadership but he along with the other veterans have to be vested in "what is my role on this particular team"

- the freshman well I know there are expectations for these fellas but I guess how quick will the find their groove and pace of the B10. Smith will have to mature real quick real fast...I think if Smith can find some early success meaning have a break out game of 20plus that could be huge before we hit B10 play

- how quick will a group of 5 jell sometimes groups like this are more successful when the chemistry is good and players understand what they bring to the table....I don't know how practices are going now but the one I attended Smith was never with Finke or Black or Alstork but that was one practice...just my opinion
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 10:38 AM   #82
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Another key factor will be how good will the D be with a group without a true big but BU has been succeful without a true post....

Consistency on the offensive end.......
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 01:44 PM   #83
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 02:35 PM   #84
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anyone know of any secret scrimmages, nonconference games?
Checking covert sources now and will get b’ck to you ’s soon ’s possible, but information is sc’rce.

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Old Oct 7, 2017, 03:51 PM   #85
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You newbies! I'm telling ya!!

EDIT: Says the guy with '41' posts to the guy with 31 posts, lol.
Th’t's ’ good one...go Illini!

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Old Oct 7, 2017, 05:03 PM   #86
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Man I’m dying I need some more of these practice videos.
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 06:05 PM   #87
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Man Im dying I need some more of these practice videos.
Yea, why label it as Day 1 if you aren't going to consistently show them.
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 06:06 PM   #88
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I can’t wat for the season to start...
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Old Oct 7, 2017, 06:17 PM   #89
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I cant wat for the season to start...
Getting closer, 34 days until Nov 10.

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Old Oct 7, 2017, 10:30 PM   #90
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anyone know of any secret scrimmages, nonconference games?
They will have a closed scrimmage with Vandy I am pretty certain, can't remember who other one is with but thinking smaller school.
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Old Oct 8, 2017, 08:00 AM   #91
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Ask an I shall receive?

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Old Oct 8, 2017, 09:32 AM   #92
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For what it's worth, College Sports Madness did a ranking of the top 144 teams in college basketball. Our beloved are at #122

Maryland #39
Iowa #44
Indiana #55
Wisconsin #62
Ohio St #76
Penn St #86
Nebraska #99

The rest of the rankings will be released as the days leading up to the season dwindle down. Leaving us at the 13th best team in the conference. We were behind the likes of Elon, Albany, Mo. State, Loyola (IL), Grand Canyon (!), Fairfield, Mercer, UC-Irvine and Louisiana Lafayette.


Imho it just means were going to surprise a lot of people.


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Old Oct 8, 2017, 09:52 AM   #93
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They will have a closed scrimmage with Vandy I am pretty certain, can't remember who other one is with but thinking smaller school.
Indiana St @ State Farm

A week or a few days before the Vandy scrimmage.
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Old Oct 8, 2017, 09:56 AM   #94
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AJ has upgraded his physique a lot. He'll get his shot early. The rest is up to him. Really hoping he thrives and carves out a rotation role.
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Old Oct 8, 2017, 12:45 PM   #95
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AJ has upgraded his physique a lot. He'll get his shot early. The rest is up to him. Really hoping he thrives and carves out a rotation role.
AJ is a great ambassador for our school, however I am starting to think he is that guy that "looks" like a player, but cant quite hit that level. I hope I am wrong and he comes on and has at least a Bertrand type of rest of college career.
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Old Oct 8, 2017, 12:53 PM   #96
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12 seconds doesn't count.
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Old Oct 8, 2017, 08:11 PM   #97
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12 seconds doesn't count.
That's what SHE said!
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Old Oct 8, 2017, 10:10 PM   #98
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Indiana St @ State Farm

A week or a few days before the Vandy scrimmage.
That is it, yep couldn't remember!
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Old Oct 9, 2017, 08:31 AM   #99
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12 seconds doesn't count.


Rick Pitino? Is that you?


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Old Oct 9, 2017, 09:16 AM   #100
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I find it very interesting. I am very optimistic about our chances to be good this year. However, isnt that the same as every year?
I don't know about you guys, but the last year of the Groce Era and the last two years of the Weber Era, I thought we were definitely going to suck.

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