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Old Dec 16, 2017, 09:00 PM   #1
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Illinois vs Missouri (Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO)
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Old Dec 16, 2017, 09:10 PM   #2
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We are so going to get killed.

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Old Dec 16, 2017, 09:25 PM   #3
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You watch we figure out how to win this game. Being an Illini fan is just so freaking exhausting sometimes.

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Old Dec 16, 2017, 09:49 PM   #4
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Hopefully fans come out in full force. The only thing worse than losing to Miznoz is losing to Miznoz while there half of the stadium is full and ours has a bunch of empty seats.

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Old Dec 16, 2017, 09:59 PM   #5
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Glad I saw all Lou's teams play, and 2005, makes all this new year look alot brighter. We will get back to being the team everyone wants to beat but can't. Bragging rights game is always good.

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 12:10 AM   #6
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Why do you think that? We have 5 losses with the average margin being less than 5 points. I’d be willing to bet that we don’t get “killed.”
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 01:22 AM   #7
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I don't think I can take another close loss at this point. We need to win one of these things eventually, right?

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 08:09 AM   #8
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Win this, I’ll forgive the other losses. Can’t stand Mizzou.
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 09:11 AM   #9
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Disagree. Any rational person would expect us to lose by 5. This team will put it all together, we all hope sooner than later.
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 11:56 AM   #10
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Disagree. Any rational person would expect us to lose by 5. This team will put it all together, we all hope sooner than later.
I'd like to think that but feel we just don't match up well with these guys. I do hope we put put up a good fight, though, and am pleasantly surprised.

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 11:57 AM   #11
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Really hope we beat Misery . Can't stand them or Cuonzo
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 12:42 PM   #12
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 03:08 PM   #13
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I agree with the others who do not think we "get killed." There is nothing in our season that demonstrates that we can't compete...getting the win is something else. I just hope this is the game we come out on the winning side of a close one.
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 04:29 PM   #14
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This is a team that is still displaying an awful lot of Groce habits... I think playing to the competition is one of them. We play it close but in the end get done in by too many whistles on us and a lack of a response to Tilmon and Porter in the paint.

But you better believe I'll be shouting myself hoarse for the O&B when I'm there.

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 04:59 PM   #15
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I agree with the others who do not think we "get killed." There is nothing in our season that demonstrates that we can't compete...getting the win is something else. I just hope this is the game we come out on the winning side of a close one.
Gort, spot on!! Well stated.
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 06:58 PM   #16
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Only have attended once, but that year was like many years for this game, the team that ya think is going to win doesn't..
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:01 PM   #17
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This is a team that is still displaying an awful lot of Groce habits... I think playing to the competition is one of them. We play it close but in the end get done in by too many whistles on us and a lack of a response to Tilmon and Porter in the paint.

But you better believe I'll be shouting myself hoarse for the O&B when I'm there.
Exactly. Another close loss. We've already had 5 of them so far, not mature enough and not enough toughness/leadership down the stretch except for TJL who seems to be our vocal leader thus far. Wish Black would be more vocal
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:12 PM   #18
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-Really going to need Kipper healthy for this one.

-Who can stay on the court longer between Leron and Tilmon might be the key to the game. Unfortunately, in rivalry games refs like to get whistle happy to prevent things from getting too physical. I would be surprised if they don't play a big factor in this one.

It seems like downstate guys like to show up big in this game. I remember Tyler Griffey hitting some big shots, and I don't think Malcolm ever lost a Braggin Rights game. So I guess I'll predict Mark Smith gets turnt and has 22 pts plus puts someone on a poster, pointing to his buddy E.J. Liddell after he jams it.

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:14 PM   #19
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Oh yeah, are we booing Tilmon every time he touches the ball? Personally, I have no ill will toward the guy but it would still be fun and add another factor into the rivalry.

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:19 PM   #20
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our best defense against NMSU was zone....could be the way to neutralize their height advantage and get some breakouts for some easy baskets...

tired of coming up short on these close games....also need some new inbounds plays

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:29 PM   #21
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-Really going to need Kipper healthy for this one.

-Who can stay on the court longer between Leron and Tilmon might be the key to the game. Unfortunately, in rivalry games refs like to get whistle happy to prevent things from getting too physical. I would be surprised if they don't play a big factor in this one.

It seems like downstate guys like to show up big in this game. I remember Tyler Griffey hitting some big shots, and I don't think Malcolm ever lost a Braggin Rights game. So I guess I'll predict Mark Smith gets turnt and has 22 pts plus puts someone on a poster, pointing to his buddy E.J. Liddell after he jams it.
I like the way you think.... Hope it's not Tilmon the traitor who gets turnt
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:31 PM   #22
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Oh yeah, are we booing Tilmon every time he touches the ball? Personally, I have no ill will toward the guy but it would still be fun and add another factor into the rivalry.
I agree. To Tilmon:

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Old Dec 17, 2017, 07:37 PM   #23
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If the refs allow the same physical game Leron was able to play against UNMS, then I think he will do some damage against Tilmon and co. If not, it is going to be very difficult in the paint.

Where I think we need to succeed is in getting more drives out of our guards. I always feel that DMW is just on the cusp of blowing up. It may not happen this year, but eventually, I really think he is going to be a potential game changer.
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 09:40 PM   #24
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Meet MU’s Tilmon, the man born for Braggin’ Rights

May influence decisions on whether or not to boo him.
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Old Dec 17, 2017, 09:52 PM   #25
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Meet MU’s Tilmon, the man born for Braggin’ Rights

May influence decisions on whether or not to boo him.
"Beat us by 30?...Gotta let us know?!"

Yes, my hope is Tilmon will be booed and cry his way off the court like Cliff did (game soon after the "hat trick")
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