Recent content by Emerson Bigguns

  1. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    I tend to believe the zone is especially effective in the tournament simply because you usually have to make a lot of midrange shots to beat it. A lot of teams get tight in those single elimination games. (I know, you all know…) If they run into a team that can maintain its composure, it...
  2. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    That’s what I’m most excited about. This team has a pretty high floor. The ceiling is what gets you daydreaming…
  3. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    True. Context is also relevant in trying to predict how someone will translate. AP took a lot of shots for Utah last season. He was basically their 2nd option scoring the ball. He actually turned the ball over more times than he recorded an assist. I don't think him coming in, jacking up a lot...
  4. Emerson Bigguns

    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    I defended those moves at the time to anyone who would listen. I remember JHey hitting a homer against the Cubs in his 1st MLB at bat. I was sure that beast would be murdering baseballs for the next 15 years. I don't think anyone looking at his hulking frame would think "singles hitter". Q was...
  5. Emerson Bigguns

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of July 19th)

    He had an interview a few weeks ago with Scott Burgess. He really only mentions the Illini when asked specifically about local schools. UK, Gonzaga, Duke, Michigan were the first ones that came to mind when they asked him about recruiting. It doesn't seem like he is a hard "no" on the Illini...
  6. Emerson Bigguns

    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Totally agree. I'm ready to blow it up. To me this is on the players. Most of them have regressed. I'm confident they aren't being coached to "swing as hard as you can at anything close", but I could be wrong... The FO has made a couple moves they wish they had back. (Heyward signing, Quintana...
  7. Emerson Bigguns

    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    I also blame Theo for ending decades upon decades of futility. Now many Cubs fans think a first round exit in the playoffs is a "train wreck" (result of his last year in charge)
  8. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    Ayo averaged just over 35 last season. It's a lot, but its not crazy. I have a feeling he will be as integral to our success or lack there of, as Ayo was last season. We will be a much better team when he is on the floor.
  9. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    This will be the only thing limiting him to under 35 minutes. He needs to play defense with his feet and not his hands. That and silly turnovers were his main issues last season. (other than reluctance to shoot) I expect vast improvement in both this season, as those are simply maturity and...
  10. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    Maybe... With 5th year seniors, there will be a lot of freshmen who won't get the kind of PT they expected out of the gate all over the country. We know for sure that Trent, DMW, & Plummer will be gone next season no matter what. If AC progresses in the way it seems the coaches believe he will...
  11. Emerson Bigguns

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of July 19th)

    We don’t know what separates Scheyer, but we do know Duke could have called Collins, Wojo, Dawkins, or frankly just about any coach in the country and had them on the next flight to Durham. They didn’t. They handed the job to Scheyer w/o hesitation. I hate the logic behind “none of the other...
  12. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    Plummer is pretty nifty with the ball in his hands too. There will be a lot of high screen and roll action. I don't recall much of this offense being predicated on one on one dribbling.
  13. Emerson Bigguns

    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (Week of July 19th)

    I understand what you are saying, but none of those guys were Scheyer, and none of them had the Duke brand behind them.
  14. Emerson Bigguns

    2021 NBA Draft

    If he goes 25th or later, you win.
  15. Emerson Bigguns

    Illini Basketball 2021-2022

    Always lots of questions before the season starts. Every team in the country has similar questions to answer. Tons of roster turnover all over the map. Everyone is just guessing at this point in time, but its fair to guess we will be pretty good. I think we can definitively say that Plummer will...