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    Giorgi Bezhanishvili leaves Illinois to pursue pro opportunities

    I was thinking coming back to coach. He showed great leadership skills here and had great footwork and technique. I think, besides Antigua, he’s one of the bigger influences to Kofi’s success. He will have a lot to offer after that pro career.
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    Ayo Dosunmu declares for the NBA Draft

    The Bulls need a PG. just sayin.
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    Adam Miller enters transfer portal

    Exactly. Leadership is assumed, not assigned. This team has room for excellent role players. But if he wants to be the leader, you don’t just go to a team without a better option and get anointed leader. You have to take that role, not wait for it to be given to you. And if you want a shot at...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2021)

    Before our biggest selling point is we play our freshmen. Trent, Mark Smith, Ayo, Giorgi, Kofi and Miller all started as freshmen with Underwood and Curbelo gets featured minutes. Now we can add championship contenders, great culture and pathway to the NBA (assuming Ayo and Kofi are making that...
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Drexel, Friday, March 19th, 12:15pm CT, TBS

    Free throws. If he can click a la Karl Malone and start making free throws at a high clip out of nowhere, that would be bananas awesome! On St Patty’s Day, we would call that “magically delicious.”
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Drexel, Friday, March 19th, 12:15pm CT, TBS

    Undergrad at Illinois, Masters at DePaul. If the Illini play the Blue Demons though, I’m rooting for the Illini every time. I feel undergrad is where you enter adulthood. It’s such a formative time. Grad school is straight academics and career development. Fun fact: the Blue Demons got their...
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    3/15 Polls - Illini #2 In AP & Coaches Poll

    This feels right. #3 would have felt right too. On the one hand, we just won 4 games against top 10 teams, none on our home court and won 13 of our last 14 games. On the other hand, we have 6 losses. So I don’t feel slighted in the least and also feel our recent play is being totally respected.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Drexel, Friday, March 19th, 12:15pm CT, TBS

    We are in charge of the orange region. And hopefully we get closer to normal officiating. That is all.
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    Bracketology (Week of March 8th)

    This also goes with their broadcast. Yesterday in their college hoops game day they didn’t even MENTION the Illini v Iowa game let alone give it a serious preview even thou it was a matchup with the number 3 and number 5 teams in the country. It was obnoxiously clear they were only interested in...
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    Illinois 90, Rutgers 68 Postgame

    Do we know what the opening line is on tomorrow’s game?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (March 2021)

    What? I thought we were the ethical ones!
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Rutgers, Friday, March 12th, 5:30pm CT, BTN

    Tangent on Ron Harper Sr. He said my favorite quote in sports. A reporter asked him during the record breaking 1997 season if that Bulls team could beat the 1969 76ers who held the record for most wins in a season. He said: “We would kill those guys. They’re in their 70’s.”
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Why do we think his stock will be higher next year than this year?
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Yes. That is 100% what I meant. I was speaking strictly through a recruiting lens. For the long term success of the program we need to retain great coaches, maintain a winning culture and obtain great recruits. I would love to see the IHSA championships return to Champaign permanently too just...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Proof of concept. BU plays his freshmen, he has had at least one freshman starter each year at Illinois. All we needed was to show that we have a viable path to the NBA for guards and bigs, you could improve your game here and that you can win here. It looks like we have the right elements to...