I think that it's important to note that the game against Oakland was their first without Valentine. They've had 2 or 3 games since to adapt. Tonight's MSU is significantly better and more cohesive than against Oakland
When you consider there's not a player on Oakland who wouldn't be at Illinois if we offered them a scholarship, they were in a much tougher position.
Goodness we are down 30 to a team missing just one starter. We've been missing 3-4 starters each game ALL YEAR. Go figure.Goodness....We are down 30??? I am not watching the game (glad I am not) but wanted to check in and we are down by 30 to a team minus a guy who might be a Wooden award winner or at least a finalist? What would the score be if Valentine was playing? Thank goodness I wasn't able to see the game and will be deleting it from my DVR without viewing. The program isn't in good shape right now. People say we are missing all these starters and it does hurt but who knows what TA brings to this team except toughness and D. LB fouls so much would he even play that many minutes? MT was a 5th year senior stop gap. He was playing well but in the long term how much good does he do to the program? Nunn missing for his kid being born really stinks because he has been tearing it up but he is doing the right thing being there with his son and would he really make a 30 point difference?