They have better shooting guards and seem quicker. Their defense has given our guards few open shotsGotta work for it, and we are getting outworked. I am not convinced they are necessarily meaningfully better than us but they are outworking the hell out of us right now.
I feel like we knew that, though. We have some good and creative distributors, but this is an average passing team.If Ayo was/is serious about making those around him better....he's gotta pass out of those double teams better. He dribbled into almost every double team tonight and they are too good defensively to get around. Our spacing and screens were terrible...and we are not as good a passing team as I thought we'd be.
Illini have several new but talented players beyond the starters who have not played this level before. As I stated earlier, a season of B1G play has a way of honing those kinds to a new level of play. This is not a team that is devoid of talent or coaching....and they will be a different team come tourney time than what you saw in the last 10 minutes tonight.Yeah. But we wanted to be the best team in the country.