Illini Basketball 2020-2021

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Do you know how many years it has been since our last final four appearance? Yes 16 years.....just like the time between the last two final four appearances. Seems like we should keep the pattern going....then break it in the future.
 
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Paducah, Ky

Didn't know where to post this, but noteworthy at least......

NIT, after 83 years in NY, goes to Texas

The National Invitation Tournament is moving the entire 2021 event to Texas, taking the semifinals and championship game out of New York's Madison Square Garden for the first time in the 83-year history of college basketball's oldest postseason tournament. The pandemic also is reducing the tournament field from 32 to 16 teams, and all games will be played in the Dallas area.

The tournament will run from March 17-28. The NIT field will be announced after the NCAA Tournament is set on March 14. The NIT champion has been crowned in New York every year since the tournament started in 1938. Earlier rounds normally are held at the venues of home teams.


Last year's cancellation because of COVID was the first in the event's history. (AP)

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rest of article is non BB related
 
#531      
Michigan would have us on win %. .823 to .800.
If this scenario happens where we go 16-4 and mich goes 14-3 and we beat them they need to give us a share. We would have 2 more wins and head to head and they would have better win percentage. We should not be put at a disadvantage because mich chose not to play all the games like we did. We can't assume mich would win the last three just because their win percentage says they would. Make them play the last three to win it outright or give us a share. Seems like a good compromise in a pandemic.
 
#533      
I was curious to see how we shot our free throws against quality opponents. I feel like we always manage to hit them for the big games.
Season average = 69%
According to Google, 70% is a good free throw %

Our free throw % for the following games:
Iowa - 82%
Duke - 75%
Baylor - 62%
Ohio State - 70%
Wisconsin Round 1- 63%
Wisconsin - 53%

So 3/6 times, we were above our average. Worth mentioning I could attribute the reduced production in the Wisconsin game to us not taking them as seriously the 2nd time around. Duke, Iowa, and Baylor are games we were very excited about so I'd especially focus on those.
 
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#534      
Is he much better than Giorgi? Would Giorgi put up those type of numbers in that conference that Krutwig does? Unless he has an outside jumper, seems like a wash. JMO.
Joe Lunardi (Always seems down on Illini, but...) This is an excerpt on his contribution to an article about POY candidates:

"Honorable mention to Cameron Krutwig of Loyola Chicago. The best mid-major player in the country went to the Final Four as a freshman and is headed back to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Kofi Cockburn is rightfully praised, but he's not even the best center in his own state."
 
#535      
I was curious to see how we shot our free throws against quality opponents. I feel like we always manage to hit them for the big games.
Season average = 69%
According to Google, 70% is a good free throw %

Our free throw % for the following games:
Iowa - 82%
Duke - 75%
Baylor - 62%
Ohio State - 70%
Wisconsin Round 1- 63%
Wisconsin - 53%

So 3/6 times, we were above our average. Worth mentioning I could attribute the reduced production in the Wisconsin game to us not taking them as seriously the 2nd time around. Duke, Iowa, and Baylor are games we were very excited about so I'd especially focus on those.
Pretty much just depends on how Kofi And Giorgi shoot. Rest of the team not great but not horrible either. Michigan can’t spare a lot of fouls at the 5.
 
#536      
I was curious to see how we shot our free throws against quality opponents. I feel like we always manage to hit them for the big games.
Season average = 69%
According to Google, 70% is a good free throw %

Our free throw % for the following games:
Iowa - 82%
Duke - 75%
Baylor - 62%
Ohio State - 70%
Wisconsin Round 1- 63%
Wisconsin - 53%

So 3/6 times, we were above our average. Worth mentioning I could attribute the reduced production in the Wisconsin game to us not taking them as seriously the 2nd time around. Duke, Iowa, and Baylor are games we were very excited about so I'd especially focus on those.
We shot 70% in Madison on Sunday including hitting our last 10.
 
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Joe Lunardi (Always seems down on Illini, but...) This is an excerpt on his contribution to an article about POY candidates:

"Honorable mention to Cameron Krutwig of Loyola Chicago. The best mid-major player in the country went to the Final Four as a freshman and is headed back to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Kofi Cockburn is rightfully praised, but he's not even the best center in his own state."
🤷🏼‍♂️ Really?
 
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Joe Lunardi (Always seems down on Illini, but...) This is an excerpt on his contribution to an article about POY candidates:

"Honorable mention to Cameron Krutwig of Loyola Chicago. The best mid-major player in the country went to the Final Four as a freshman and is headed back to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Kofi Cockburn is rightfully praised, but he's not even the best center in his own state."
Lunardi is a complete doofus. Krutwig is a helluva player but that is a patently absurd take
 
#542      
Joe Lunardi (Always seems down on Illini, but...) This is an excerpt on his contribution to an article about POY candidates:

"Honorable mention to Cameron Krutwig of Loyola Chicago. The best mid-major player in the country went to the Final Four as a freshman and is headed back to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Kofi Cockburn is rightfully praised, but he's not even the best center in his own state."

Kofi is averaging 17.7 ppg, 9.9 rbg, 1.3 bpg, 66.8% from the field
Krutwig is getting 15.0 ppg, 6.5 rbg. 1.1 bpg, 58.6% from the field

Kofi is better in every metric and plays against MUCH better competition. If Krutwig was on our team, he'd be a backup. Lunardi's comment is laughable.
 
#544      
Kofi is averaging 17.7 ppg, 9.9 rbg, 1.3 bpg, 66.8% from the field
Krutwig is getting 15.0 ppg, 6.5 rbg. 1.1 bpg, 58.6% from the field

Kofi is better in every metric and plays against MUCH better competition. If Krutwig was on our team, he'd be a backup. Lunardi's comment is laughable.
TBF Krutwig has better advanced defensive metrics, half as many fouls committed, and 3 assists to Kofi's 0.1. (I think Kofi is better, just pointing it out)
 
#546      
Grand Island Ne
Joe Lunardi (Always seems down on Illini, but...) This is an excerpt on his contribution to an article about POY candidates:

"Honorable mention to Cameron Krutwig of Loyola Chicago. The best mid-major player in the country went to the Final Four as a freshman and is headed back to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Kofi Cockburn is rightfully praised, but he's not even the best center in his own state."
I don't like Lunardi so I am biased when I say this is the stupidest thing I have ever heard a supposed college bball expert say.

Krutwig is really good and would make a great replacement for Kofi but if you're picking between one or the other and you don't pick Kofi then you are one of the first four in the Lunardi dumb@ss bracket.
 
#549      
Joe Lunardi (Always seems down on Illini, but...) This is an excerpt on his contribution to an article about POY candidates:

"Honorable mention to Cameron Krutwig of Loyola Chicago. The best mid-major player in the country went to the Final Four as a freshman and is headed back to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Kofi Cockburn is rightfully praised, but he's not even the best center in his own state."

Hot takes for $1,000,000, Alex.

FWIW, I think Krutwig is an outstanding player.
 
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