We have guards to back up Ayo but the backup for Kofi left also and the drop off of talent is huge. Omar replaces Giorgi but still leaves a huge hole. Hawk and BBV are potentially very good but unproven. Really not worried about offense but defense and rebounding are a concern.Not an answer to my question. The simple fact is that we can-we did-win without Ayo. And we can win without Kofi. Would I have liked to see them back? Sure. But the world isn’t going to end without them.
I’m amused, actually, by all the experts who are certain that Illinois will be middle of the B1G this year.