Illini Basketball 2021-2022

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#52      
He had one game with double digit rebounds last year.
He had zero games with double digit assists last year.
The P5 player with the most assists last season (Sahvir Wheeler - UGA) had 8 double digit assist games.

Obviously, his minutes will be up, but double digit rebound OR double digit assists will be rare. So I’ll take the under on 5 … or on 2.5.
I used the 3 games he played while AYO was out as my measurement, small sample size I know.. but I like the fact you believe at he will have more than 1 :).
 
#53      
I want to go on record here and now. 5 Predictions over the next 5 days.

Prediction #1

I believe Andre will have AT LEAST 5 Triple Doubles this season.



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Prediction #2

Kofi EOY stat line:

Points: 22.2
Rebounds: 12.5
Blocks 2.5
FG% 73.5%
FT %: 71%

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#55      
I think a big gripe about calling him the best shooter in the country is that he averages 5.7 ppg. If he was the best shooter in the country shouldn't he be shooting more?
Interesting in that out of the top ten averages above, he has the 5th most shots.
 
#56      
He isn't making 70% of his FTs. If he does, he is going to get 30+ a game. He will become plan A, B, and C offensively.
70% free throw is the key for him being a first rounder

and I believe he avg 67% FT at home last season ... it was on the road that KOFI was in the 50% area shooting free throws... now...a year later.. I believe 65% is his floor... remember.. bold predications. :)
 
#57      
University of Illinois
70% free throw is the key for him being a first rounder

and I believe he avg 67% FT at home last season ... it was on the road that KOFI was in the 50% area shooting free throws... now...a year later.. I believe 65% is his floor... remember.. bold predications. :)
Kofi can absolutely be a 70% FT shooter. His form is good. Whether he does, remains to be seen.
 
#59      
Urbana, IL
Regarding DaMonte: I understand your argument about his success on a percentage level. It was great to have him take that stride. I'm not going to complain about him as a basketball player in any way. However, there are a lot of guys in college basketball that would shoot around that percentage if they were the last focus of the defense and didn't shoot a lot, and rarely moving or a defender on them. The trick is having a quick release, moving to get open, etc.

Mark Titus has said numerous times (and I'm sure it's not a novel thought) that you shouldn't shoot much over 40% as a three-point shooter. If you are shooting that high %, you should be shooting more! In this case, I'm not sure DaMonte should be, as he doesn't create his shot, etc. I'm okay with him just drilling the open shots, playing good team ball, and excellent defense. That is an important contribution to a team, even without being "one of the best shooters in the country."
Nah. I am pretty sure by the time conference play rolled around, teams took notice of his shooting ability. He was not what is bolded above.
 
#61      
compared to the rest of the country yes he did

35-64 doesn't even get him ranked nationally and there are 64 players in D1 that made as many threes as DMW attempted including his new teammate Plummer .

He made 35 threes over 3 seasons and then made 35 threes in one season and now hes one of the best shooters in the country ? As I said from the start I don't understand why fans would even do that to him .

DMW is great at what he does and the ultimate glue guy and hes a great clutch shooter but hes not one of the best shooters in the country.
Don't you understand that when a new ceiling of success has been reached in Illinois athletics, it automatically becomes the new floor of success for future expectations?
 
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Prediction #2

Kofi EOY stat line:

Points: 22.2
Rebounds: 12.5
Blocks 2.5
FG% 73.5%
FT %: 71%

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I think the NBA guys would like to see a column for "Assists" out there too. And, if possible (knowing BU, this one is absolutely possible) a column for "Points from mid-range"!!
 
#64      
Prediction #2

Kofi EOY stat line:

Points: 22.2
Rebounds: 12.5
Blocks 2.5
FG% 73.5%
FT %: 71%

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So we have two unanimous first team all Americans and three bold predictions left?

Guessing 3 is about Hutch, 4 is about Freshman, and 5 is about winning it all.
 
#65      
Was wondering if the new guys had picked their uniform numbers yet or not, so I checked fightingillini.com and there is no number listed by their names. That led to me thinking about what number I'd pick if I was in their shoes. Instead of taking a "popular" number, would it be "cooler" to take a less used number and be known as the best guy to wear that number in Illinois history? So I did some research, going back to to 1980 and seeing which uniform numbers get used and which ones don't.

If a newcomer wants to be known for a certain jersey number in Illinois history, then they should definitely pick number 51 or 53. Only 2 players (Ed Cisowski and Brian Thiede) have played a game with #51 and they each played in one game. Only 1 player (John Steele) has played a game wearing #53 and he played in 4 games.
 
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Was wondering if the new guys had picked their uniform numbers yet or not, so I checked fightingillini.com and there is no number listed by their names. That led to me thinking about what number I'd pick if I was in their shoes. Instead of taking a "popular" number, would it be "cooler" to take a less used number and be known as the best guy to wear that number in Illinois history? So I did some research, going back to to 1980 and seeing which uniform numbers get used and which ones don't.

If a newcomer wants to be known for a certain jersey number in Illinois history, then they should definitely pick number 51 or 53. Only 2 players (Ed Cisowski and Brian Thiede) have played a game with #51 and they each played in one game. Only 1 player (John Steele) has played a game wearing #53 and he played in 4 games.
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#73      
I think a big gripe about calling him the best shooter in the country is that he averages 5.7 ppg. If he was the best shooter in the country shouldn't he be shooting more?
How about DMW shot amoung the highest percentages in the country.

He is a good shooter and I'd rather him shoot it than a freshman everyone says is a great shooter when he shot 23% and will be behind DMW and Jacob. There's a hypocrisy in some fans reasoning around here.
 
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