Illini Basketball 2021-2022

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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.
Think there was a guy called Butkus who wore 51. Not sure anyone remembers him.
 
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Did Butkus play basketball at Illinois too, because I believe he wore 50 for Illini on football field. Or maybe you don’t remember that. 😎
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Winged Warrior
Think there was a guy called Butkus who wore 51. Not sure anyone remembers him.

Actually #51 would have been Bruce Capel: The Original Hitter from Glenbard...where he actually wore #50 before joining the Illini and giving that up for obvious reasons!


Edit: and also Go Illini basketball!! :giggle:
 
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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 don’t know if he could hit all of those numbers, but watching him play, it’s like there is visible improvement in all facets of his game with each game he plays. It has really amazed me. So… who knows? Maybe.
 
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When was the last time an active Illini player (or any Illini player for that matter) threw out the first pitch for the Cubs? This seems to be a first... and pretty good awareness by Cubs brass about Curbelo's talent!
To bad the Cubbies front office lost their "awareness" for baseball talent back around 2015-2016 somewhere. Maybe BU and his staff can help them with searching out potential stars in their spare time?
 
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chitown
Especially arguing that a 40% 3PT > 50% 3PT


right because you run around all the time claiming Bobby Portis and his 47% from three for the first time in his life now makes him just as good of a shooter as Steph Curry and his 42% in fact everyone does right because .....percentages .

Tyler Underwood shot 100% so hes the best ever ...right ?

All anyone really claimed is that its not accurate to claim hes one of the best shooters in the country because its unfair to him because its basically ignoring all context.

With the NCAA hes not ranked at all in the official stats because he flat out didnt shoot enough but ESPN included everyone who attempted on average 2 attempts and who played in 75% of the games so Damonte as shown above is first . So as a board since we know that Damonte is the #1 returning shooter in the country according to ESPN lets see how much they mention it heading into the season .Its gonna be interesting to monitor as they showcase us having the best big man , arguably the best point guard ,and the best shooter in college basketball.
 
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When was the last time an active Illini player (or any Illini player for that matter) threw out the first pitch for the Cubs? This seems to be a first... and pretty good awareness by Cubs brass about Curbelo's talent!
I know Ayo and family was at the Sox game within the last few years, but I don't remember if he threw out the first pitch or not. I was busy at the picnic buffet
 
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Just a few months back a lot of people were in a sky is falling mode as both Chin and OA moved onto the U of K program....for whatever reasons losing those 2 may be a setback for our program....but seeing what BU and JW have been able to do in putting together basically an entire AC staff in just a few months really speaks volumes to their abilities.....this staff appears to be every bit as strong as the previous staff....time will tell....but initial indications are we have recovered quite nicely
 
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Just a few months back a lot of people were in a sky is falling mode as both Chin and OA moved onto the U of K program....for whatever reasons losing those 2 may be a setback for our program....but seeing what BU and JW have been able to do in putting together basically an entire AC staff in just a few months really speaks volumes to their abilities.....this staff appears to be every bit as strong as the previous staff....time will tell....but initial indications are we have recovered quite nicely
This has got to be one of the best positions UofI basketball has been in during July in recent memory. They are really just looking to put the cherries on top of the class
 
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