Illini Basketball 2022-2023

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I think the key to this splendid team Underwood is putting together is Dainja. How good will he be? We've never seen footage of him in a college game, even though we have seen AAU highlights, etc. We need him to be a lethal force in the paint as a scorer. We need him to attract double teams and know how to pass effectively out of them. We need him to feel free and be a threat in the mid-range game. And we need him to rebound. I believe he's got all those capabilities, but we haven't seen him bring them to the court, esp. against good competition. I have very high hopes for him, especially since he's had so much action in practice over these many months.
 
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I think the key to this splendid team Underwood is putting together is Dainja. How good will he be? We've never seen footage of him in a college game, even though we have seen AAU highlights, etc. We need him to be a lethal force in the paint as a scorer. We need him to attract double teams and know how to pass effectively out of them. We need him to feel free and be a threat in the mid-range game. And we need him to rebound. I believe he's got all those capabilities, but we haven't seen him bring them to the court, esp. against good competition. I have very high hopes for him, especially since he's had so much action in practice over these many months.
Giorgi's frosh year he averaged 12.5 ppg and I think we will see that from Dain. More important will be his rebounding and defense. The 7’8” wingspan (vs Kofi’s 7’4”) should make that possible but will depend on attitude. I agree that he is the key and good words from the staff are encouraging.
Would like the alpha dog to be Skyy but have no idea if he is the “guy”. Ayo scored 13.8 ppl his frosh year and would like a similar number from Skyy. Maybe Ty can be the guy but see Dain and Skyy as the positions that are key despite our positionless offense. My emotions say this is the year and my logic says we are a year away.
 
#179      
After seeing a rerun of TTech vs Kansas, I have a couple of questions.
1. Watched Shannon closely for about 10 minutes. From comments I have read here and elsewhere, I was led to believe he was somewhat of an alpha dog a both ends....but that did not show up on tape I saw. TT had several athletic, hard-working, aggressive players, a couple who were definitely leaders and alpha dogs, but TSJ was not one of those types. He was a role player with shooting skills that his team badly needed...and he did his job. He has physical talent and BB skills but I was hoping he would prove to be the leader like DW and TF...both missing and needing replacement. Can he be that guy?
2.. Which brings me to another question about our other 5th year guy. Is Mayer a leader on the floor? This team of newbies sorely needs veteran leadership on the floor and the only player on the roster that I have seen with my own eyes that has the qualities to lead and motivate others is Goode who many posters seem to want to make fun of rather than credit with a myriad of sorely needed skills like shooting, defense, rebounding, and the willingness and physicality to be a B1G warrior every night.

This team needs leadership in the worst way. Who can provide that?

Well, to paraphrase Shakespeare, "Some are born leaders, some achieve leadership, and some have leadership thrust upon them". It seems to me in my years of watching Illinois basketball if there is not an obvious alpha dog on the team, the coaches try to encourage someone to assume that role. Or the coaches will pick someone they think should be the alpha dog and encourage that person to take that role. And other times just due to the team or player dynamics, someone assumes the role. That is, for instance, for both TSJ and Mayer, their situations are different than where they were last year so they may also have a different mindset in regards to becoming leaders. Maybe it was not needed where they were but now they may actually relish the role to show what they can do and impress NBA scouts or something. I am sure the coaches are telling them that they are more experienced, more mature, and whatever, and are being encouraged to become the leaders (unless there is someone already who, unbeknownst to us, has assumed that role). Unfortunately, unless we hear rumors about an emerging alpha dog, we are just going to have to wait and see.
 
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What's a "buy" game?

Opponent (typically a lower level D1 team) agrees to play a road game with no contractual right to a reciprocal home game. Home opponent pays guaranteed amount to visiting team to get a home game with no strings attached.

Can be a significant source of budget $ for lower level programs with limited resources, but usually comes at the expense of adding Ls to their win-loss record (which in turn, can adversely impact, post-season chances/seeding, so the low/mid majors need to get the balance right if they have post-season tournament aspirations).
 
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#181      
Opponent (typically a lower level D1 team) agrees to play a road game with no contractual right to a reciprocal home game. Home opponent pays guaranteed amount to visiting team to get a home game with no strings attached.

Can be a significant source of budget $ for lower level programs with limited resources, but usually comes at the expense of adding Ls to their win-loss record (which in turn, can adversely impact, post-season chances/seeding, so the low/mid majors need to get the balance right if they have post-season tournament aspirations).

^This. As the link I provided in my original post showed, Illinois is paying these schools to come play in Champaign. EIU is getting $100,000. Alabama A&M is getting $92,500. Bethune-Cookman is getting $95,000.
 
#182      
From EIU’s perspective, does a loss to the Illini carry more weight than a victory over a Bethune Cookman type? I’m not sure how the rankings work.
 
#183      
I don't know if I "bye" into this "buy" game stuff. ;)
 
#184      

Tacomallini

Washington State
I mean, we already have some marquee matchups this season (as Dan helpfully points out on the first post of these threads):

Illinois in the Las Vegas Main Event (with Baylor, UCLA, Virginia)
Nov. 18 & 20, T-Mobile Arena
Illinois Sections: 11-15

Illinois to host Syracuse in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Nov. 29th

Illinois vs Texas in the Jimmy V Classic
Dec. 6th, Madison Square Garden
Can’t sleep on Miznoz either, even if it’s a rebuild year for them. Other than not having a Gavitt game, I’m pretty excited about the non conference. The ‘cupcakes’ will let BU get some different looks, hopefully see the Illini put up some 100 point games.
 
#185      

texillwek

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Texas
Can’t sleep on Miznoz either, even if it’s a rebuild year for them. Other than not having a Gavitt game, I’m pretty excited about the non conference. The ‘cupcakes’ will let BU get some different looks, hopefully see the Illini put up some 100 point games.
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#186      
From EIU’s perspective, does a loss to the Illini carry more weight than a victory over a Bethune Cookman type? I’m not sure how the rankings work.
Basically irrelevant either way. Whatever way happens to their advanced ratings really (so how efficiently did they blow Bethune Cookman out, did they efficiently sort of hang around against Illinois?) NCAA/NIT are autobids or bust as is, and CBI/CIT will take whatever semi-decent mid-majors are willing to pay to play in it (usually more veteran teams that want to send their teams out in style).
 
#187      

chiefini

Rockford, Illinois
Not sure where to put this, but the 2020 season ending Iowa vs Illinois game is on BTN right now, just starting the second half if anyone is interested…:illinois:
:hailtotheorange::chief::hailtotheorange:
 
#188      
This is our most promising freshmen class as a whole in years. The Big 3 Fresh all will make a significant impact one way or another.

Dain is a player. Staff LOVES him. RJ is showing that he’s poised for a big jump this year. TSJ and Coleman looking as you would expect. Going to be a really fun year once this team gels.
What's the word on Sencire? I'm hoping he stays engaged even if his freshman peers end up getting more playing time.
 
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