Would you believe me if I told you that Georgi is shooting over 30% on threes so far this year? I'm not saying give him the green light, but I would be open to having the coaching staff work with him on that. If Georgi could make the three-ball a legitimate part of his arsenal, that would do a lot to spread the floor and create room for Kofi.
One would expect everyone's numbers to go up against the cupcakes.I don’t know where you got your number from. Against Arizona, Miami, Mizzou, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue (the high-majors) he averaged About 14.6 ppg. Against the rest (low-majors) he averaged about 16.5 ppg. That is about 2 ppg, not 7. And if that is still a big difference to some folks, I think that is nit-picking.
Fair enough -- I didn't say I wanted GB to chuck threes like he was Stephen Curry, at least not all at once. His percentage comes on relatively few shots from beyond the arc and I've seen what you see -- defenders dropping back. But the point is, he's taken them and made enough of them that it's worth building on. If he makes a few more, those defenders will have to start leaving the paint.Every time he got it out beyond the 3 point line you could see his defender back off and dare him to shoot it. Basically taking away the ability for GB to feed it in to Kofi like he was doing earlier in the season. BU needs to either get him hitting them at a GOOD clip when wide-open or find some other scheme that stops our opponents from playing 5-on-4 when GB has the ball beyond the arc.
Don't know where to post this; maybe we need Illini general post.
But as for the unis last night: yes, 1978-79 Illini with Eddie Johnson! What a player. 15-0, beat Magic and #1 MSU but fizzled down the road. Why? Can't remember. What went wrong?
But I love that retro look which, to me, is a heckuva lot better than more modern uniforms. That diamond action on the shorts, the script on the jersey, the colors are balanced ... clean, crisp.
Just google 1979 Illini basketball uniforms and you should find a team picture.
Media guides are great, get one for Illini basketball stats and history.
It appears to me that Ayo is taking it to the rim more frequently and finishing at a very high rate. He also seems much better at the mid range shot. However. He certainly isn’t shooting well enough from three to be a lottery pick.One would expect everyone's numbers to go up against the cupcakes.
I would imagine most of Kofi's freshmen of the week awards have come against the likes of Hampton, Old Dominion, North Carolina A and T and so forth
One would expect some decline in production when one gets into the Big 10
Particularly in Ayos case where his points come primarily in transition and in driving the basket, much more difficult in the Big 10
You are correct about 7-11 Big 10, 7th place finish. And thanks for the info about Lanter.Steve Lanter severely hurt his knee, I believe, in the game that followed the MSU victory. 15-0 up until then and, as we always used to say, "Number 1 in the country for two days (following the MSU win)." Played tOSU with Carter Scott, Herb Williams, Kelvin Ransey, etc the next game and lost. Without Lanter at point, could never get back what we had for the first 15 games. Didn't we go something like 7-11 in the B10 that year? Lanter never came back healthy, IIRC, and ended up playing at McKendree College with his brother for the last year or two of his career. And, yes, that was the MSU team with Magic, Kelser and Vincent that won the NC that year.
Au contraire - based on the Purdue message boards I bored myself with the other night, you would think the entire Purdue roster was a dumpster fire. They are not used to sucking (yet), so the vitriol was pretty over the top and Painter was getting lit up almost as much as his players. Even the intra-fanbase antagonism was off the charts.Pretty sure there is no "let's fire Painter" or "this program is burning" thread over in their neck of the woods.
Of course you are correct. The conversation was about Ayo, so that’s what my comments were directed to, but thanks for pointing out my omission.Only player with a good game against MSU? AG with 17 points, 9 rebounds, an assist, steal and perfect from the line. 5-9 shooting and also played 9 less mins.
GCU is high major. I'm glad you can see his point.I included Hawaii and GCU in my numbers as well. I can see why you wouldn't, just how I looked at it.
Maybe my standards differ from yours but 17 pts in 5 of 9 shooting, 9 rebounds, 0 fouls, and 0 turnovers in 25 minutes is pretty great. So I’d nominate Griffin as having a good game @MSU in addition to Ayo. Arguably a better game even.He also was the only player with a good game against MSU. A pretty decent P5 program from what I’ve read.
This, and most likely teams having enough tape to scout him well.Based on the eye test, I don't see the confidence and play-making he showed at times last year. There's still a lot of ball left this year, and a lot of tough opponents to play. Every one of those is an opportunity.
Apparently they have a better view of our coach than you do:One of the guys on FS1 said he could see us playing into the second week of the tournament after the game lol. It’s not just fans.
They said no turnovers on the radio. Maybe the stats were updated. Outstanding either way. I hope to see more of him with the ball in his hands. I haven’t seen it discussed, but I wonder if playing off the ball puts a taller defender on him making it more difficult to get a clean look.33 minutes and only one TO. Painter took note in his postgame conference.