Illinois 76, Michigan 53 Postgame

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The BigTen office needs to get a clue and announce that there will be a Co-Chamionship if the Team with the most wins doesn't have the best winning percentage.
Or just announce that Illinois gave the Champ a historic beat down in their home court without their POY candidate.
 
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JFGsCoffeeMug

BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
Curbelo gets called for a foul about once a game for swiping at a ball on a steal attempt but missing horribly. Then he does that shoulder shrug thing before walking over to the bench. Then he has a conversation with BU where it looks like from Curbelo's body language that he's saying he has no idea why he was called for a foul there, and from BU's body language it looks like BU's responding that he's explained this multiple times to him at this point and it shouldn't be confusing anymore.

I chuckle every time I see this progression play out.
 
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JFGsCoffeeMug

BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
Illinois has 6 losses by a total of 37 points.

Michigan has 2 losses by a total of 41 points.

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#455      
Who hated on Belo? The most critical thing I've seen is along the lines of "this dude is amazing but he really needs to cut out the dumb freshman turnovers."
Oh man you're lucky to have missed the hot takes! Before his near triple double last week he had been in a bit of a scoring slump and had some bad turnover games. People on here were saying he was regressing and that his minutes should be cut. To me, this game puts to bed any of that talk.
 
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As much as Howard has been admonished this season for the whole scheduling thing, and perhaps rightly so, I actually appreciated his post-game interview. Not petulant and whinny like Fran or Izzy. Was quick to tip his hat to the illini. Used the correct names. Took accountability. You know, actually behaved as a professional.

Oh, and more importantly, I haven’t enjoyed an Illinois game that much in YEARS. I love this team.
I read here that (Sh)Izzo mispronounced Ayo’s name pre-game and heard him mispronounce Kofi’s last name - intentional? I think so - I have no respect for that tool.
 
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Calillini

Now appearing in Tampa
Oh man you're lucky to have missed the hot takes! Before his near triple double last week he had been in a bit of a scoring slump and had some bad turnover games. People on here were saying he was regressing and that his minutes should be cut. To me, this game puts to bed any of that talk.
I think with Ayo out, we now clearly see how he changes or controls the dynamic when he comes in. Tune in next year. I predict all BIG Belo
 
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Curbelo gets called for a foul about once a game for swiping at a ball on a steal attempt but missing horribly. Then he does that shoulder shrug thing before walking over to the bench. Then he has a conversation with BU where it looks like from Curbelo's body language that he's saying he has no idea why he was called for a foul there, and from BU's body language it looks like BU's responding that he's explained this multiple times to him at this point and it shouldn't be confusing anymore.

I chuckle every time I see this progression play out.
I know what you mean, but I think sometimes he literally doesn't touch anything. Or he just hits the ball and it doesn't jar loose. But it's tough to see for sure of course. Even for refs. I believe it's just a call they make based on how aggressive it looks.
 
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rbillini

Redondo Beach, Ca
I read here that (Sh)Izzo mispronounced Ayo’s name pre-game and heard him mispronounce Kofi’s last name - intentional? I think so - I have no respect for that tool.

I don’t think Coach Azz ‘ole would intentionally mispronounce Ayo’s name. He’s one of the best coaches in the BIG. I have all the respect in the world for Coach Azz ‘ole.
 
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I read here that (Sh)Izzo mispronounced Ayo’s name pre-game and heard him mispronounce Kofi’s last name - intentional? I think so - I have no respect for that tool.
Correct - somehow he didn’t know how to pronounce Ayo’s name when he was wishing him a speedy recovery from his flagrant attack he ordered - you know, the National player of the year candidate that has been in your conference for 3 years!
 
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I know what you mean, but I think sometimes he literally doesn't touch anything. Or he just hits the ball and it doesn't jar loose. But it's tough to see for sure of course. Even for refs. I believe it's just a call they make based on how aggressive it looks.
Is it just me or does he mostly do this right after making a mistake on offense? Guess he feels the need to make up for the TO by taking it back, but then just compounds the issue.

Oh well, that's coachable. Can't teach his innate feel for the game. I'll bet my beach tent that he's on pre-season draft boards next fall...and not down at the bottom.
 
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altgeld88

Bethesda, Maryland
BU seemingly mispronounced Livers' name in the post-game interview.
Well, frankly, if I were Isaiah I'd rather my last name were pronounced "Lye-vers" than "Lih-vers."

Every time I hear his name for some reason I think of chicken livers. And a bad Chinese take-out experience in that old mall at 6th and Green, c. 1987.
 
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altgeld88

Bethesda, Maryland
Sorry for the multiple posts. Have been away all afternoon and am batch processing.

I saw this earlier and found it interesting. All Illini teams ranked according to a system that includes point differentials and strength-of schedule going back to 1950.

I haven't thought deeply about how valid this is. However, it shows that all earlier (as in: last week) kvetching about this team might be a wee bit misplaced ;)


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BU seemingly mispronounced Livers' name in the post-game interview.
Coaches probably don't watch the broadcasts with the sound up listening to the commentators pronounce the kids' names correctly. I just really doubt any coach is going to mispronounce a name just to be a jerk
 
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JFGsCoffeeMug

BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
Is it just me or does he mostly do this right after making a mistake on offense? Guess he feels the need to make up for the TO by taking it back, but then just compounds the issue.

Oh well, that's coachable. Can't teach his innate feel for the game. I'll bet my beach tent that he's on pre-season draft boards next fall...and not down at the bottom.
Absolutely. After a bad TO, Curbelo often does one of two things: (1) the swipe that leads to a foul call; or (2) multiple body bumps which result in a foul call.

But none of that diminishes his significant contributions to our team success. And, yes, coaching and more experience will help Curbelo to minimize those types of mistakes moving forward.

I also think it's worth considering that part of what makes Curbelo great is the emotion and intensity he brings to the court every single night. Emotion and intensity can easily lead to bad decisions and mental mistakes in the heat of the moment. You can teach Curbelo to channel and control those things better in the future, but I doubt you can ever fully remove that from his game. It's an exciting and invaluable part of his huge potential as a player.
 
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skyIdub

Winged Warrior
What is very apparent to me now is that Curbelo is a quicker, more skilled version of Dre' Feliz. He's showing that bulldog mentality now. Getting to the rim, rebounding his tail off, and just getting after it. Throw 20 lbs. on him and there is no ceiling. I mean, he's rebounding like he's 6'5" 200 already!

2023 Lottery pick.
 
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What is very apparent to me now is that Curbelo is a quicker, more skilled version of Dre' Feliz. He's showing that bulldog mentality now. Getting to the rim, rebounding his tail off, and just getting after it. Throw 20 lbs. on him and there is no ceiling. I mean, he's rebounding like he's 6'5" 200 already!

2023 Lottery pick.
Hopefully 2024 but yeah 😉
 
#475      
What is very apparent to me now is that Curbelo is a quicker, more skilled version of Dre' Feliz. He's showing that bulldog mentality now. Getting to the rim, rebounding his tail off, and just getting after it. Throw 20 lbs. on him and there is no ceiling. I mean, he's rebounding like he's 6'5" 200 already!

2023 Lottery pick.
well, that would be interesting. I really don't have much of a clue, but how does he compare to Juwan Evans?