Never liked Duke, but at least respected Coach K...until the whole Grayson Allen "suspension." I don't think Duke is a very good team right now, but they have ultra-talented players. It was awkward listening to, I think it was Bilas, talking about where Duke will get their scoring from. Duke has six high school 5-star players, and a total of nine high school top-100 (lowest player, minus the transfer and Goldwire, they have on the roster was ranked 52). By the end of the season, they'll be a very good team.I have a feeling Duke will drop out of the top 25 this season. Quote me
I was thinking the same thing. Miller and Curbelo both committed to a team loaded with upperclassman at their positions and both played 20+ meaningful minutes in Cameron tonight.How can a recruit not want to have this much fun? Ask Miller, Hawkins, & Cubelo. Build the program and they will come!!!
It's all about confidence. Last year, trying to adjust to Kofi threw Giorgi off. Another great example of confidence is Damonte Williams. He always had that in him, but the injury at the end of high school took a lot out of him physically and mentally.Georgi is looking solid this year.. and he finally got that sweet baby hook to fall.
Whats so 'ehhh' about a double-double against a top 10 team on the road?More turnovers than assists, duke murdered us in offensive boards (but that happens when they miss a lot and we don't). Kofi and Ayo had ehh games again and we still win by 15. We're legit. Crazy how much depth we'll have when Hawkins and Grandson figure it out.
I would not call it a below average game. Illinois was very good at times and careless at others. Effort was there the whole game. It was a very good game for the Illini except for one stat, which has been a problem this year - turnovers.This was a below avg. game for the Illini...and you can be certain BU and the players know that. The game was won because one team shot the lights out and the other was shooting in the dark...pretty simple. Never seen a Duke team shoot that poorly...or for that matter....very few Illini teams shoot that well....since 1956 when we got our first TV and I started watching Manny Jackson and Govoner Vaughn compliments of Chesty potato chips. Likely we will never see such a disparity with the poorer shooting team walking away with a win. But that ultimately is what basketball is all about....putting the ball in the basket. However, the rest of the play was at very best average. It will be a good win on the resume, but for anyone watching, until this team cleans up the turnovers, passing, bad fouls, and free throw shooting, they will be beatable by the Ohios and Northwesterns on the schedule and struggle to get past the Second Round.
But do that, and they can beat anyone. They can do and accomplish whatever they set their minds to. With a willingness to listen to the coaches and work hard, they can achieve beyond their dreams. Anything worth accomplishing at that level comes with discipline and hard work. Just do it!
wasn't the 95' game we won at Duke the one with about 22 turnovers?I would not call it a below average game. Illinois was very good at times and careless at others. Effort was there the whole game. It was a very good game for the Illini except for one stat, which has been a problem this year - turnovers.