Glad he's owning it because that one is on him. Love BU, but the D and O schemes were just head scratching. And if your team is not engaged - full court press and/or sit them down and get people in who are hungry.Haven't seen it, but bet Underwood takes all the blame for losing. His high character will come out. "Gotta put our guys in a better position to succeed". "Hats off to Loyola". "They are elite at: ___ and ___." There really isn't much more to say.
If Kofi does come back I would like to see him get a better touch around the rim, better passing and better footwork. I love the dunks but making quicker decisions and being in better position to score will help so much.Kofi back next year would be a dream and give me Hope that we could be a replay Virginia in 2019.
We have great guard players coming back no matter what....pros to Adam today...he kept us reasonably close down stretch.
I agree that he didn't seem to be the same player after getting the mask. Not making excuses, Loyola handled us today. Gotta give them credit for playing a great game. Being a long-time Illini, I am handling this disappointment OK although I was hoping for at least a Final Four run. One great thing about sports is that we'll do it all again in a few months (and there's football in between). Thanks to our guys for the excellent season they put together. Looking forward to the future.I think that Ayo's injury/mask impacted him more than he let on. He seemed to lose his dribble frequently and wasn't as aggressive going to the basket. All-time great Illini for sure, clearly wasn't at 100% later in the season
Very good synopsis Miles. Just the way I thought it would happen. Having seen the Ramblers and Krutwig play many times, it was no surprise. Playing good basketball, with great planning, wonderful execution, and confidence, the Ramblers schooled both the team and the staff on what level they must work in the big Dance. Underwood seemed to think that the athletic advantage along with the recent defensive level of play, would be enough. It wasn't. Loyola's game plan was well thought out and executed. The Ramblers negated the athletic advantage by playing their game flawlessly while outperforming the Illini with sound defensive effort and strategy. We have seen it a million times....it works.Hats off to Loyola. They had an incredible game plan and stuck to it for the full 40. They outplayed, out-executed, and outhustled us from start to finish. They are a good, experienced team who no doubt had the added motivation of wanting to knock out the flagship state school on the biggest stage of them all.
It hurts, but it is what it is. Nothing we can do but learn from this and hopefully we'll be better next year for it.
This is also a team that had to go to overtime to beat Nebraska and Indiana, lost at home to Maryland, and barely beat Ohio University, again at home. Not to mention losing almost wire to wire to Michigan State. No real run from Illinois in that game either. Also, think about the Northwestern game on the road where they were throughly outplayed for one half but a bad Northwestern team, only to have a second half for the ages. I said it before - this team had a tendency to play down to its competition, other than, for some reason, Minnesota, which Illinois thoroughly dominated.I don't know who you've been watching, but the team I've been following won 14 of its last 15 games, playing in a conference that this season was historically tough by D-1 standards.