Pregame: Illinois at Iowa, Saturday, February 4th, 1:30pm CT, FOX

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Plain and simple shoot from 3 like last night game goes in the L column. Not worried about our defense but more 3’s have to fall.
Defending of the 3 is even more important I think, Iowa (especially Sandfort) is just deadly with those.
 
#55      
Three keys to this game
1. Our offense needs to show up can’t score 20 in a half
2. Have to limit their free throw attempts. They shoot over 20 most games
3. Our 3 point defense needs to be there
 
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altgeld88

Arlington, Virginia
Thanks for that Cedar Rapids Gazette article on the 1952 "riot." Interesting history of which I was unaware. IMO the Iowa-Illinois bad blood matches MSU-Michigan for nastiness.

The article listed strange periods when certain BT teams didn't play each other in football back when the conference had 9 or 10 teams. They missed one: Purdue and Ohio State didn't play between 1970 and 1975.
 
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Iowa is
119th in 3PA
104 in 3PM
126 in 2P%
67 in 2PA
52 in 2PM
30 in FTA (@21.8, but we are 111 @19.3, not much different)
86 in FT%
So how are they a top 5 in offensive efficiency? I think there are some fine margins in these stats. obviously
 
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They play fast without turning it over much. Look at it, they have the most field goal attempts per game in the Big Ten and most free throw attempts (those 2.4 attempts more per game than Illinois, for instance, do add up, especially when they MAKE 3 more per game than we do..) and they're 10th in terms of turnovers per game (we are 1st). All four teams that turn it over less are much slower tempo and 3 of the 4 (all but Michigan) are bottom 1/3 in terms of tempo in all of college basketball.

All those ranks are out of 363 teams in D1 fwiw. In general, they are just very well balanced in each of the four offensive factors (effective field goal %, offensive rebounding, free throw-field goal attempt ratio and turnovers). And when you watch them play, it's evident, Murray is a certified bucket getter who can score on all three levels and is a go-to guy. Rebreca is a skilled forward who draws a lot of fouls and (mostly) makes them. They can bring guys in that can really help space the floor and will knock down threes if you leave them open. They don't make a lot of mistakes, and have good ball movement, so they do not waste possessions.

There is also the adjusted factor, in addition to the Big Ten gauntlet, they faced Seton Hall, TCU, and Iowa State out of conference who are all elite defensive teams, with Clemson and Duke also being good defensively. (Not to mention mighty Eastern Illinois /heavy s, they just shot like doo doo that night and weren't getting as many offensive rebounds as you'd expect for that matchup)
 
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What justification did they give? Can they deny entry/buying based on who you root for. Seems like the media would cover this story
I think they can refuse entry to whoever they want. I read the money that the Krush lost was from canceling their bus charter outside the free cancelation window.

Still a 🐔💩 move by Iowa. I knew they had little brother syndrome but I guess I didn't realize they were that insecure.
 
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I think they can refuse entry to whoever they want. I read the money that the Krush lost was from canceling their bus charter outside the free cancelation window.

Still a 🐔💩 move by Iowa. I knew they had little brother syndrome but I guess I didn't realize they were that insecure.
This is Nashville and the Blackhawks all over again. Need to organize future ticket purchases outside of Champaign County, or whatever geographies make Fran wet himself.
 
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I think they can refuse entry to whoever they want. I read the money that the Krush lost was from canceling their bus charter outside the free cancelation window.

Still a 🐔💩 move by Iowa. I knew they had little brother syndrome but I guess I didn't realize they were that insecure.
I am not sure if a public institution can deny entry based on who you are. I don’t know if you could argue that being an Illini fan is a protected under the law or not so I am not sure if you could call it discrimination

Crush might want to buy tickets in smaller batches next time to make it harder to detect
 
#74      
Iowa being Iowa.

Just adds a next layer of hate in the rivalry, really hope the Krush can get something worked out for the charter bus (like a roll-forward on what they paid for a future trip, I'm no charter bus company owner, but I think not burning your relationship with that many college students via a prominent organization is worth the "hit" of a bus that may go unbooked because it's less than a week out), as that is really tough for those broke college kids to be out $6K like that.
 
#75      
Illini have been on a nice run winning 7/8. Anyone else a little concerned that this was just a soft spot in the schedule? 5 of the wins were over Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I think a win at Iowa this weekend would legitimize this run.
 
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