Pregame: Illinois vs Baylor, Wednesday, December 2nd, 9:00pm CT, ESPN

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Illinois vs Baylor (Jimmy V Classic, Indianapolis, IN)
Wednesday, December 2nd
9:00pm CT
ESPN
 
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As of right now, it appears we could/should enter the game ranked #6 by the AP (Kansas and Virginia have both lost). Doesn't really matter, since a W against Baylor will move the needle even more!
 
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Just win games.
Drew has some good tape on the Illini now. Ohio exposed some weaknesses. Gotta get those cleaned up.
 
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We will need to bring it a LOT more than today if we want to have a chance, but I think today's game might have been the necessary event to provide a chip on our shoulder and some enhanced focus for Wednesday ... hope so, anyway. This is arguably the biggest game for this program since the Wake Forest game in 2004-05, and a win here catapults us into the "Illinois basketball is back" category with ZERO doubt, to the extent anyone still doubts it! I am so pumped for this game, and I really hope we come in ready to play.
 
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We will need to bring it a LOT more than today if we want to have a chance, but I think today's game might have been the necessary event to provide a chip on our shoulder and some enhanced focus for Wednesday ... hope so, anyway. This is arguably the biggest game for this program since the Wake Forest game in 2004-05, and a win here catapults us into the "Illinois basketball is back" category with ZERO doubt, to the extent anyone still doubts it! I am so pumped for this game, and I really hope we come in ready to play.
Last year’s Ohio State game with a big ten title on the line as well as the Iowa game with a top 4 seed on the line were bigger games.....not to mention the National Championship game in April 2005.....Not arguing it is a big game and a measuring stick but not a big deal if we lose.
 
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Not sure if it's something that can be exposed normally, but Kofi was clearly a step slow today on rim protection, likely due to 3 games in 3 days which you never see in college. I think he shores up some of our size weakness, especially at the 4 when he is at full speed.
 
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Suzy Kolber with ILLINI highlights on ESPN were great to hear
 
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Baylor plays a 1-3-1 matchup zone and plays a zone offense with inside ball screens. Will be a good test on how to beat the 131
They played a no middle man to man almost exclusively last year and they are really really good at it. Davion Mitchell is arguably the best defensive guard in the country. This will be a great test for Ayo and the entire team
 
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