Pregame: Illinois vs Cincinnati, Monday, November 22nd, 5:30pm CT, ESPNews

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New topic: For fans who do get espnews how can we watch Monday's game against Cincinnati? I have Comcast cable.
Download the ESPN app on any smart device or streaming device. It should be streamed live on the app, also it will be available to watch for replay after it’s over.
 
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Touche`. Just had to get it out of my system. Taking off tomorrow morning driving to KC hoping to see the team put Marquette behind them. I'm more worried about Cincinnati than Arkansas. Kofi may be rusty and a a couple of contests from being in actual game shape.
I seem to recall Underwood was very impressed with Kofi’s conditioning when he arrived this summer and based on that “day in the life” video, he’s been putting work in on the cardio. He also played good minutes in the two exhibition games at game speed and looked great. Hopefully that translates to the court tomorrow. Regardless, I expect the squad to be breathing fire for two games and come away with two convincing wins—capped by Trent shutting Lykes down to avenge that Miami debacle from a few years back and Kofi averaging a double double.
 
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BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
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Sounds like we really needed the week off re: Belo actually getting some practice in and Hutch getting healthy. The sour taste of Marquette is starting to go away as the Golden Eagles look surprisingly solid and after remembering Belo’s rustiness was in part due to concussion protocols. I hope we come out sharp tomorrow.
My problem with Belo has nothing to do with his turnovers. My problem was his insistence on being that guy that takes the big shots.
 
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Denver, CO
Sounds like we really needed the week off re: Belo actually getting some practice in and Hutch getting healthy. The sour taste of Marquette is starting to go away as the Golden Eagles look surprisingly solid and after remembering Belo’s rustiness was in part due to concussion protocols. I hope we come out sharp tomorrow.
I mean… close your eyes as Marquette is getting blown out by St bonaventure right now.

but… if that means we are at least a top 22 team with Kofi. Plus that’s a neutral floor vs we played them in Milwaukee.

I’m convinced that if we had Kofi, we wouldn’t have lost that game.
 
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Washington State
I mean… close your eyes as Marquette is getting blown out by St bonaventure right now.

but… if that means we are at least a top 22 team with Kofi. Plus that’s a neutral floor vs we played them in Milwaukee.

I’m convinced that if we had Kofi, we wouldn’t have lost that game.
I thought Fiserv is the new home arena for Marquette. ?
 
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Can't wait to see King Kofi dunk all over Cincy
 
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Illini Basketball Fan Forever
Ft Worth, Texas
I think in general Underwood is a great coach, but he must realize Curbelo is not the team's best shooter and he needs him to play point guard instead of taking every shot down the stretch of a close game. The interview comments might not reflect what he saw in the last game.
 
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Last year, Curbelo had the team’s third-best percentage on two-point shots (Kofi, Granderson) while taking the third most such shots (Ayo, Kofi, and 4.5x more than Granderson). It obviously wasn’t working on Monday but it’s ludicrous to say he’s not capable of scoring at decent volume and high efficiency.

I’m seeing a lot of people say they want him to be a “point guard” but am genuinely curious as to what that means. How does a point guard create offense in today’s game without breaking down defenses and disrupting rotations? And can he do that without being a credible threat to score himself? Defenses are way more sophisticated than they were even 10-15 years ago, and you can’t just pass the ball around the perimeter and back cut anymore.

I just don’t know what folks envision him doing when they say stuff like that. Not what he did on Monday, sure. But he’s got 30-plus games under his belt, most of which showed him to be effective at both scoring and creating. If he just stays on the perimeter and makes simple one-station passes, he’s literally taking his game away from the things that allow him to be valuable to this team.
 
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Last year, Curbelo had the team’s third-best percentage on two-point shots (Kofi, Granderson) while taking the third most such shots (Ayo, Kofi, and 4.5x more than Granderson). It obviously wasn’t working on Monday but it’s ludicrous to say he’s not capable of scoring at decent volume and high efficiency.

I’m seeing a lot of people say they want him to be a “point guard” but am genuinely curious as to what that means. How does a point guard create offense in today’s game without breaking down defenses and disrupting rotations? And can he do that without being a credible threat to score himself? Defenses are way more sophisticated than they were even 10-15 years ago, and you can’t just pass the ball around the perimeter and back cut anymore.

I just don’t know what folks envision him doing when they say stuff like that. Not what he did on Monday, sure. But he’s got 30-plus games under his belt, most of which showed him to be effective at both scoring and creating. If he just stays on the perimeter and makes simple one-station passes, he’s literally taking his game away from the things that allow him to be valuable to this team.
He needs to recognize when he is dribbling into a double team or triple team and adjust accordingly.
 
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Last year, Curbelo had the team’s third-best percentage on two-point shots (Kofi, Granderson) while taking the third most such shots (Ayo, Kofi, and 4.5x more than Granderson). It obviously wasn’t working on Monday but it’s ludicrous to say he’s not capable of scoring at decent volume and high efficiency.

I’m seeing a lot of people say they want him to be a “point guard” but am genuinely curious as to what that means. How does a point guard create offense in today’s game without breaking down defenses and disrupting rotations? And can he do that without being a credible threat to score himself? Defenses are way more sophisticated than they were even 10-15 years ago, and you can’t just pass the ball around the perimeter and back cut anymore.

I just don’t know what folks envision him doing when they say stuff like that. Not what he did on Monday, sure. But he’s got 30-plus games under his belt, most of which showed him to be effective at both scoring and creating. If he just stays on the perimeter and makes simple one-station passes, he’s literally taking his game away from the things that allow him to be valuable to this team.
For the most part, this is not what was being said. It was about him taking most (all) of the "big" shots in a game. Ayo took quite a few of the big shots in the past. Even then, Belo tried to take a few. He did not need to be forcing the big shots at the end. I have no problem with him taking shots during the game. I don't think that he should be taking make or break shots and definitely not all of them.
 
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Illini Dawg
Seattle
For the most part, this is not what was being said. It was about him taking most (all) of the "big" shots in a game. Ayo took quite a few of the big shots in the past. Even then, Belo tried to take a few. He did not need to be forcing the big shots at the end. I have no problem with him taking shots during the game. I don't think that he should be taking make or break shots and definitely not all of them.
I’m sure coach wishes he called timeout to draw up a play rather than leave it. Belo will learn from it as well. Really his first time in that situation.
 
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Decatur, IL
I’m sure coach wishes he called timeout to draw up a play rather than leave it. Belo will learn from it as well. Really his first time in that situation.
Coach actually hates using a timeout in that situation. He said they practice it extensively. A timeout allows them to draw up a defense. His philosophy on it right from the horses mouth in the post game interview(one of them).
 
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Paducah, Ky
I can't stomach to watch a replay of that game and I deleted my recording , but I kinda remember Belo or Trent going towards the sideline and BU just waved him forward , like go do it...........

I think I'm right , I think ?
 
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For the most part, this is not what was being said. It was about him taking most (all) of the "big" shots in a game. Ayo took quite a few of the big shots in the past. Even then, Belo tried to take a few. He did not need to be forcing the big shots at the end. I have no problem with him taking shots during the game. I don't think that he should be taking make or break shots and definitely not all of them.
Belo’s clutch shots last year were due to penetrating and the defense sagging to respect Kofi. Not >15 foot shots.
 
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Coach actually hates using a timeout in that situation. He said they practice it extensively. A timeout allows them to draw up a defense. His philosophy on it right from the horses mouth in the post game interview(one of them).
Bingo. Ill also say BU loves putting his guys through stuff like this earlier in the season. Loves for then to experience it now so they can learn and grow through it for the end of the year. Now he wants to win every game (and he knows we would have with Kofi) but he also knows that the likelihood of going undefeated is slim and values this teaching/coaching moments that come from games like this immensely.
 
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Bingo. Ill also say BU loves putting his guys through stuff like this earlier in the season. Loves for then to experience it now so they can learn and grow through it for the end of the year. Now he wants to win every game (and he knows we would have with Kofi) but he also knows that the likelihood of going undefeated is slim and values this teaching/coaching moments that come from games like this immensely.
Bingo. Guys need to be battle tested as much as possible.
 
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