Pregame: Illinois vs Maryland, Sunday, January 10th, 7:00pm CT, BTN

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Illinois vs Maryland
Sunday, January 10th
7:00pm CT
BTN
 
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They aren't the team they were, we need a good start and not a bad 10-15 minutes of weak effort, then BU gives the speech, then we smoke them.
 
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BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
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Ayo's last name was misspelled on his gameday jersey. Pretty inexcusable. I'm also a little surprised they don't just reuse the same set for the entire season. Haven't noticed any similar mistakes in previous games.


wow that’s really bad. I think they had a tweet that said it was the first time this season they were wearing those? Maybe they just never looked at them? Or they just got the shipment? It’s on Nike or us and either way someone needs a talking to. Unlikely, but it would be nice to leverage that into some higher priority treatment from Nike. Like hey, you just misspelled our most recognizable athletes name, step it up.
 
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BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
I think they had a tweet that said it was the first time this season they were wearing those? Maybe they just never looked at them? Or they just got the shipment?
Nice call. I forgot about that. It's too bad someone didn't catch it before the game.
 
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Maryland finally without an All-Conference Guard although I guess Ayala could get there. Since joining the Big-10 in 2014 they've had either Melo Trimble or Anthony Cowan Jr. at the helm. I'm not sure which of those two I'd have rather had but both were great players. My gut says Cowan though.
 
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Making an early prediction (while assuming both teams will be at full-strength):

ILL 80
MD 68

Not sure I'll be predicting any home losses this season.

NOTE: I'm getting a little worried about Adam Miller.....and I'm a really big proponent of his. However, his game is starting to mimic DJ Richardson, where he's relying too much on the outside shot. I know AM has the ability to get to the rim. Hoping to see a slow transition to 50% of his shots coming from near the basket.
 
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Making an early prediction (while assuming both teams will be at full-strength):

ILL 80
MD 68

Not sure I'll be predicting any home losses this season.

NOTE: I'm getting a little worried about Adam Miller.....and I'm a really big proponent of his. However, his game is starting to mimic DJ Richardson, where he's relying too much on the outside shot. I know AM has the ability to get to the rim. Hoping to see a slow transition to 50% of his shots coming from near the basket.
I think AM just needs to work this offseason on tightening his handle and finishing in traffic. He struggles to score around/over/through the help defenders that probably weren't really an issue in high school. This year I think his role is mostly going to stay "3 and D" but we'll see much more from him next year.
 
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Can we find Ayo a shirt to wear with his name spelled right?
Ayo can have his name spelled correctly when he starts scoring 30 points a game again!

I propose for every point above 30, he can have one letter right. For every point below 30, he gets one letter wrong.

(I’m totally kidding.)
 
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That baseline rim run by AceW was something I have seen open to him in the last few games. I hope they see it and try to exploit it.

It reminds me of those same cuts by Battle, Gill and Anderson. Miller has the athleticism. Do that a few times each game and all of a sudden that corner three is even more open.
 
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That baseline rim run by AceW was something I have seen open to him in the last few games. I hope they see it and try to exploit it.

It reminds me of those same cuts by Battle, Gill and Anderson. Miller has the athleticism. Do that a few times each game and all of a sudden that corner three is even more open.
Still got to hit it...and personally, I just had a thing from the right corner and did not shoot the shot....though did not hesitate from anywhere else under 30 ft and hit 54% in sr. season. Some guys just have a thing for certain angles. I know the majority of shooters love the corners, but I sure didn't like that right corner, but at least I knew it (still pretty sure it was uphill). Miller and Frazier seem to like both corners, but seem more effective from the wings. Neither appear to pull the trigger often from the top of the key which is a better shot from offensive rebounding perspective. Frazier seems to shoot too many shots off line while Miller's misses seems to be mostly long. Interpretive analysis is Frazier is floating too often while Miller is too flat. Then there is Brandon Paul whose last shot is still on the way down....but likely to tear the net off.
 
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That baseline rim run by AceW was something I have seen open to him in the last few games. I hope they see it and try to exploit it.

It reminds me of those same cuts by Battle, Gill and Anderson. Miller has the athleticism. Do that a few times each game and all of a sudden that corner three is even more open.
This. I was more excited seeing that baseline cut and finish than any of the 3s he made.
 
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Winged Warrior
This. I was more excited seeing that baseline cut and finish than any of the 3s he made.

The finish was very sweet as well. Not sure if Dan can .gif that...but I think it would be a...ahem....Worthy....gif?
 
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Start out with an overwhelming attack with lockdown defense, and frighten the helpless turtles right back into their shells.
 
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