Pregame: Illinois vs Notre Dame, Monday, November 29th, 8:00pm CT, ESPN2

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Dan

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Illinois vs Notre Dame
Monday, November 29th
8:00pm CT
ESPN2
 
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IlliniRon

Illini Basketball Fan Forever
Ft Worth, Texas
Ugh, we have to play a major school like ND before the conference season starts? Looks like national TV game, let's see who can play and how we do.
 
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We need to get in sync/healthy soon...Big10 is coming. Good thing is BU has seen most players getting minutes. He'll figure out the rotations.
 
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Man, you're telling me. My wife's an ND alum. I feel like this is going to be her long awaited payback for me rooting for Bama in the 2013 NC.
Worse for me. My daughter was a swimmer at ND. My other daughter married an ND alum from Goshen, about 30 miles away where he was a basketball player...6'8". They have been with us since Wed. but....fortunately for me... leaving Sunday so I will not have to be the poor stepchild Mon. night.

However, together we should enjoy and Irish victory on Sat. evening....even though, like the Illini cagers, even that team will likely make a poor Stanford team look good to the buzzer.
 
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We have 5 players who have played in the first 6 games. They are Plummer, Hawkins, Verdonk, Payne, and Williams. Only two of these players have had any Illini playing time previously. We have been extremely lucky in the past two years with injuries and sicknesses. Hope this is just a short term problem but it does make a coach earn his bucks.
 
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Chad Fleck

Eureka, IL
Technically, there are 3 players in that list that have played.

Verdonk, Williams, and Hawkins.

Also, I like Boss-man better than Verdonk.

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Big Jack

Decatur
Anyone else think Opie aka Luke was given all of the video footage of one Lucas Johnson and told this is your homework project? His whole persona reminds me of Lucas right down to his pushing and shoving under the basket. Swear they could have called 4-5 fouls easily last night. I like this kid alot!
 
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This should be a “get it to Kofi every time down the floor” type game- we have nothing else going on right now and no time to build chemistry
 
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Anyone else think Opie aka Luke was given all of the video footage of one Lucas Johnson and told this is your homework project? His whole persona reminds me of Lucas right down to his pushing and shoving under the basket. Swear they could have called 4-5 fouls easily last night. I like this kid alot!
Lucas Johnson with a jump shot would be a whole different proposition.
 
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This should be a “get it to Kofi every time down the floor” type game- we have nothing else going on right now and no time to build chemistry
All teams are planning for this. Kofi will also wear down as he plays against multiple 6-10/260lbs players and triple teams. Rio Grande had 6-7/210 lbs players guarding him.

Kofi needs his touches but at the same time the othet 4 on the court need to score and pose a threat. It might mean CH, Hutch, Damonte shooting the open 3. Boss-man and Payne have to come in and give quality minutes.
 
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We have 5 players who have played in the first 6 games. They are Plummer, Hawkins, Verdonk, Payne, and Williams. Only two of these players have had any Illini playing time previously. We have been extremely lucky in the past two years with injuries and sicknesses. Hope this is just a short term problem but it does make a coach earn his bucks.
With that said.............

Curbelo and Frazier have both spent considerable time on the court, and neither would be anywhere close to even 4th team All Big Ten performers if the voting were conducted today. Sure, we've missed key players in multiple games --- but we've also played horribly (i.e. leading the Big10 in turnovers per game, I believe?)

The good news, you ask? We have ample room for improvement!
 
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Updated KenPom:
ILL #24
ND #40

(Note: Arizona is #17 AND Miznoz is #124)
Oh wow, think we were #14 in KenPom before last night's win. Torvik now has us at #25 too.

Bet we're going to have a lot of new converts to the AP poll on here, now that they have us higher than KenPom and Torvik.
 
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