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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by tbcamp on January 27, 2019, 05:16:50 PM »
Espn has Ayo going #20. Another mock draft has him at #25. If he gets a promise in the top 15, my guess is he's gone.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by illiniproph on January 27, 2019, 03:52:11 PM »
I think Nichols sucks, will likely play his last year elsewhere next year, and can't play the 3, let alone the 4. We're 6-14. We are playing for next year. Let's learn now. Dela Rosa has been useless, except for one game. Kane has a lot of upside. Jordan has played hard. He's very limited if he's not hitting his 3. Jones gets some time, and plays well. January and another 3 are going to play next year, and Griffin will improve. I think Kofi, Giorgi, Samba and Antwan play the 4-5 next year. I think Jones, Griffin, Feliz, and Frazier play the 1, 2 and 3. If Ayo comes back he stars at the 1-2, and William's plays sparingly. If not, William's plays more. BU is coaching for his job next year. If we don't win, he can be replaced by Antiqua and we keep our roster. He should get his next years team ready now.
If Ayo comes back? I doubt he has shot well enough to go pro this year. I agree that Kipper has played worse this year than last year, but there was a lot of turmoil last offseason.  I think he turns it back around.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by tbcamp on January 27, 2019, 02:09:48 PM »
I think Nichols sucks, will likely play his last year elsewhere next year, and can't play the 3, let alone the 4. We're 6-14. We are playing for next year. Let's learn now. Dela Rosa has been useless, except for one game. Kane has a lot of upside. Jordan has played hard. He's very limited if he's not hitting his 3. Jones gets some time, and plays well. January and another 3 are going to play next year, and Griffin will improve. I think Kofi, Giorgi, Samba and Antwan play the 4-5 next year. I think Jones, Griffin, Feliz, and Frazier play the 1, 2 and 3. If Ayo comes back he stars at the 1-2, and William's plays sparingly. If not, William's plays more. BU is coaching for his job next year. If we don't win, he can be replaced by Antiqua and we keep our roster. He should get his next years team ready now.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by illiniproph on January 27, 2019, 01:14:35 PM »
I think that Giorgi B is the 4 next year with Kofi at 5. Nichols comes off the bench.
Offensively, that makes some sense.  How will Giorgi guard the perimeter?  On the other hand, how will most teams backup center guard Giorgi?  Offensively, Giorgi cant spread the floor shooting from the perimeter and assuming Kofi isn't an outside threat as well, it allows teams to give help in the lane.

My starting lineup is Trent, Ayo, Tevian, Kip, and Kofi.  Feliz, Williams at the 3, January at the 4, and Giorgi at the 5 completes the 9 man rotation
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by tacodaddy1 on January 27, 2019, 10:33:43 AM »
I think that Giorgi B is the 4 next year with Kofi at 5. Nichols comes off the bench.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by illiniproph on January 27, 2019, 10:15:37 AM »
What if Jones has been this good all along? He looked like Glenn Rice today. How good might Kane be? It's time to let the kids play. Nichols, Dela Rosa and Jordan should do mop up action only. Great game.
He was a foul machine and couldn't stay on the court.  But Kane seems to play as well as De La Rosa.  I would have liked to see him get a few minutes against Marylands big.  I think Nichols will be a key piece of the rotation next year at the 4.  He may even start.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by illiniproph on January 27, 2019, 09:57:09 AM »
Though Ayo may have been the best player on the court today, I went with Jones because it was so important for someone to step up at the 3 position.  Feliz has played pretty well over the last 4-5 games and will be a solid part of the rotation next year.  But with the loss of Jordan, we needed someone to play well on both ends of the court which Jones did today.  And based on size, he is the guy you wanted.

Early in the 2nd half, we made 4 straight 3's to take the lead for a bit.  2 by Frazier and 2 by Jones.  I expect some growing pains as he hasn't played much but I also expect him to start next year.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by lwchicago on January 26, 2019, 11:33:32 PM »
What if Jones has been this good all along? He looked like Glenn Rice today. How good might Kane be? It's time to let the kids play. Nichols, Dela Rosa and Jordan should do mop up action only. Great game.

I dont agree, you have to have a mix of Jordan and Kiper in with the Freshman. BU's challenge is finding  game to game combinations that will work for who they are playing.
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by Original Joe on January 26, 2019, 08:19:26 PM »
Adding the ESPN boxscore for those who missed the win over the Terps:

<a> http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401082350 <a/>

20 of 22 FT's ... forced 21 turnovers.  It was impressive on both ends of the court
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Illini Basketball / Re: Terps post/Chief of the Game Thread!!
« Last post by Original Joe on January 26, 2019, 08:00:02 PM »
Woulda liked to have split the COTG, but went with Jones after his post game interview.  His shots were so pure - nothing but net ... even hit late FTs.  His back door dunk made the entire team believe the upset was possible - that was YUGE  :Clapping:

Hadda loved Feliz taken the ball right at that monster Fernandez in the open court, and driving by 4 defenders on an offensive set.

That last minute of the game was  s o o o o o    l o n g, but they hit FT's and won it  :ILLINI:
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