We all know who he is

ejclose.jpgTurn back the clock to October 13, 2006. North Central guard Eric Gordon had just made the switch to Indiana after committing to Illinois and coach Bruce Weber on November 28, 2005.

Indiana fans rejoiced. Chants of “Eric Gordon” filled Assembly Hall at Hoosier Hysteria. After missing on Greg Oden and Michael Conley Jr. the previous year, the Hoosiers finally had their man. Gordon, perhaps the best player in the 2007 class, would help Indiana return to national prominence.

Illinois fans were up in arms and cried foul on Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson, Gordon and his father, Eric Sr. Never mind the fact that Indiana had made a coaching change since Gordon’s commitment to Illinois. “How dare he change his mind,” the Orange Krush exclaimed.

Deron Williams, Utah Jazz guard and former Illinois point guard, knew the questions were coming about Gordon.

“What are your thoughts on the Eric Gordon situation?,” a reporter asked in a hotel lobby.

“I don’t know who that is” Williams said.

And so the phrase was born that has become a staple for fans of the Illini when referring to the Big Ten’s leading scorer: “I don’t know who that is.”

Truth is, they know all too well who Gordon is. At this point, who doesn’t know who Eric Gordon is?

He’s the best player in the Big Ten. He’s the best guard in America. And the argument can be made that he’s the best player in college basketball.

Indiana will host Illinois on Sunday at 4:30 on CBS. Verne Lundquist and Billy Packer will call the game. Indiana fans will chant “Eric Gordon.” Kelvin Sampson will say that it’s just another game as will Illinois coach Bruce Weber. What’s done is done, right?

But we all know it’s much more than that.

This game is all about Eric Gordon. Some of you have commented that you’d like to see him defer to teammates and let them crush the Illini. I’m on the opposite side of the spectrum. I want to see complete destruction of Illinois at the hands of Gordon. A facial for Shaun Pruitt would be a nice start. Long range three’s in the face of Chester Frazier would push along the process. In the end, 40 for Gordon and a 25-point IU win would be ideal.

So what are you expecting from EJ on Sunday? Is this just another game for him or will there be extra motivation? Your comments, por favor.

  • Kelin

    Yes that was a great game…at one point for the first time EVER I felt sorry for Jordans son and his dad…it was a helpless feeling….I would have gone out there and handed my son a kicking tee and a helmet and tried a new sport….

  • Kelin

    Yes that was a great game…at one point for the first time EVER I felt sorry for Jordans son and his dad…it was a helpless feeling….I would have gone out there and handed my son a kicking tee and a helmet and tried a new sport….

  • ray

    i agree that the bigger game is in champaigne. i also agree that we should expect the same thing we’ve been seeing from jamarcus, but maybe a little more so…i would like to see him back them down into the paint and eat them up with his abilities…it would be even greater to see jamarcus land the second ever triple-double against illinois.
    i believe this game means no more than any other for the hoosiers and ej, but that the game in illinois will be given more hype from the media, fans, players, and coaches.
    the game in illinois is a much bigger game for illinois and weber than indiana, but there will be much more pressure on gordon at this event…namely from the crowd…as well as on ks. illinois has to win at home against indiana, as does indiana in bloomington. i think this weekend’s game is bigger for indiana because they have the home court (and winning streak) to protect.
    i would like to see dj white end up with 20 and 20 with at least 5 blocked shots. the illini will have a difficult task in bloomington, not just holding gordon back, but keeping indiana and their fans (disgusted by the threats and comments made about gordon by illinois fans and former players) from embarrassing and harassing them early. in front of national television, i would like to see indiana bomb the illini by 30 or more. they need a huge win at home, especially against a weaker foe…not because it’s illinois, but because it’s a home game in the b-10 conference season.
    regardless of what others think, even the game in champaigne is nowhere near as important as four others…iu vs. michigan state and iu vs. wisconsin. why is everyone giving the game against illinois such hype? i don’t think illinois deserves this kind of hype. that said, iu better win or we’ll never hear the end of it.

  • ray

    i agree that the bigger game is in champaigne. i also agree that we should expect the same thing we’ve been seeing from jamarcus, but maybe a little more so…i would like to see him back them down into the paint and eat them up with his abilities…it would be even greater to see jamarcus land the second ever triple-double against illinois.
    i believe this game means no more than any other for the hoosiers and ej, but that the game in illinois will be given more hype from the media, fans, players, and coaches.
    the game in illinois is a much bigger game for illinois and weber than indiana, but there will be much more pressure on gordon at this event…namely from the crowd…as well as on ks. illinois has to win at home against indiana, as does indiana in bloomington. i think this weekend’s game is bigger for indiana because they have the home court (and winning streak) to protect.
    i would like to see dj white end up with 20 and 20 with at least 5 blocked shots. the illini will have a difficult task in bloomington, not just holding gordon back, but keeping indiana and their fans (disgusted by the threats and comments made about gordon by illinois fans and former players) from embarrassing and harassing them early. in front of national television, i would like to see indiana bomb the illini by 30 or more. they need a huge win at home, especially against a weaker foe…not because it’s illinois, but because it’s a home game in the b-10 conference season.
    regardless of what others think, even the game in champaigne is nowhere near as important as four others…iu vs. michigan state and iu vs. wisconsin. why is everyone giving the game against illinois such hype? i don’t think illinois deserves this kind of hype. that said, iu better win or we’ll never hear the end of it.

  • ray

    bloom…thanks so much for introducing me to the youtube video of gordon…simply phenomenal demonstration of pure athleticism, shooting, driving, and dominance. the dunk at the end is outrageous…his head nearly hit the backboard (ON THE WAY DOWN!).

  • ray

    bloom…thanks so much for introducing me to the youtube video of gordon…simply phenomenal demonstration of pure athleticism, shooting, driving, and dominance. the dunk at the end is outrageous…his head nearly hit the backboard (ON THE WAY DOWN!).

  • Schultz

    the best thing about this game is that it virtually ends illinois’ already slim chances of making the tournament. i don’t think they’ll be able to recover from an 8-9, 0-4 conference hole.

    i think with gordon, they would be a top 25 team. that’s their problem, they have no scorers and nobody that can shoot the basketball. i think legion was a nice get for them and weber is doing good things with his 2009 class. i think they have 3 top 100 kids already and are in the hunt for a few more, but im not sure if weber is going to be around by the time those kids are freshmen.

  • Schultz

    the best thing about this game is that it virtually ends illinois’ already slim chances of making the tournament. i don’t think they’ll be able to recover from an 8-9, 0-4 conference hole.

    i think with gordon, they would be a top 25 team. that’s their problem, they have no scorers and nobody that can shoot the basketball. i think legion was a nice get for them and weber is doing good things with his 2009 class. i think they have 3 top 100 kids already and are in the hunt for a few more, but im not sure if weber is going to be around by the time those kids are freshmen.

  • TXIUAlum

    Sunday is going to be a great day for Indiana sports. First, I get to see the Colts whip up on the Bolts and immediately after that game, I get to watch IU & EJ kick the crap out of orange d-bags.

  • TXIUAlum

    Sunday is going to be a great day for Indiana sports. First, I get to see the Colts whip up on the Bolts and immediately after that game, I get to watch IU & EJ kick the crap out of orange d-bags.

  • PB

    If anyone touches EJ with intent to hurt him, Assembly Hall will riot. The mob will swarm over Bruthy and his “potent” 3-star “athletes,” and they will not leave that arena alive…

    They won’t try and hurt him, with the story behind this and the national attention, that tactic would permanently tarnish Bruthy’s reputation as a respectable guy.

    Go Hoosiers, beat the s–t out of the Illini.

  • PB

    If anyone touches EJ with intent to hurt him, Assembly Hall will riot. The mob will swarm over Bruthy and his “potent” 3-star “athletes,” and they will not leave that arena alive…

    They won’t try and hurt him, with the story behind this and the national attention, that tactic would permanently tarnish Bruthy’s reputation as a respectable guy.

    Go Hoosiers, beat the s–t out of the Illini.

  • The Ghost of Chiefs Past

    IDKWTI got shut down in Bloomington, and the Loosiers got lucky with a victory… Expect a different story tonight at the REAL assembly hall! (not the knock off version iu calls home). Gordon is a solid college player but will do NOTHING at the next level. in 2 years the Fighting Illini will return to dominance in the Big 10 and stay there for many, many years. Loosier fans will go back to drinking moonshine, beating their wives and trying to learn how to speak proper english.

  • The Ghost of Chiefs Past

    IDKWTI got shut down in Bloomington, and the Loosiers got lucky with a victory… Expect a different story tonight at the REAL assembly hall! (not the knock off version iu calls home). Gordon is a solid college player but will do NOTHING at the next level. in 2 years the Fighting Illini will return to dominance in the Big 10 and stay there for many, many years. Loosier fans will go back to drinking moonshine, beating their wives and trying to learn how to speak proper english.

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