Good, Bad and Ugly: Illinois

  • 01/10/2009 5:06 pm in

THE GOOD (HEY, WE HAD TO LIST SOMETHING, RIGHT?):

Nick Williams. That pretty much sums it up. On a day when the Hoosiers came out with far less fight than needed to win in a hostile environment, Williams was the guy who tried to keep it respectable early. He scored 10 points in the first 13 minutes before disappearing until the 7:00 mark in the second half.

IU won the rebounding battle 35-23, but Illinois hardly missed so there weren’t many boards to corral.

THE BAD AND UGLY:

The injury to Devan Dumes. The one player Indiana can ill-afford to lose didn’t start the game (reportedly after he missed the team bus to Assembly Hall) and played just two minutes before injuring his right ankle. Dumes had to be carried off the floor by Tijan Jobe and Steven Gambles and returned to the bench during the second half on crutches. For all of his faults, Dumes is the one Indiana player that can create his shot consistently, even if he is streaky. Not. Good.

The lack of intensity. In a start that looked eerily similar to the Kentucky game last month, Indiana fell behind 21-2 and never matched the energy of Illinois. Perhaps it was a hangover from the Michigan debacle or maybe Illinois is just that much better than the Hoosiers, but it was discouraging nonetheless.

The turnovers are back. After cutting down on the turnovers the previous three games against Lipscomb (13), Iowa (11) and Michigan (16), Indiana was once again sloppy with the ball, coughing it up 18 times.

Defending the 3-pointer. Illinois hit 13 from behind the arc including seven from Trent Meacham and three by Dominique Keller, who had only hit four all season going into the game. Most of the looks were of the “nobody within four feet of the shooter” variety.

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  • pacino

    Wow…. We suck.

  • pacino

    Im sorry. Im tryin to be positive but we look aweful.

  • aceman07

    Hey. Look on the bright side. Our inbound plays were working so at least you can see that they're losing because of sheer lack of talent and not a lack of coaching. When we're required to bring the ball all the way up the court and execute an offensive play we don't have a player that can handle the road pressure and contact and get into the offense. But I did see a lot of open looks and even some layups out of our inbound sets so you can at least see the coaching working in that aspect of the game! And, there's no where to go but up, I hope!

  • Ragamuffin

    Somewhere, Sampson is laughing his butt off. Indiana shouldn’t be this bad. But they are. Sure, Sampson’s roster was loaded with thugs that made even the most liberal of Hoosier supporters cringe. But at least they weren’t this bad. You’d think Indiana could pick the top 10 IM players on campus and still compete in conference. Instead the Hoosiers look like a team that has sustained a death penalty blow. Are they trying to be this bad? Seriously? Unless they’re actually trying to kill the program, you wouldn’t think an Indiana team would look this poor. Maybe Crean isn’t the answer. Can you say “Pat Knight” in two seasons? ILL-INI

  • Kelin Blab

    My observations:
    1. Wasn't it nice for Illinois to jump up and down on the sidelines as if they accomplished something big by beating a 4a high school team. Hope they feel good about themselves

    2. I love listening to Leary but I feel for the guy cause he makes the same statements over and over this….”Learning process….has to grow…..keep fighting etc.”

    3. We HAVE to get a WIN soon!

    4. Not sure if anyone else thought about this at some point during the game, but how much I despise Kelvin Sampson even more.

    5. I was thinking ahead and wondering how much would Creek, Elston, Wateford, and Hulls helped in this game…..then I realized……they are not walking through that door ..YET.

    6. I have a good feeling about Jerimiah Rivers sitting watching and teaching…..a point guard who can spend a year as a coach will help a ton.

    7. My last point….these have to be the worst benchwarmers we have ever had. NONE of them wanted to shoot, they were not chucking up shots, and not sure who it was but the kid that dunked at the end I was shocked…….

    Here is a quote from 2004 to make us all feel better….

    Help is on the way. Davis' third full year of recruiting has been his best, with four top 50 signees highlighted by likely McDonald's All-Americans Josh Smith and D.J. White.

    “The Lakers lose because Shaq and Malone are out, but everyone knows when they heal up, help is coming,” Davis says. “No doubt, my help is coming.”

  • msdiu81

    Look on the bright side. Only 9 months and a few days till the new recruits and our current team start official practice for the 09-10 season. It will be here before you know it! Also, Weber actually shook hands with all coaches and players after the game. So there are some positives!

  • Taskmaster75

    Well, it wasn't KS, so he had no beef. Come on Tijan, I wished you would have decked him in the face with your massive muscles.

  • coachv

    weber can kiss my black ass

  • coachv

    weber can kiss my black ass

  • Ragamuffin

    Kelvin Sampson is laughing

  • HoosierSmitty

    What about Tijan? He actually touched the ball a few times and even had a “shot attempt” when he slammed an offensive rebound attempt against the glass. Now that's improvement!

    <sigh>

  • silkyslim

    I was worried about a letdown after the michigan game being so young, but wow that was a butt-whuppin' , ouch!
    I hope our boys realize the growing pains will be painful & not let bumps in the road derail their confidence, it is to be expected to suffer sometimes to grow.

    IU players & fans battle through the tough times and keep your eyes on the goals ( and the progress.)

  • Kelin Blab

    Silky I keep telling myself these things…..

    1. This season we are analyzing losses and not suspensions

    2. We are talking more our players on the court than off the court

    3. We are NOT on ESPN for allegations, violations, and improper phone relations

    4. Our frustrations is losing with a young inexperienced team, not losing with a team that had final 4 talent, a lottery pick, and went 8 deep with good players….now that was frustrating….

  • Taskmaster75

    and another first rounder along with that lottery pick

  • BornRed

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm on campus and heard Dumes may have a broken ankle.

  • Ryan_T

    any word on how long he may be out for?

  • Kelin Blab

    two words for you….

    Finkelmeier time

  • Ryan_T

    four words for you….

    zero big ten wins

  • silklyslim

    WELL stated Kelin Blab. The focus is on basketball and NOT bs violations, & off court problems, etc. I wish more people took your realistic viewpoint on our team & this season.

  • Kelin Blab

    two words for you….

    Finkelmeier time

  • Ryan_T

    four words for you….

    zero big ten wins

  • silklyslim

    WELL stated Kelin Blab. The focus is on basketball and NOT bs violations, & off court problems, etc. I wish more people took your realistic viewpoint on our team & this season.