Good, Bad and Ugly: Illinois

  • 02/15/2009 3:22 pm in

FINAL SCORE: Illinois 65, Indiana 52

THE GOOD:

The second half. During their first matchup, Illinois was one of the teams this year that IU was never in the game against. At halftime, it sure looked like that was going to be the case again this afternoon. But, as we’ve seen so many times this season, IU did not quit. The Hoosiers did not give up. They fought. And though they never seriously threatened to win this game — six was as close as they got — they showed some amazing resolve in front of a packed crowd at home. Crawling back from a 21-point deficit to come as close as six is never an easy thing.

It was a combination of two things: IU shot 57 percent in the second half, and as Greg Anthony alluded to, IU switched up to a triangle and two on the defensive end, which slowed the Illini down a bit. Oh, also: Illinois stopped blocking all our shots.

Individually, Matt Roth continues to show no fear, as he went for 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

THE BAD AND UGLY:

Free throws. IU lost this game by 13 points. They missed 13 free throws. If they make half of those that they missed — in the six or seven range — the Hoosiers are in better shape the last few minutes of the game. And if they made them all, or close to them all, who knows?

The first half. I’m trying to block that out my memory of it, so I will just say one thing: It was bad. Real bad.

For the game, IU only turned the ball over 13 times.

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  • JerryCT

    I am not fond of the coaching I saw today. Maybe somebody can straighten me out:

    1. Isn't poor free throw shooting this late in the year a coaching failure ?
    2. What does it accomplish to have TP out high in the zone where he cannot react and has to cover maximum ground ?
    3. Why does TP start the offense up high if he makes nothing happen out of it ?
    4. Why does VJ3 start the offense dribbling with his back to the other 4 players and the basket ?

    We just saw UI deploy its players w/o any of these things so there are options IMO.

    I love the coach but this was tough to watch today even if we gave them a bit of a run.

  • silkyslim

    My take on it, JerryCT, is FTs just don't fall easy for young players with limited experience. They just play tight come game time.

    It appears to me TP up high seems to be a release value for our guards tend to struggle getting our “O” started without some help.

    Point 4 is a freshman trying not to turn the ball over probably worried about running laps for turnovers at the next practice as that has been a point of emphasis. :o)

  • JerryCT

    Thanks. I will look at it differently from now on .

  • BeerTruck

    As far as FTs….I think it's that our legs are gone. These dudes are outta gas physically, mentally, emotionally…and tired legs = bad FTs

  • BeerTruck

    As far as FTs….I think it's that our legs are gone. These dudes are outta gas physically, mentally, emotionally…and tired legs = bad FTs