Saturday, January 07, 2006

Iowa: It's all about preparation

The Illini travel to Iowa City today to take on the Hawkeyes. ESPN2 will have the game live at 1:05 p.m. (Champaign Assembly Hall time) today.

Mark Tupper has some interesting insight into how Bruce Weber is preparing his team for today's contest. Be sure to read about it here.

Things Illinitalk would like to see from the Illini today:

1. Inside scoring. A double-double from Augie would be awesome and I wouldn't be surprised to see him do it if he's fired up enough from his poor performance against Sparty.

2. Jamar Smith to light it up. He never really got going against Izzo's crew. A good game where he hits a couple key three-pointers would help his confidence in Big Ten play.

3. The Illini to stay stingy on D. In particular, Chester Frazier really showed up in this area against MSU (and hit a key three-pointer). Hopefully he can keep it going.

4. Finally, this one's for ESPN: turn up the crowd noise in the background! The Assembly Hall sounded silent the other night on ESPN2 when we played Sparty and we know it had to be rockin' and roarin'.


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