Thursday, February 01, 2007

Friendly Advice

Dear Coach Izzo,

Your boys played tough in Assembly Hall this week after an exhausting effort against the Buckeyes. "Bad News Bears" or not, they deserve credit for hanging in an ugly game.

I'm no coach, so my advice isn't worth much, but why didn't you start fouling at the 2:11 mark? You were only down 4 or 5, and you would have had plenty of time to take the lead. Given the Illini percentage at the line and Drew's clutch performances, you probably could have pulled it out. But you are much too classy for such an ugly strategy.

All the best on the rest of your season -- I honestly hope we don't have to face you in the Big Ten tournament.

Alma Mater

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