Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Reasons for Optimism

Yes, we at Illinitalk realize that the college basketball season is underway, even though I'm giddy over the football team.

Weber and the Illini are off to a strong 3-1 start. The loss came tonight to Duke, ranked 10 in the country. Because they are playing in Hawaii, it hasn't been easy to get a good look at Bruce's team. There are lots of questions marks, but we got some answers against a very talented team.

Here are a few reasons my optimism is growing:

I would like to see shooting improve, but it seems that free-throw shooting is slightly better than last year. Although they handled the Arizona State zone well, the Duke zone was tough to break, and shooting went cold. Fouls will be a problem, but again, depth will help.

The Big Ten will be tough, but I think the Illini will be more competitive than expected. Weber consistently overachieves with the talent he has, and this year should be no different. Boys, let's eliminate off-court issues this season, and focus on class and basketball.

Overall, this season should be very interesting, but I'm excited to see what will happen. Go Illini!

By the way...MJ looks pretty good in orange. I'm sure it wasn't easy for him to watch his son lose to Duke.


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