Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Not A Happy Ending

The game against Wisconsin at the Assembly Hall was not quite what Illini players and fans were looking for. The Illini played fairly tough despite poor shooting for roughly 3/4 of the game, but that's not enough to beat a quality team like the Badgers.

As hard as it is to admit it, Bo Ryan knows how to get players that fit his system. And he knows how to make his system work.

And the Illini just weren't all there. These boys know how to play, but so often they don't execute. Demetri McCamey had a very good game, but a few mistakes and poor decisions helped dig a hole deeper than the Illini could escape.

I did find a few positives...Tyler Griffey is showing great potential. Although there have been days that Dominique Keller really stepped up, his circus-style shots will soon be filed under Illini memories. Although the Illini often rely too much on jump shots, they do have pretty jump shots, especially the big men. Weber doesn't stop coaching.

But there's no denying, this was a painful loss, and it doesn't set the boys up well for a strong run through the conference tournament and off the NCAA bubble. Especially when you consider that the next team up for the Illini is...Wisconsin.


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