Men's Basketball Open Thread: Illinois

By 11W Staff on March 10, 2013 at 12:15p
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Knarcisi's picture

A distant memory, but these guys took it to us physically last time. Payback time, baby!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Same starters. A little surprised Rav isn't starting for senior day.

buckfan38's picture

Im not getting the game on espn what channel are you guys watching
Edit: Never mind found it

TLB's picture

We seem to miss a lot of those

SilverBulletNYC's picture

gotta make the open baskets.

The South will NOT rise again!

Knarcisi's picture

Good ball movement. 

ILbuckeyes's picture

Spring Break plus daylight savings

Knarcisi's picture

Yeah and raise prices like they do with football, and all you'll have is fat cats with money that sit on their hands. 

TLB's picture

Amir is never ready for a pass

ih8rolltyde's picture

Did Amir just miss a two footer by ten feet?

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

TLB's picture

And so did Rav

ILbuckeyes's picture

Cant trust our big guys down low

skid21's picture

What's with all missed layups?

TLB's picture

We miss 5 a game at least

Knarcisi's picture

Better cover Paul. Don't wanna see another 10 3s. 

ILbuckeyes's picture

Also cant let Brandon or DJ going

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 0....
 

TLB's picture

That's not part of hispanic night

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Flipping back and forth - make that MANU 2 Chelsea nada

Unky Buck's picture

We've had some open shots and bad misses. Hopefully that gets reversed soon.

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OSUStu's picture

Rav needs to be stronger than that

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Knarcisi's picture

At least he gets the ball above his shoulders and gets a shot off and draws a foul. 

OSUStu's picture

Oh I agree.  My point is he takes that up stronger and he has a great chance for the basket and the foul.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ih8rolltyde's picture

Bring the juice LaQ.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

SilverBulletNYC's picture

This is so ugly.

The South will NOT rise again!

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Sullinger looks like the man

TLB's picture

Is it spring break?

ILbuckeyes's picture

yep they didnt have this game in the package for student either

BME_Buckeye's picture

We never had to worry about this when we were on the quarter system. Bring back the quarters, forget the semesters! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

ILbuckeyes's picture

Bad shot by thomas

skid21's picture

Why all the bad shots early in the clock? I'm just not getting this team today.

Braxton2Devin's picture

Rav is so inconsistent.

Knarcisi's picture

No other options for us. 

TLB's picture

Caps beating Rangers is more to my liking
 

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

As long as Nash pulls a hammie in the process....

kevinfrenchfry's picture

value city is weeeaaaak today

TLB's picture

Big East gets 7 in tourney. How many make sweet 16?

ILbuckeyes's picture

Man do we look horrible today

skid21's picture

Williams get burnt on D and Q turns it over. Ugh

ih8rolltyde's picture

We look AWFUL so far

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Braxton2Devin's picture

Laquinton averages 2 travels a game, I swear

WolverineKiller's picture

Yawn, is this the same team we saw in Bloomington last week?

Just Win.

TLB's picture

One of these teams is sleepwalking

Braxton2Devin's picture

Amir is horrid at times. Well most times actually

Braxton2Devin's picture

That commentator is so right about Q

OSUStu's picture

This feels like a neutral site game...or the first round of the NIT.  

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

TLB's picture

Dakich beat me to it. Q is killing us

AngryWoody's picture

rename the schott "The Funeral Home" with this crowd

Our Honor Defend!

RedStorm45's picture

Students on spring break

WolverineKiller's picture

Q misses at least 1 block out per game.  So frustrating.

Just Win.

skid21's picture

No NutHouse sure makes a difference in the crowd.

ih8rolltyde's picture

Deshaun doin the lil things so far

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

TLB's picture

Looks like tsun gets Valentine. Too bad for them

Braxton2Devin's picture

Horrible decision by Zelle

BME_Buckeye's picture

Not today.... This is so damn annoying. Squeeze the melon please. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Torpedo Vegas's picture

Doesn't look like they're doing much boxing out today.

ILbuckeyes's picture

Illinois may outshoot Wisconsin from 3 today

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

My boy Lenzelle missing TWO rebounds....thought that was one of his specialties - rebounding and defense?????

ILbuckeyes's picture

hes scored 5 points already, gotta make up for those points

DetroitBuckeye's picture

He's the 2nd leading scorer on the team, that's his specialty 10.1 a game.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

His specialty is being the captain of inconsistency.....that and hindering Scott from starting and developing in to the talent that Smith Jr. wished he could be.....

DetroitBuckeye's picture

This team doesn't need 2 point guards, this team has real problems scoring.  This team needs scorers he can't be on the bench.

 
ih8rolltyde's picture

Team D has been top shelf last 4 mins..... Just gotta damn block out.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Unky Buck's picture

Our offense has been less than spectacular to say the least....ugh

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ILbuckeyes's picture

making both free throws would be nice

WolverineKiller's picture

Can someone tell that kid he's not in Champaign and to stop yelling at us during our free throws.  It's really annoying.

Just Win.

TLB's picture

5/10 from the line

Braxton2Devin's picture

This will sound ignorant but how we play in the B1G tourney does not affect our seeding in the NCAA tourney, right?

TLB's picture

Not much unless we get to the final

Unky Buck's picture

Well, losing the first game might. Right now I think we end up as a 3, but if we lose that first game, we may end up as a 4. Nothing to significant, but significant enough.

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ILbuckeyes's picture

if we lose first round id expect a 4. If we get to the championship or win and teams ahead of us lose, i can see a 2-3

skid21's picture

Now we're talking!!

SilverBulletNYC's picture

OK!

The South will NOT rise again!

ih8rolltyde's picture

Scott and Slam have gotten exponentially better with the J.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Unky Buck's picture

Looks like the Illini are going to take a ton of 3's today regardless of how many they miss. Should bode well for us if they keep missing like they are.

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max_couch's picture

Scott's stepping up big as of late. It's like we have 2 crafts out there!

Maxwell Benjamin Couch

tdible2132's picture

Illinois is one of those teams that always seems to give us a good game like Northwestern does too. I think we'll end up winning this one by 7. It's funny that the Illinois teams always seems to cause problems for us considering Matta is an Illinois boy. Ive Always thought it to be a funny coincidence

ILbuckeyes's picture

haha Jared was giving Sam shit

WolverineKiller's picture

Thompson needs to spend this spring with Micky and put on about 20 lbs of Muscle.

Just Win.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

No kidding, I hope he dunks those next year. He still is very hesitant of dunking in traffic, even though he jumps over people.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

That is the worst 9-point halftime lead I have ever seen. Haha but I'll take it. 

The South will NOT rise again!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

I thought it was a good half. 50% from the floor and really nice defensive effort. FT shooting wasn't great, but other than that I'll take it.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Good half considering they are playing at 11:30 AM and the crowd appears to have forgotten to take their multi-vitamin this AM.  50% from line is a concern - but I'll take that first 20 mins.....

dubjayfootball90's picture

Just not the same intensity man. Miss those students on spring break. That's for sure

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Small lineup (Thomas, Thompson, L, Scott and Craft) outscored Ill 18-7. Really excellent defensive effort.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Shannon Scott leading the Buckeyes with 5 rebounds. 

Jimmy's picture

While its great to see the guards getting some rebounds they should not be leading the team.  I like the way the half ended, but this needs to change.

BME_Buckeye's picture

 
 
After the first half 
Illinois
FG% 30% shooting 9-30
FT 2-2
OREB 6
Ohio State
FG% 50% shooting 12-24
FT 6-12
REB 17
The things in bold are things we need to work on. Box out, get the ball and make our free throws so we can push the lead in our favor. There is not reason Illinois should have 30 FGA. Sorry for the sloppy appearance of the data. 
 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

SFBUCK1's picture

We built the first half lead with the small line up on the floor - even though we got killed on the glass in the process.  I wouldn't draw too many conclusions, though, since Illinois could not make a shot.      

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Gonna be hard to use that lineup in second half unless their big fouls again. Thad couldn't go to it before he picked up his second. Good job by sam not picking up a third foul.

Man of Scarlet and Gray's picture

Dakich has been surprisingly tolerable this game

 "I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault."
--Jack Tatum

wibuckeye's picture

Come on guys, keep up the intensity.

WIBUCKEYE

ILbuckeyes's picture

Penn St one of the hottest teams in the big ten teams going into the tournament?

skid21's picture

Williams is so frustrating. He looks totally bored out there. No hustle

okiebuck's picture

What a lame crowd in the house; I know the students are gone but come on people make some damm noise! 

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

TLB's picture

5 missed layups

Braxton2Devin's picture

Lol amir williams is so clumsy

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Too bad we got killed by them at Ill, otherwise we could be going for the outright crown right now!!  Well w/ an Indiana loss later.

wibuckeye's picture

I think Gene Smith made the right decision by moving the students to the sides as well.  Today it seems like the crowd is bird watching.

WIBUCKEYE

ILbuckeyes's picture

Do you think Scott playing with Craft has improved his defense or has he always had outstanding defense?

skid21's picture

Missed layups, missed FTs, bad shot selection early in the clock. Thank God for defense.

wibuckeye's picture

Give the ball to DT.

WIBUCKEYE

ILbuckeyes's picture

How was that a foul on Rav?

TLB's picture

8 missed layups

skid21's picture

When you can hear the cheerleaders so clearly you know it is a lame crowd.

ILbuckeyes's picture

If anybody watches House of Cards, does Groce look like Peter Russo?

Jimmy's picture

He definitely does.

ILbuckeyes's picture

Also its Spring Break guys, we know its a lame crowd

TLB's picture

Down to 41% from field

wibuckeye's picture

Dookie kool-aid!

WIBUCKEYE

TLB's picture

Its that ACC strength of schedule

rdubs's picture

If Liberty can hold on the last 2 mins, we will have a 15-20 team in the tournament (at least in a play-in game).

Unky Buck's picture

There always seems to be one every single year. Thank God for those play-in games at least.

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tdible2132's picture

Man I wish LaQ would get it together. He could be huge for us but his body language out there screams "I'm not happy". Hope the kid turns the corner

wibuckeye's picture

This game is feeling to close.

WIBUCKEYE

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

AllDay028's picture

I missed the first 4 minutes of this half, did Same Thompson get hurt?

ILbuckeyes's picture

no, idk why hasnt been in more 

ILbuckeyes's picture

Makes sense, i didnt see he had 3

TLB's picture

Really dumb one for 3rd

TLB's picture

How can you look at a replay when no foul called?

okiebuck's picture

Manchester who gives a shit...Euro trash

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

wibuckeye's picture

Time for a Revlon call

WIBUCKEYE

Doc's picture

Can I get ascore update please, with time remaining too. Thanks

"Say my name."

wibuckeye's picture

61-49 4:14 left

WIBUCKEYE

skid21's picture

So in college hoops 2 wrongs DO make a right?

wibuckeye's picture

51-44 8:00

WIBUCKEYE

okiebuck's picture

Big Ten officiating needs to step up to the quality of play in the league; the best conference deserves the best refs. 

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

RedStorm45's picture

These refs are awful.  Both ways.

wibuckeye's picture

At least we don't have Ted Valentine, my guess, he's in Ann Arbor to screw us there.

WIBUCKEYE

Unky Buck's picture

Teddy is a waste of perfectly good oxygen.

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tdible2132's picture

I agree. The crew that did the Indiana game is so bad. Same crew that blew the final call at Michigan on craft gettin hacked. Sad thing is that Terry Weimer (the guy who didn't call the foul) was my dads high school basketball coach..

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Good play, Tank.

The South will NOT rise again!

TLB's picture

Watching this game it surprises me I am still awake

wibuckeye's picture

Wisky pulls it out 63-60 at the horn.

WIBUCKEYE

skid21's picture

This Dan dude just needs to shut up.

AllDay028's picture

I like Dan Dakich, speaks his mind more than other commentators.

skid21's picture

Speaking your mind is only a good thing if you have a good mind :)

Unky Buck's picture

I like how the one announcer keeps saying "This game isn't over yet!" each time the Illini get within 10 points.

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skid21's picture

These refs are the worst I've seen in awhile but thankfully they are equally bad for both teams.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Is the score right? I feel like we should be up by 11 not 12. Maybe I'm wrong. 

The South will NOT rise again!

RedStorm45's picture

Wisconsin. Again. Wow.

tdible2132's picture

I might get some crap for this but Dan is a really good guy. He can definitely be annoying but I played basketball with his son Andrew growing up and Dan Dakich was always a real good dude. He coached some decent teams at BGSU too and I always really liked going to his basketball camps in the summer. He's a class act.

Knarcisi's picture

I like the guy. Insightful, honest, and likes us. 

Unky Buck's picture

I honestly don't mind him. I don't know if it's because I think he's bearable or if I think he's more bearable than other color commentators on ESPN. I'd take him over Dicky V every day of the week.

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tdible2132's picture

Haha exactly. At least he doesn't yell "ARE YOU SERIOUS!?" At least 3 times every game 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I actually like Dakich. I'm in the minority. 

The South will NOT rise again!

skid21's picture

I don't' think you are but I really don't like him. I don't think he is that knowledgeable. I think a lot of college basketball fans could offer as good, if not better, insight. A lot of people like him because he says things other people wouldn't say. However, I think other people wouldn't say them because they are actually really lame. But that's just my opinion.

skid21's picture

OK, this Dan dude is on my last nerve. Craft fouls or plays great defense. Make up your half-wit mind.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Dakich likes to hear himself talk.

rdubs's picture

LSJ misses more dadgum layups than any D1 college player I have ever seen.

Unky Buck's picture

I was thinking that same thing. I cringe nearly every time he gets the ball because I feel he's going to take an errant shot nearly every time. When he actually makes something, it's not a "Good job, Lenzelle." but more of a "Oh thank God he didn't miss that like he usually does." kind of thing.

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Knarcisi's picture

Go to your right hand, Lenzelle, and you make that layup. 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Really, Craft gets away with a lot?
Shut up and leave my Aaron alone!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

TLB's picture

I agree with him. I wouldnt be drawing attention to reach ins

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

A lesser person would downvote you good sir.
Dare to speak ill of the rosy-cheeked one.
:)

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

okiebuck's picture

Missed to many bunnies today.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

TLB's picture

9 missed layups. 3 followed by stupid fouls

johnblairgobucks's picture

This game hasn't had the feel of a matchup of two 20 win teams in March.

wibuckeye's picture

It's probably because he's a rosy cheeked white guy. ;-)

WIBUCKEYE

rdubs's picture

I know we have been up about 10 for awhile now, but does it seem like this arena is dead?  Maybe the tv just mutes some of the sound, but it seems really quiet.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Lenzele shoulda dunked that.  Oh wait, he tried that a couple weeks ago and that didn't go so well.  Maybe he should stick to defense and rebounding cause that is what everyone says he excels in doing......

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Thompson needs a highlight dunk here b4 the game ends.

okiebuck's picture

I'm with you NYC; I think he's good; can't really think of too many commentators in the college game who are better right now.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

BME_Buckeye's picture

Come on free fries please. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

wibuckeye's picture

It's not over yet.

WIBUCKEYE

wibuckeye's picture

Now it is!

WIBUCKEYE

TLB's picture

Capper to a poorly officiated game

skid21's picture

One of the worst I've ever seen, and that says a lot.

tdible2132's picture

LOL at that face Rav makes when he's not happy with a call. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Weird time to decide to enforce the intentional foul rule. That exact same play is called maybe 1 time in 50.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Knarcisi's picture

Here come some intentional fouls by Illinois that won't get called. 

rdubs's picture

Okay so he makes THAT lay-up?  I guess I'll take it.

ILbuckeyes's picture

There is vintage Lenzelle, not many guys work harder than him under the basket

Knarcisi's picture

Intentional foul, assholes. 

johnblairgobucks's picture


Good Game Buckeyes.
 

okiebuck's picture

Here comes the fat lady...Go Bucks!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Won't be sorry to see Brandon Paul leaving the Big Ten. 
OK, so...(tiniest voice) Go Michigan.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

ILbuckeyes's picture

Went to high school with Brandon, want to see him succeed but I am more than happy that was the last time we are playing him

Unky Buck's picture

Crean should take a lesson from Groce on how to shake hands at the end of the game

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Good game Bucks - did what we needed to do!  Ok, wolverweenies - your turn.....
ps....Manchester United 2 Chelsea 2 - based on the # of downvotes I am getting w/ my updates, I know you were all concerned