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    Game Day Essentials: Game #22 vs Illinois

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-8) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-15)

      Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
      Time: 1:15 p.m. 
      Arena: State Farm Arena

      Broadcast:  BTN

       

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    Illinois Info

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    Head Coach: Brad Underwood

    Location: Champaign, IL 
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Fightin Illini

    MascotChief Illiniwek They got rid of Chief Illiniwek in 2007

    Shirt not to wear: Orange, Blue

    Last time out: Lost to Notre Dame
    Typical Rotation Depth: 9+
    Line: Nebraska by 4

    Tempo: Fast paced

    Defense: West Vriginia-esque pressrue

     

    Player to watch: Trent Frazier

    The dynamic sophomore has picked up where he left off last year and is the team's leading scorer, shooting 39.7% from 3

     

     

    Player to watch: Giorgi Bezhanishvili

    The 6'9" freshman is a ball of emotion and seems exactly like the type of player Brad Underwood wants at the 5. Excels at rebounding on both ends and has nice shooting touch at the rim though is foul prone.

     

    KenPom Helps explain the Roster

     

      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1
    1 Trent Frazier
    6-1  170  So
    20 Da'Monte Williams
    6-3  200  So
    11 Ayo Dosunmu
    6-5  185  Fr
    23 Aaron Jordan
    6-5  210  Sr
    15 Giorgi Bezhanishvili
    6-9  235  Fr
    15.5
     

     

    • 5 star Dosunmu has cooled off but is a threat to score 20 any given night
    • Aaron Jordan is a 3pt threat, shooting 40% on high volume
    • Da"Monte Williams has really been struggling to score
    • 6'6" Kipper Nichols is a inconsistent highlight reel dunker who slots in at the 4
    • Andres Feliz is a juco transfer originally committed to USF out of HS. The 6'2" guard has started a couple of games
    • Suspended during the Nebraska game, 6'7" Fr Tevian Jones has scored in double digits the last two games
    • 7' Grad Transfer Adonis De La Rosa and 7' Frosh Samba Kane play sparingly

     

    The Skinny: Illinois is a 6 win team you don't want to play because of their non-standard attacking style and frenzied pace that one might use to erase a deficit.  Keeping the Illini off the offensive glass will be a challenge as well as not turning the ball over. What will help this struggling offense though is the number of easy buckets the aggressive Illinois defense gives up.  The Illini also don't have a 4 of significant size so the loss of Copeland won't be a drastic on defense.

     

    If you look at the career of Glynn Watson vs Illlini, Nebraska has gone as he has. We'll see if that holds true today.

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 72 - Illinois 68

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    4 minutes ago, Huskerpapa said:

    I believe the game is at 1:15 pm.  Anyone checking in at 4:15 will only find a box score showing a Husker win...

     

    Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
    Time: 4 p.m. 
    Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

    Broadcast:  BTN

     

    I thought we decided to start posting game times in Alaskan time?  No?  😂

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    If the prediction thread is any indication, over half of our fans (predictors) believe Illinois will win this game.  So there shouldn't be a lot of angst if we lose, right?

     

    I for one cannot believe that our shooting slump will continue.  We shall see.

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    Not a fan of this matchup right now because of our recent issues with energy and effort. That's exactly the kind of game that Illinois can beat you in. If we play as hard a we did against Wisconsin and shoot about the same as a junior high team with blindfolds, I like our chances. Anything less, though, and we might be in trouble again. 

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    52 minutes ago, Huskerpapa said:

    I believe the game is at 1:15 pm.  Anyone checking in at 4:15 will only find a box score showing a Husker win...

     

    Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
    Time: 4 p.m. 
    Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

    Broadcast:  BTN

     

    Just think if you showed up at the PBA!!!

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    40 minutes ago, hhcmatt said:

     

    Just think if you showed up at the PBA!!!

     

    Or the drive there.  You turn on the radio to catch the pre-game show and ya end up with the postgame show.

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    5 minutes ago, The Polish Rifle said:

    ADIDAS alternates for us have been on point for basketball. Wish I could say the same for football.

     

    Now, adidas needs to make their best stuff -- given to staff & student-athletes -- also available to the general public. This stuff would sell out.... like The Vault does every night! GBR !!!

     

     

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    Just now, AuroranHusker said:

     

    Now, adidas needs to make their best stuff -- given to staff & student-athletes -- also available to the general public. This stuff would sell out.... like The Vault does every night! GBR !!!

     

     

    Also one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't think they realize how starved we are for good fan gear. Seems like Nike does a much better job in that respect. 

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    1 minute ago, The Polish Rifle said:

    Also one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't think they realize how starved we are for good fan gear. Seems like Nike does a much better job in that respect. 

     

    I've found that local NE distributors have picked up the slack. I scoop up whatever's done locally. Often it's high quality stuff, too. GBR !!!

     

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    54 minutes ago, AuroranHusker said:

     

    I've found that local NE distributors have picked up the slack. I scoop up whatever's done locally. Often it's high quality stuff, too. GBR !!!

     

     

    Anyone in particular?

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    19 hours ago, hhcmatt said:

    If you look at the career of Glynn Watson vs Illlini, Nebraska has gone as he has

     

    This was a dead on nail. I hate you for your powers of supernatural clairvoyance. Although I think that's redundant, isn't it. 

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    15 minutes ago, hhcmatt said:

     

    I've been travelling this entire weekend else I would have deleted this dud in minutes

     

    This way was more fun.   😎   😂

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    On 2/3/2019 at 12:16 PM, HB said:

     

    This way was more fun.   😎   😂

    It's been a mixed bag embodied by me forgetting my laptop in the Omaha airport because I was distracted by Bill Murray being there

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    12 minutes ago, hhcmatt said:

    It's been a mixed bag embodied by me forgetting my laptop in the Omaha airport because I was distracted by Bill Murray being there

     

    He was no doubt on his way to the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach this week.  Cable Guy will be playing in it again with a big Husker hoops fan on his bag.  

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    9 minutes ago, HB said:

     

    He was no doubt on his way to the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach this week.  Cable Guy will be playing in it again with a big Husker hoops fan on his bag.  

     

    Maybe. He was on his way to LA on Thursday. Omaha isn't usually a place where one connects though Chicago was closed due to the cold.

     

    I am to be reunited with my laptop tonight. If anyone gets there before me they can log in and gain control of the HHC. The password is mikegesell$basement

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