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    Game Day Essentials: Game #8 vs Illinois

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      Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-1) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (2-5)

      Date: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
      Time: 4 p.m. 
      Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

      Broadcast:  BTN





    Illinois Info

    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: 7+
    Line: Nebraska by 12

    Tempo: Fast paced

    Defense: West Vriginia-esque pressrue

    Announcer to watch: Kent Pavelka. There should be a wikipedia page for the guy (todo list).  Kent called basketball games from 1974-1996 and then started back again in 2006 which puts him at 35 seasons if I'm doing the math correctly.  Back in 2013 I contacted Kent about doing a "soundboard" which he was all in on once I was able to show him what I was thinking to the point where he sent me in the direction of some of his classic calls. We've updated the soundboard and renamed it the Pavelkatron 1000 in honor of today's milestone.






    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 39.1% from 3



    Player to watch: Ayo Dosunmu

    In season 2 Brad Underwood has pulled the 5 star Chicago kid that John Groce never could.  The 6'5" guard is currently shooting over 50% from 3 and is one of the better rebounders on the team


    Miles Presser


    KenPom Helps explain the Roster


      PG SG SF PF C Pct
    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


    • Bezhanishvili has been a pleasant surprise for the Illini and the freshman center has been an inside force
    • Aaron Jordan is a 3pt threat, shooting 50% on high volume
    • Da"Monte Williams is an efficient but unwilling scorer
    • 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
    • 7' Grad Transfer Adonis De La Rosa and 7' Frosh Samba Kane play sparingly
    • There is a lot of roster turnover as Mark Smith and Michael Finke transferred while Leron Black went pro


    The Skinny: Illinois has played one of the more challenging schedules in the conferences with close loses against Gonzaga and Notre Dame among others. Brad Underwood's squad is still runs the Huggins/Martin type defensive pressure that turns you over but has questionable results as this team little to no rim protecting players. This manifests itself statistically as Illinois is one of the top teams in defensive turnover % but is 336th in the country for 2pt% defense; Once teams can get past the perimeter pressure it's often an easy layup.


    The things that might worry you are that Illinois should have beaten Nebraska twice last year and have mostly been in every game despite the record. A big part of the Illini success against Nebraska last year was making Glynn Watson's life miserable as he was held to 10 points in 2 games. Look for a more confident Watson to rebound and concentrate on giving Trent Frazier fits. Illinois didn't turn the Huskers over last year a ton...it was the passiveness of protecting the ball that lead to those close games.  Look for a confident Nebraska team to open this game up at some point as this is an Illinois team that will beat themselves.  Illinois plays a style that fits a team trying to make up a deficit so the Huskers can probably never rest easy in this game.


    Prediction: Nebraska 80 - Illlinois 68

    Edited by hhcmatt

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