Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quick thoughts on the Illinois-Maryland debacle

  • If you had told me that the refs would let them play to the extent they did tonight, I would have guess that Illinois would win by ten. But they were awful. Brutally awful. And most of it happened inside.
  • Sean Pruitt was awful. The next pass he makes out of the post will be the first. He goes to the hole and flings the ball at the basket, and the one time he got a chance to dunk, he choked. A guy that shoots from no more than five feet out finished 4-16 from the field. Man, that sucks.
  • Brian Randle wasn't much better. 2-8 from the field, and stuffed at least once by a guy he should have owned. And he couldn't get it done from the free throw line either.
  • On the defensive end, Maryland killed the Illini in th paint. They walked into the lane over and over again, with almost no resistance. The difference in the paint was roughly 40-15 or so. That's pathetic. The Illini made one two point basket in the last eight minutes, and Pruitt promptly missed the subsequent free throw that would have pulled the Illini to within one.
  • Rodney Alexander played pretty well, then inexplicably didn't see the floor for the most important part of the game.
  • Calvin Brock started well, hit a jumper at the beginning of the second half. Then disappeared.

Really bad performance tonight against a pretty bad Maryland team. They need to be better than that.

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