Nebraska 63 Illinois 62
Last night I was comparing the Illini to Rajon Rondo. Rando, the Boston Celtics starting point guard, is a god awful shooter. Illinois is a god awful shooting team. The difference? Rando knows this and attacks the basket with regularity and is able to get a good chunk of his points near the rim. Illinois still settles with many outside shots, and they continue to miss them, over and over again. There is no reason for this team to take 21 three point shots. This team should not be allowed to take more than ten threes a game. The guards need to drive to the basket and Leonard needs to get himself in position to receive entry passes. While Illinois shot 3 for 21 from long range, they shot an incredible 22 of 35 from inside the arch, a percentage of 62.8%. Tracy Abrams had a great night with a career high 22 points, but for a guy who struggles with his outside shot, he led the team with six three pointers attempted. He was one for six beyond the arch, but eight of ten inside it. Rajon Rondo accepts the fact that he can't shoot, while Illinois continues to put up brick after brick.
Nebraska is bad, but Illinois is demoralized. Its a road game, and Illinois has had major issues on the road. While Nebraska has struggled itself losing four in a row, Illinois continues to play to their weaknesses. They need this win badly to make up for one of those home losses, but their slipping defense coupled with their inconsisent offense makes it hard for me to pick in their favor, regardless of who they match up against.
What do you guys think? Do the Illini pick up a win against an inferior team or does the season reach a new low? Let me know with your thoughts and preditions below. Prediction standings will be updated sometime next week. Got a busy set of days coming up. Have a good one and talk to you after Saturday.