Any chance Illinois beats No. 1 Indiana? Ask Voice of the Illini Brian Barnhart, who is chatting at 11 a.m. Thursday. Submit questions any time.
Good morning! Big night tonight with the #1 ranked Hoosiers coming to town. Lets get started!
How can anyone say this is a good recruiting class. It's a mid major or worse. The picking of a mid major coach has brought this about. The recruiters he has in Florida are about as good as Illinois States recruitersa tha havet a lot smaller budget for recruiting than Illinois. We had 7 kids in the Gainesville area that signed with div 1 schools. We never heard from any Illinois coach's or recruiters. Beckman, why don't you and your staff stop going after mid major players from up North and do some home work down here. If you don't get a better class next year, your butt will be looking to coach at another mid major school. Illinois has to go after a big name asst or head coach that has some recruiting clout, before they ever will get into the majjor recuiting game.
I have to admit ....I have no idea how to properly rate recruiting classes. I have to rely on what the recruiting experts say (Scout) and they believe that Illinois was able to haul in the 5th ranked class in the Big Ten. Rivals says 8th. Scout had the class ranked 39th nationally while Rivals had it at #46 in the nation. I have no way to know if they are right or wrong.
The Illini got 8 players from the state of Illinois...5 players from Ohio...and 3 each from Florida and California...among others. Sounds like they did make an effort in the key state of Florida and had some success.
Every coach has his area of strength and where he had lots of connections to high school coaches. Ron Zook happened to know a lot of people in Florida. Beckman seems to have a lot of connections in Ohio.
I am sure it varies from coach to coach and where the assistants come from as well.
The curious case of Sam McLaurin: Why is a gifted offense rebounder completely irrelevant on the defensive boards?
**Sam is averaging barely over 1 defensive rebound/game (28 in 23 games), despite playing over 20 minutes/game, the Illini are having to crash guards to the glass (Tracy, DJ, Brandon and Joe each have over twice as many d-boards as Sam!) - thus there is no way for our team to run and get layups and transition threes.
**At Coastal Carolina Sam had similar O-board stats to this year (between 2-3/game), BUT in both his So and Jr years he averaged almost 5 D-boards/game.
**As the leading Illini offensive rebounder, Sam is 166'th in the nation in that category. However he isn't even in the top 1000 defensive rebounders. Of the 165 people with more offensive rebounds than Sam, the LOWEST number of D-boards any of them have are a couple of guards with 53. There is not a single college basketball player in the country (more than 10min/game) with almost twice as many O-boards and D-boards.
**Sam has only had more than 2 defensive rebounds in a game one time, and more than 1 defensive rebound 7 times.
**In the three consecutive January losses (Min-WI-NW), Sam played 63 minutes WITHOUT A SINGLE DEFENSIVE REBOUND!
What is going on here?!?!
You have obviously done your homework. I really dont have an answer for you as to why Sam's defensive rebounding numbers are lower than everyone's else on the team who plays on a regular basis. I will ask one of the coaches and try to get an answer to that.
He does have 55 offensive rebounds which should result in extra possessions. The Illini havent always shot well enough in games to take advantage of what he brings to the table. He also does lots of other things on the court that never show up on a stat sheet.
Since you mentioned it...I checked....Tyler Griffey has 20 offensive rebounds/52 defensive rebounds. Myke Henry has 23 offensive rebounds/20 defensive rebounds. Those are the other two guys that primarily play at the #4 spot.
Thanks for the question!
My sister is an IU grad. Do you have any good prank ideas if we lose?
No...not much of a prankster actually!
I guess if she asks the best way to get back to Bloomington. Indiana...you could tell her to take I-74 west from Champaign......Ha!
But you didnt hear that from me!
Man...you guys are taking it easy on me. Talk to you tonight from the Assembly Hall!