March 7 Voice of the Illini chat

March 7 Voice of the Illini chat

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:00am

Brian Barnhart was courtside for the debacle at Iowa. Ask him about anything Illini during his 11 a.m. Thursday chat. Submit questions of any kind at any time and he'll get back to you.

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 10:03 am
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Good morning!  Wild times in the Big Ten Conference as we head for the Big Ten Tournament next week.   Lets get started.


 


 

97ClassAChamp wrote on March 07, 2013 at 10:03 am

I was wondering if you have any idea why Langford doesn't get any playing time?  When I have seen him on the court he looked good hustling and grabbing some strong boards?  Also what happen to Shaw?  He was getting some minutes last year.

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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John Groce established his basic 8-man rotation in early November and there hasn't been much change in that rotation since then.  Myke Henry has slipped in and out of that top 8 at times but has been playing more lately.  Mike Shaw made a brief splash at Wisconsin during a lopsided loss to the Badgers.  Langford has given good minutes at times when the Illini had some foul trouble but hasn't been seen much in recent games.


A lot of it simply has to do with being outperformed on a daily basis in practice during the season by the guys that normally play.  Also.... the guys not in the top 8 rotation usually have certain strengths and weaknesses they bring to the table and if that strength can help in certain situations.... then they play.  When those strengths are not needed....they dont play.  If they are weaker in certain areas on offense or defense....then they are not going to be used either.


These games are like giant chess matches.  As a coach you try to go with your best pieces on the board to give your team the best chance to win.  Right now guys like Langford and Shaw are not among that group.  I think both Devin and Mike understand their role on the team and work really hard in practice to help the team prepare to win.

FredFan7 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am

I imagine it was a pretty quiet ride back to CU after the Iowa game.  What was the team's mood when you all landed at Willard?

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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Very quiet ride back home  on the bus from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids and then on the plane ride home to Champaign.  Always is that way after a loss.


On top of that is was very cold on the tarmac at Willard when we landed at around 10:45 pm.  I am just glad we were able to get back home after a snowy day in both Iowa City and Champaign.


 

FredFan7 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am

Are you oging to watch the football team's spring practices?  What does Beckman hope to learn this spring?

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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Yes I will be attending spring practice this year and will do that mostly once the basketball season is over. 


I think Tim Beckman will be looking to get the offensive line situation figured out this spring as well as getting some depth at receiver.  Steve Hull is making the move to receiver which will help.    Coach Beckman will also be looking at the secondary after losing some key seniors and will be watching the early arrivals from both high school and junior college to see how much they can help the team this fall. 


Should be interesting. 

Anonymous Jim wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am

Brian, how difficult is it for you to watch this particular group and their inconsistent effort?<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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This has actually been a pretty fun team to watch.  They started strong at 12-0.  They did go through the tough 3-8 stretch which wasn't much fun.  But the last month has been great to watch with the historic win over #1 Indiana...the wins against Minnesota, Northwestern and  Purdue , as well as  the grind-it-out victories over Nebraska and Penn State.


The immediate future should be entertaining as well with the Big Ten Tournament back in Chicago and a potential looming NCAA bid on the horizon.


I will say the months of  February and March 2013 have certainly been more fun than February and March of 2012.

jjohnson wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am

Brian, not that there was ever a lot of ethics in college sports, but when did the kind of departure or offer that cost us an offensive line coach creep in? I would not think the new Purdue coach is going to make many friends this way, not that he probably cares a bit.

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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It was kind of strange to see the new offensive line coach leave for Purdue just a short time after arriving in Champaign.  Especially since the move seems like a lateral one.


I dont know the connection however between Coach Bridge and the new coach in West Lafayette.  I do know that assistant coaches are always on the move...either for a better financial situation or to work with guys they know or have worked with in the past.  


Some people will read a lot into the sudden move and that is ok I guess.  But a year from now is anybody actually going to remember the name of the offensive line coach who was with Illinois for about a week?  


I doubt it.


 

Brian Barnhart wrote on March 07, 2013 at 11:03 am
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Ok...good questions today.  Dont forget the Illini women play at the Big Ten Tournament later today around 2 pm.  Good luck to Matt Bollant's team!