Tate: What about next year?
Columnist Loren Tate's column for Saturday's N-G focuses on Bruce Weber's legacy at Illinois. A sample:
What Illinois has returning is not upper-division talent. In this era of the three-point shot, this team just finished in a virtual dead heat with Penn State for last in the Big Ten in three-point shooting and three-point defense. Illinois gave up 69 more arc points on 55 fewer shots. Alone, those two facts make it nearly impossible to win. Couple that with erratic ballhandling (Brandon Paul ran his turnovers to 109), and help is needed ... and it isn’t yet coming.
The upcoming junior class, once so promising with Jereme Richmond, Crandall Head and Leonard, would be void if Joe Bertrand hadn’t redshirted. Upcoming seniors Tyler Griffey, D.J. Richardson and Paul are best known for their struggles. After three years, we pretty much know what to expect.
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