Jackson: Exhibition was too close for comfort

Jackson: Exhibition was too close for comfort

We asked beat writer Marcus Jackson for his thoughts on Sunday’s exhibition finale. His take:

John Groce has maintained from the start of his tenure at Illinois that he would ideally like to utilize a nine-player rotation. “I’d love for nine to emerge and 10 to emerge,” he said Sunday. A name that might come as a surprise to most fans, Mike LaTulip, got a shot Sunday as the ninth guy and might figure into the rotation when Illinois opens its season Friday against Colgate at the Assembly Hall. The walk-on guard played with the regulars in Sunday’s too-close-for-comfort 75-66 win against West Chester in the exhibition finale. The 6-foot guard from Arlington Heights made a nifty layup for his only bucket and finished with two points and two turnovers in five minutes. “He could be,” Groce said when asked if LaTulip was in the mix to be that ninth guy. “He’s practiced well. Our staff talked about it. He did some good things. I thought the first half he was pretty good, second half he struggled a little bit; he got sped up on that one turnover. Mike’s his toughest critic. ... He did some good things in practice and warranted the opportunity that he got tonight.”


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mattd149 wrote on November 05, 2012 at 6:11 am

Well at least he gives all the guys a chance. For years weber forgot that he had a walkon sharpshooter. His name has slipped me. There were alot of games we were down ten in the last seconds and weber never called on his best shooter because he was a walk on

calvin wrote on November 05, 2012 at 10:11 am

Weber's gone............boring hearing five years of debate..........people must have been addicted to griping about him..............time for the next regime

DaisyJ wrote on November 05, 2012 at 12:11 pm

What is with Barnharts continued screaming into the mike on meaninless plays. What is with the mumbles from Hester. You cannot understand him. Thomas, are you listening , get rid of both


Illinix4 wrote on November 05, 2012 at 3:11 pm


I suggest you take your hearing aids in for a check up.  Sounds like you are getting intermittent range in volume.

DaisyJ wrote on November 05, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Will not help, I turn it down for Barnhart, up for the muffler Hester. He is a great person, but not

an announcer.