Northwestern 68, UI 54: Just the facts

Northwestern 68, UI 54: Just the facts

WHAT HAPPENED
After winning 28 of 29 against their in-state rivals at the Assembly Hall, the Illini have now lost two straight at home to the Wildcats thanks to five first-half NU threes and 20 points from Reggie Hearn.

WHAT THE WILDCATS SAID
“Needless to say it’s a very good win for us, especially on the road. I thought we played one of our better games this year. I think you have to to beat these guys here.” — coach Bill Carmody

WHAT THE ILLINI SAID
“Obviously, the combination of them playing really well and us not playing really well, we’ve had that happen a couple of games in a row here. I appreciate our guys’ effort. In the second half I thought we played a lot harder.” — coach John Groce

WHAT IT MEANS
When the polls come out Monday, the Illini will not be ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since the week of Nov. 19 just before they won the Maui Invitational.

WHAT’S NEXT
John Groce will take his fourth crack at winning his 100th career game when the Illini travel to Nebraska in an attempt to end a nine-game Big Ten road losing streak.

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SEMOIllini wrote on January 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    

Poor, poor 3-point shooting--again, poor free-throw shooting, poor rebounding, and uninspired play = another bad loss.  

 

Railsplitter wrote on January 18, 2013 at 6:01 am

What did you expect. They can't shoot threes, they can't shoot free throws anc they never have been rebounders .

godisdad wrote on January 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I mean, it's not like Neil Alexander is their coach, how well do you expect them to be able to shoot threes and free throws? He could also probably coach up a better attempt at a full court press.

Moonpie wrote on January 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Does Bushleague Jackson ever write an actual story? Can he?


Why the surprise the Illini suck? They have no inside game, no mental toughness, and can't shoot.


Bushleague and Oracle Tate can hype and cheerlead all they want, but this team is doomed.