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PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 11-26-16

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 11-26-16: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Joe Henrickson, Teddy Greenstein and Glen Mason.

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First venture from home doesn't end well

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Snappy passes. Some movement away from the ball. A good energy.

All was right for Illinois offensively in Friday’s first half save for one crucial detail: some made shots.

Statistically, the Illini were better in the final 20 minutes. They shot a higher percentage from the field. Scored more points. Path to a possible upset against No. 25 Florida State, right?

UI MBB grades: C- vs. Florida State

Player of the Game: Xavier Rathan-Mayes

The Seminoles junior — and one-time Illini recruiting target — wasn’t Florida State’s leading scorer, but the 6-foot-4 guard had 10 points and, more important, managed to keep the ball out of Malcolm Hill’s hands late.

Backcourt: FSU B, Illini D

UI MBB notebook: Lucas continues to impress

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Illinois has stuck with the same starting lineup most of the season. Initial substitutions off the bench have been fairly standard, too.

Friday’s NIT Season Tip-Off third-place game against No. 25 Florida State was different in both regards.

Tate: Latest losses leave concern

Thoroughly discouraged Illini basketball fans don’t know what to expect in Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge date against North Carolina State.

Caught in a three-game swoon, John Groce’s squad was exposed in losses to West Virginia (89-57) and Florida State (72-61) in Brooklyn, N.Y., raising all manner of questions about the 24 games remaining in the regular season.

Illini Recap: 'We didn't fight for 40 minutes'

Illinois coach John Groce and players Malcolm Hill, Leron Black and Te'Jon Lucas hit on the key issue in Friday's loss to Florida State — not enough defensive stops. 

Richey: Not enough stops — or offense — for Illinois

Beat writer Scott Richey breaks down Illinois' 72-61 loss to No. 25 Florida State in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Plays of the game - Florida State

Today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World plays of the game:

Breakout game for Lucas...

Malcolm in the middle...

And bonus Lucas!

-Tim

PODCAST: Fasteners Etc. Postgame Show 11-25-16

PODCAST: Fasteners Etc. Postgame Show 11-25-16: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Steve Kelly take your calls on the PNC Bank Fanline and break down the Fighting Illini's loss to Florida State on the Fastners Etc. Postgame Show.

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LIVE! Florida State

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Florida State outscored Illinois 28-17 in the final 10 minutes of the second half, and the 25th-ranked Seminoles handed the Illini their third straight loss with a 72-61 victory in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center.