PODCAST: Sports Talk 11-29-16: Play now!
Steve Kelly and Loren Tate listen to Sean Harrington from ESPN-U, Illini men's basketball head coach John Groce, and to Illini men's basketballers Tracy Abrams and Te'Jon Lucas.
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North Carolina State at Illinois, 8 p.m. Tuesday
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Jaylon Tate Sr. 6-3 5.1
Our updated rankings after the season’s first week, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:
RK., SCHOOL REC. PREV. COMMENT
1. Champaign Central 2-1 1 Maroons have quick turnaround, but short trip, when they play at Urbana at 7:30 p.m. today.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football defensive ends Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips saw their collegiate careers end Saturday, but they’re still being recognized for their contributions to the Illini.
Monday saw Lovie Smith stop by a variety of high schools in the Chicagoland area, with the Class of 2017 needing to fill up in the next few months. Here are four in-state seniors the Illini should focus their attention on after they shined this past weekend at Memorial Stadium:
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has an offensive style it wants to play. Push the pace in the full court. Work the ball inside (for points in the paint) to out (three-pointers) in the halfcourt.
But that’s an identity the Illini have yet to establish consistently this season. Hampering that cause? An inability to hang on to the ball.
A look at how UI basketball beat writer Scott Richey's polls compare with those of the Associated Press:
Richey's Men's Top 25
From the perspectives of John Groce, Gus Phan and the men’s basketball program, there has seldom been a time when Illinois so desperately needed a victory.
It could be anybody. It just happens to be North Carolina State on Tuesday. What we’re witnessing is the cumulative impact of a multi-year spiral.