Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Monster win in Minneapolis

Big win for the ILLINI tonight ON THE ROAD in Minneapolis as we took charge in the 2nd half on route to a 71-65 victory in the BARN. That moves us to 10-5 in the BIG-10 and 3-4 on the road. The 'experts' say that you have to win at home and go 50% on the road. We're on our way. Bring on SPARTY this Saturday.

Tonight was about Augustine and Pruitt. Dee had a nice game, but didn't shoot the ball particularly well. He's due for a break-out stretch, but I hope that doesn't happen until the BIG DANCE starts. James almost had a triple - double with 16 points, 12 boards, and a career-high 7 assists.

Our defense continues to carry us deep into the conference schedule. I don't know if there is a better defensive team out there in the nation. We pick up the pressure early an often in the half-court game, especially when we smell blood in the water. I like how our quick hands are always looking for the tip or the steal. And, we fill the lanes like nobody I've seen of late.

Our offense has been struggling of late but is getting better. Lots of good action tonight with the pick and roll. James had a great night in the post PASSING the ball. As soon as the perimeter shooting comes around a little bit as I expect it to (and that's contagious) we're going to be very tough to defend and beat in March.

And speaking of March, it's now March in New York. The Madness is upon us. Get those brackets ready. The FINAL 4 is in Indy this year. How far is that from Champaign?

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