Date: March 5, 2011
Gametime: 12:00 ET
TV: Big Ten Network
Illinois looks to salvage one last win at home, in what has become an increasingly disappointing season for the Illini. After a difficult finish against Purdue away from Assembly Hall, Bruce Weber’s squad needs to lock up their last home game of the season on senior night. With the Illini fighting for every win they can get, a slip up against the Hoosiers could provide the death blow to
Previous Match Up
The Hoosier’s bested their rival in what can be considered their only marquee win of the season (
Minnesota), their first over a top 25 opponent in two years and the best win of Tom Crean's three years in
A terrible game from Demetri McCamey, and team shooting that can only be described as worse then
How to enhance/ruin a tournament bid
Hot shooting will be crucial for
Keeping the Mikes in check (Tisdale and Davis), while locking down the Illini perimeter will be key to the Hoosier effort. With a lack of size and athleticism to match the Illini, the Hoosier's cannot get into a running match and need to control their league leading propensity to commit fouls (22.8/game).
McCamey needs to play up to his preseason billing. His disappearing act in crucial
The Illini need to build on that phenomenal first half they had against Purdue. Their offense was opening up clean looks with well executed motion, screens and back cuts against the conferences most efficient defense. Look for
Urgency with poise is what needs to dictate this game for
IU will get up for rivalry games as the first match up taught us, but I just do not see them playing the game of their lives when they have nothing tangible to play for.