Illini Basketball Weaknesses: Zones, Neutral Courts, and Complacency

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It’s certainly nice that Illini basketball has started 2-0 in Big Ten play. It’s a lot better than  0-2.

Their win yesterday over Wisconsin was just the second time they’ve beaten a ranked opponent in ’10-’11. (Gonzaga, exactly like the Badgers, were ranked #24 in the coaches poll, receiving votes in the AP). It was a good win, and the Illini do have a couple decent wins this season, but their overall body of college basketball work has still revealed three red flags which could lead to big trouble.

One issue is internal, the other a natural part of the game and the third a strategy their opponents may choose to implement against them.

By Paul M. Banks

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Diagnosis: Illinois

By Paul Schmidt

What exactly is wrong with the Illini?

Perhaps more specifically, why can’t the Illinois men’s basketball team play well on the road? Or in the first halves of games? Or with any degree of consistency?

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