[quote=“NittanyIllini, post:9, topic:1497”]Just as an update…Texas 90 Illinois 84 F/OT
In the immortal words of Dennis Green…“They are who we thought they were”
Texas was very successful in taking McCamey out of the action most of the second half and overtime. The Illini were forced to find other ways to run the offense and at times did OK, but not nearly as efficiently and effectively as they were in the first half. But like I stated above, beyond McCamey, the Illini will struggle in their half court sets, very similar to when teams take Battle away. Then again, there is Jereme Richmond :o
Also, the Illini look thin, yet big and deep up front “Thin” and “big” in the sense of being tall, not bulky with guys who can fill up space and get rebounds. Then again, there is Jereme Richmond :o
By the way, Tisdale fouled out on a few phantom calls, though Texas was very aggressive against him, causing contact. And Richmond fouled out midway through the overtime period. With those two on the floor, Illinois I feel wins this game.
Illinois faces Maryland in the consolation of the Coaches vs Cancer Tourney this afternoon at 5:00 on ESPN2. Chance to see two of the Nits future opponents.[/quote]
While watching the last few minutes of regulation in that game, I was thinking McCamey WAS the problem with the half court set.
As the analysts were making McCamey out to be a great player by saying “he’s taking over the game”, I thought he was forcing the action and putting up horrible shots at the end. You play McCamey and the game is over, he’s not giving up the ball. It wasn’t heroic, it was selfish and short-sighted.