On the eve of Big Ten play, I talked with Joe Kutsunis of the SB nation Illinois blog, Hail to the Orange. My questions are in bold.
Illinois has had some good wins in non-conference play but some bad losses as well. Is that about what you expected with a young team, or are the 4 losses a big disappointment?
The losses are very much a disappointment, especially given the quality of the teams that the losses have come to. In hindsight maybe we should have seen an inconsistent and generally defensively weak team coming, given that the team lost its best two defenders from last season, and is now very much reliant on freshmen for a lot of scoring. This team is trying to make the tournament, and these losses may come back to haunt them later on.
Looking at the Illini roster, there are 5 guys averaging double figure points but no one over 14 a game. Does any one player need to step up and be the go to guy down the stretch, or is the balanced attack the way to go?
What kind of game do you expect Wednesday night?