The OP Stat of the game: a big second half of suck.
After leading 47-27 at the half, the Tigers were out-scored 49-27 in the second half.
Time to make some adjustments, nope- just keep on keeping on.
This guy knows what I'm talking about.
This guy definitely knows what I'm talking about.
The Tigers could not adjust to the zone. They were forced outside and could not respond. The Illini, on the other hand, were able to take advantage of size matchups .
I feel like I've been forced against to watch hours and hours of a Robin Williams comedy skit. My eyes hurt, my brain hurts, and I am about to go insane.
It is almost incomprehensible how a loss like this could happen- at home no less. The Tigers had the national stage, a 23 point lead, and well, they blew it. The only consolation, at least nationally, is that many people might have turned the channel- hopefully they didn't comeback.
The game was a tale of two (cliched) halves. Tiger domination the first half. Tiger frustration and futility the second. And while it could have technically gone both ways, David Potter's "drive" in the end game was not ever going to fall.
The Tigers did not adjust their offense to the zone schemes the Illini were playing in the second half. And while the Illini were shooting lights out, it didn't help that the Tigers, again, could not rotate to the baseline on defense. When they were able to move down low, a screen forced a guard to be matched up against they tallest player.
And again, for god's sake, GET TREVOR BOOKER THE BALL ON EVERY POSSESSION.
Yes, every single one.
Still, it is early.
This is a demoralizing loss. Hopefully the team responds against an injury-depleted USC team next.
I almost don't even care. I'm numb.