A little more than 40 days ago, I decided to try something new with my basketball focus for Writing Illini.
Coming off a roller-coaster 2009-2010 season marked by countless peaks and valleys, I decided to revisit the 32 Illini basketball games that I recorded last season, with the purpose of cutting out the emotion and reviewing what went right and wrong both collectively and individually.
I called this fact-finding experience “Illini Tale of the Tape.”
Little did I know how much work watching every game all over again would entail, but somehow I got it done, beginning on June 8th with the Presbyterian game and finishing yesterday with the Dayton loss in the NIT Quarterfinals.
In the process, I confirmed some suspicions, altered some of my opinions, and learned some new things about the Illinois basketball team, all of which I plan to start sharing in the next couple of days.
The first extension from the Illini Tale of the Tape series will be a Summer School session where I provide individual breakdowns of returning Illini basketball players and then detail areas where they need to improve heading into a 2010-2011 season that appears promising on paper. Look for that to get started in the coming days.
As for now, here is the comprehensive list of 2009-2010 Illinois basketball games that I watched and broke down during the past two months (and with that, I exhale).
Topics: Assembly Hall, Bill Cole, Brandon Paul, Bruce Weber, D.J. Richardson, Demetri McCamey, Dominique Keller, Illini Basketball, Illinois Basketball, Jeff Jordan, Jeffrey Jordan, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale, Richard Semrau, Tyler Griffey, U-of-I Basketball, University Of Illinois