In this edition of the Writing Illini roundtable, the staff takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini’s game tonight against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The staff begs to act the question: can the Fighting Illini stay undefeated against Georgia Tech in Atlanta?
Ryan: Georgia Tech has lost 3 games this season by 10 (Dayton), 10 (Ole Miss), and 11 (St. John’s) points respectively. In the game against St. John’s, they led by 15 points with around 8 minutes to play in the first half, and ended up losing by double digits. If Illinois turns on their pressure defense from the opening tip they should be able to add a 4th L to Georgia Tech’s loss column. On the other hand, should the Illini start slow it may be difficult, but fans should keep the faith because Illinois has already shown that it can overcome a halftime road deficit. Either way my answer is a definite yes; Illinois can absolutely stay undefeated despite facing another road test.
Austin: Illinois has a very good chance to stay undefeated against Georgia Tech on Tuesday. Tech has not played extremely well thus far in the season, not that the Illini have been lights out. If they are able to come out playing well on offense and the defense is doing their job, look for Illinois to go to 8-0 and win another Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Ricky: After a very nice road victory in Las Vegas against UNLV, I expected the Illini to come back home and basically run the floor with IPFW. Well I was wrong. Illinois overcome a slow start and poor shooting to beat the Mastodons by only two points. Last year, Illinois was able to beat the Yellow Jackets with amazing shooting (47.4% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc). This year will be no different. Illinois will need to look to Nnanna Egwu for defensive presence in the paint and will need to make smart decisions when shooting the basketball. Expect Rice, Bertrand, Tate, and Abrams to help guide this team to a win over the Jackets in the ATL. However, do not be surprised if this turns into a nail biter towards the end of the game.
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writer, Austin Jabs.
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