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  1. #1
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    # 6 ILLINOIS vs # 7 MICHIGAN STATE

    Michigan State comes calling on Illinois featuring
    a match up of two of the final four teams of last year.

    Illinois opens a 6.5 point chalk.

    MSU opens the Big-10 with 4 straight games against
    teams ranked in the top 25. The Spartans are the only
    team in the nation to open conference play with its first 4 games
    Vs ranked opponents.

    MSU is loaded in depth and talent, the coach is
    one of the brightest in the land, they will come to play hard.

    MSU has issues playing defense, they are allowing
    over 72 points per game while locking it down, the perimeter
    3 point defense is also very suspect allowing over 36%
    from the arc....

    MSU is money at the charity stripe, 75% that's good for
    6th in the nation. Paul Davis is hitting over 88%.

    Coach Izzo said "There is a train wreck coming, my job
    is to make sure they know it (my players)..


    A LOOK AT ILLINOIS

    Illinois leads the Big-10 in scoring margin at 19.9 pg

    Winners of 29 straight home games

    True Freshmen Jamar Smith leads the nation in 3 point
    FG% at a blistering 56.9%.

    DEFENSE WINS GAMES

    Holding opponents to 55 points a game on 39% shooting.

    Illinois has not given up more than 65 pts to any team this year
    holding 10 of 14 teams to less than 60 points a game.

    The outside perimeter defense is even more impressive
    holding opponents to 27%

    CRASHING THE BOARDS

    An area that Illinois has really improved upon this year
    over last year is in Rebounding. Illinois is averaging 38.4 rpg
    and have totaled over 40 plus boards 6 times this year.

    Illinois has out rebounded opponents by an average of 8.5 per game.
    Last year in comparison the Illini out rebounded opponents by 3.0 per game.

    ILLINI STAT OF THE DAY

    Illinois center James Augustine has won the opening tip in
    all but one game this year, and he has won the opening tip
    81% of the time in his career, 92-21 overall...

    FINAL THOUGHT

    Illinois opens a 5.0 chalk, I see no reason that they will not cover
    this number. Both teams will come to play and I expect it to be a
    superior game. The turning point will be Illinois clamp down defense,
    and MSU's lack of defense.

    My numbers show Illini by 8
    Last edited by Carpet; 01-05-2006 at 12:21 PM.

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    Illinois 60...MSU 50

    Illinois played clamp down defense as predicted.....
    Holding MSU to 50 points ....thats 30 below that teams
    average.....

    MSU's outside 3 point defense was weak
    allowing Dee Brown to smoke em for 8 treys and
    32 points.

    At half time MSU coach Izzo was asked....

    What adjustment will you make for Dee Brown at the
    half.....

    The Coach replied "The only adjustment I would make
    on Dee Brown is to recruit Michael Jordan"


    Illinois covers the spread, a moves to 15-0.....

    Iowa is next.....Should be a great Defensive battle....

    I hope you all jumped onto the Carpet for this game
    and picked up some change....For me it was HUGE (lol)

    Carpet

    Semper Fi

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    Great call! I was busy today and didn't play anything. Bad day to miss it looks like.

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    Good work, I balked when the line moved up, should have grabbed some of this early. Great D by the Orange.

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    I was with you on the Illini!

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    great capping Carpet, thanks for the winner

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