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2021-22 Game 14: 1/6 @Illinois 7PM ESPN2


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#1 BSLZackKiesel

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 10:11 AM

After their loss to Iowa on Monday, Maryland has another tough road test in store for them as they'll face Illinois on Thursday night. The Fighting Illini currently hold a 10-3 (3-0) record, with losses to Cincinnati and Marquette in mid-November pushing them out of the AP Poll after starting the season ranked #11. Their best win so far came on the road against Iowa in early December, with other notable victories over Kansas State and Notre Dame.

 

As a team, they're much better than their ranking (or lack thereof), and KenPom puts them as the second-best team in the conference behind Purdue. Maryland's big men will have their hands full with Kofi Cockburn, who leads the Fighting Illini in points, rebounds, and blocks per game.

 

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  • Maryland: #58 (#79 AdjO, #58 AdjD; #182 AdjT)
  • Illinois: #11 (#10 AdjO, #26 AdjD; #158 AdjT)

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 10:29 AM

Illinois just played last night. So our best hope is they’re a little tired tomorrow. They look great here of late, and their early season struggles were in part due to Cockburn’s suspension.

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 10:44 AM

Illinois looks like a tall task for Maryland.  They will have to have one of their rare good shooting nights.


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Posted 05 January 2022 - 10:51 AM

MD has to get more out of their bench. 

Not just vs. Illinois, but overall. 

Martinez has flashed a few times, but overall hasn't produced enough. 

 

Green was supposed to be a defensive stopper, and a very experienced guy...  the defense is solid, but was hoping he could give you something offensively. 

 

Reese will continue to play, and that's a good thing. But he's going to have up and downs like any Freshman. Really, he's a 6th starter.

I'd like to see Cornish, Dockery, Dziuba get off the bench and used some.  Will see if any of them can do enough in practice to earn time. 

 

Probably the most likely to see anytime is Wright, and obviously he's pretty limited... but still.. if you can steal a few minutes there, maybe you do it. 

Scott, Fatts, and Ayala played 36+ minutes vs. Iowa.  Hart 30, Wahab 26. 

Bench needs to give you something and they have enough pedigree, they shouldn't be complete zeros. 


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Posted 06 January 2022 - 01:39 PM

ESPN's Matchup Predictor has Illinois with a 92.2% chance of winning tonight. They're 11.0 point favorites, and the over/under is 141.

 

Wouldn't surprise me if they covered the spread, would surprise me if they won.



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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:06 PM

Terps down 10 at 16:21


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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:08 PM

13-4 Illinois at the under-16.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:16 PM

Maryland getting worked on the boards and missing free throws and are down 10


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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:19 PM

19-7 Illinois at the under-12.

Maryland looks completely overmatched.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:19 PM

Terrible the first 9 minutes,  Get moving or get on the bus.  Let’s go Terps.


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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:25 PM

Cockburn has two fouls with 10 minutes left in the first half. Should be helpful for Maryland.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:26 PM


Cockburn has two fouls with 10 minutes left in the first half. Should be helpful for Maryland.

Just like that, Maryland goes on a 6-0 run while he’s on the bench.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:28 PM

23-15 Illinois at the under-8.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:31 PM

23-15 Illinois at the under-8.

They have picked up the energy tag least.  They come out and fall behind every game.

 

Ayala needs to get aggressive.


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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:39 PM

Maryland within 3 at the under 4


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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:39 PM

They have picked up the energy tag least. They come out and fall behind every game.

Ayala needs to get aggressive.

Illinois looks like a completely different team with Cockburn on the bench. And in turn, so does Maryland.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:39 PM

28-25 Illinois at the under-4.
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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:42 PM

MD down on the boards 21-10.

 

Illinois with 31 attempts... MD 19.



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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:43 PM

Ayala with 8, Scott with 8... Fatts 3... Hart, Reese, Martinez with 2 each.



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Posted 06 January 2022 - 07:43 PM

9-1 MD run.






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