Hello from Redbird Arena where Illinois State and Drake tangle at 3:05 p.m. The Redbirds beat Drake by 14 at Des Moines two weeks ago, but haven't won since and are on a season-long three-game losing streak. Zach Lofton went through warmups and looks like he will play, but no confirmation. It is Retro Game so ISU in 1970s uniforms with candy-striped shorts. Love that look. Fire away with questions.
Just heard that Evansville is 13 ahead of Wichita State in first half at Wichita. Probably won't last, but the Shockers are wobbling a bit.... for them, anyway.
Good question, tough answer. First thing they need to do is quit having silly turnovers like in Bradley game and couple others recently. The thing is they are getting many open looks, just not making them. Believe me, the coaching staff has done different drills and players coming in for extra shooting. Just a team thing right now. Personally, I would like to see more pull up 15-foot jumpers instead of putting their heads down driving into lane and either getting it knocked away or throwing a bad pass.
I'm expecting either Knight, Hunter or Lofton to score 20 pts today. Not sure which one, but one of them is going to get it together and shoot well from perimeter. They're too good not to for long period.
Definitely. Hunter seems like he's the best at getting to the rim. He's got a strong safety body despite being only 5-10. Knight has gotten caught in no man's land too often near the rim. He inside the fastest player and I think would really benefit from pulling up and shooting.
With Reggie usually in foul trouble, I don't think they can take the risk of having both in game at same time. The fouls might pile up quicker than usual. It's a good idea if Jones and/or Middlebrooks were still around.
That's hard to say. It takes a while when players sit out a year to get back in the flow. But they immediately give the Redbirds some size which is sorely lacking. Hawkins also seems to be really athletic from what everyone says. Can't wait to see them in action. You think anyone would notice if they suited up?
Show time. Thanks for the couple who joined the party. Doesn't look like horrible crowd, especially with roads not being the greatest. We will do again Wednesday