Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Straw That Stirs the Drink

Nice article by Patrick Stevens on the blossoming of DJ Strawberry with his new role this season. Strawberry is clearly the leader on the team and the most productive all around player, which is a great combination when you have both in the same guy. DJ is comfortable in his new role and is back making plays like he did in his first two seasons at Maryland.

Ekene Ibekwe's status for the game is still not certain. My guess is that he will show tonight. Ekene loves those ESPN broadcast games.

Illinois is getting back SG Jamar Smith but F Brian Randle is still out with an injury. They will need Smith to produce because Illinois was behind in both wins over Bradley and Miami(OH). Illinois didn't go ahead until five and half minutes left in the game against Bradley and led Miami(OH) for only about the first two minutes and the last 1:23 of the game after being down by double digits.

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