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Disappointing news from Coach Underwood today about Curbelo, saying there was a "minor setback", which shoots down media reports that Curbelo would be fully cleared for practice this week.
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With Kofi in foul trouble, Omar Payne stepped up. Also, Coleman Hawkins with 8 more rebounds. Good to see, they'll be needed. Big weekend of games, at home vs. Michigan and Purdue (Friday and Monday 11 am).
 

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Someone tell the Big Ten that when the refs decide to call every little thing, the game sucks, and literally nobody is entertained.

Boring first half.
 

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As pointed out in postgame, Illini were stagnant for a long time, and moved the ball well late in the game and blew it open.
 

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Too many missed rebounds in the second half with Coleman Hawkins just a placeholder for his 26 minutes. At least he looks comfortable out there and should be better on Monday. Loved watching Trent Frazier take over late, taking the pressure off Kofi.
 

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#7 Purdue about to get smacked around by #25 Illini. Early but time for a beer. Wife didn't go for shots.
 

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Just changed rankings as game starts. Now #4 Purdue and #17 Illini.
 

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I saw this game was on Fox, so I grabbed a TV, hooked it up to the antenna cable and have it on while working.

This is the first Illini game I'm seeing this year. Offensively they look bad.
 

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Oh they're now winning.
 

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Illinois has lost only twice in 6 weeks, and each time, I have felt as good about them after the loss as before.

If like last time, #17 will drop for losing to #4 in 2OT because voters are idiots, and Illinois is not a marquee name, but it doesn't matter.

When they take the #4 team to 2 OTs and all I can think is "Illinois is capable of playing much better", I'd say that's a good feeling.

Curbelo being back will make a huge impact, even if it takes a few games for everyone to settle in. It will be a big plus. And let's hope that the overall play today by Bosmans Verdonk is a sign of things to come and not just a fluke. He played well.
 
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One of the most entertaining Illinois conference games ever. Purdue is immensely talented with their two big men, Ivey, and then Stefanovic with dagger-3 after dagger-3. Our bigs are... Kofi. Our reserve bigs Hawkins and Payne played 11 minutes total, Payne with three fouls in 7 minutes and Hawkins a line of straight zeroes for his 4 minutes. Bosmans-Verdonk was thrown into the fire and was actually decent. With Curbelo (amazing game) added to mix, Illini are a team of Kofi and a uniquely talented but undersized crew. Still, a good chance for a deep tournament run.
 

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One of the most entertaining Illinois conference games ever. Purdue is immensely talented with their two big men, Ivey, and then Stefanovic with dagger-3 after dagger-3. Our bigs are... Kofi. Our reserve bigs Hawkins and Payne played 11 minutes total, Payne with three fouls in 7 minutes and Hawkins a line of straight zeroes for his 4 minutes. Bosmans-Verdonk was thrown into the fire and was actually decent. With Curbelo (amazing game) added to mix, Illini are a team of Kofi and a uniquely talented but undersized crew. Still, a good chance for a deep tournament run.
Hawkins had the flu.
 

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