It’s a simple bit of calculus: Beemsville presence at the annual Braggin’ Rights basketball game in St. Louis = Illini victory over Mizzou*. We’ve attended nine straight games at the Kiel/Savvis center and tonight will make number 10. Here’s hoping the Orange & Blue can run the table on the decade of the aughts. It’s become a beloved holiday tradition: a little last minute shopping at Union Station, a nice meal at Landry’s, and another win for the good guys. I know, I know, I’m inviting the mega-jinx here, but despite the current team’s uneven road performances, we should be able to handle the Tiggers. If there was a year for them to break the streak it was last year, when they had a much better team in terms of sheer talent.
Keys to the game:
- McCamey needs to be on the floor. Shouldn’t matter if he scores 5 points or 25, as long as he’s there to breakdown the Mizzou pressure and run the team, we should be good. Last year his string of three-pointers in the first half built the Illini lead and put the game out of reach.
- One of the Mike’s needs a big game. Mizzou has lost their front-court bruisers from a year ago and either Tisdale or Davis should benefit from the lack or experience and probably open looks in the transition game.
- A freshman needs to step up. Don’t care if it’s DJ, Brandon, or Griff – one of them needs to have a good double-figure scoring night and show some moxie. So far they’ve been pretty bad away from Champaign.
Let’s get another one and start the holidays right. Go Illini!
*Sadly, the converse of this equation seems to be in effect for the Arch Rivalry Football game.