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|Bruce Weber and Illinois need a big improvement offensively to compete with Missouri.|
One glaringly obvious weakness over this rough patch has been the play of the Illinois bench. Against Cornell, seven bench members combined for the following statline: 41 minutes, 0 points, 0-10 FG, 7 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 5 fouls.
If one player put up those numbers, everyone would be asking why he’s even on the team. To be fair, this group includes five freshmen and two inexperienced sophomores, so it’s possible they are hitting the proverbial wall with the semester coming to an end. Regardless, Illinois absolutely must get something out of its bench going forward if it hopes to be a tournament team.