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So Close, Part Deux

I do not hate Adonis de la Rosa.

I do not dislike Adonis de la Rosa.

I want good things for Adonis de la Rosa.

Illinois loses basketball games for two reasons. One of them is Adonis de la Rosa. On Tuesday night in South Bend, Adonis scored a -12 point impact on the game. He played for four minutes, and in those four minutes, Notre Dame outscored Illinois by a dozen points.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili, who manned the pivot for 33 minutes, was +12.

Brad Underwood is finally coming around on the painful economic concept of Adonis Costs.  He ditched his talking point about ACL recovery, and recognized that Adonis is rushing his shots. Underwood says Adonis doesn’t do that in practice.

Adonis is shooting 2-of-10 over the last three games.

The other reason is that Illini guards continue to misapprehend the danger imposed by Tall People. 

Underwood addressed that Tuesday night, as well. He didn’t know how many more Elite Rim Protectors his team would face this year, but he hinted that the problem has now crossed his radar.