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Illini hitting a calm fever pitch

A looseness embraced the Ubben Friday afternoon as the Illini men prepared for Ohio State.

Jay Price joined the team for shootaround while media mingled and interviewed. He missed one 3-pointer that I saw. The rest were money. But isn’t this typical of the slow, short white guy?

Bubba sat for a serious interview. He’s a scholarship athlete now. There’s a whole new gravitas. Not to his personality, mind you. He’s still fun. But don’t be surprised if people begin referring to him as “Andrew.” (Shhh. He’s interviewing for finance jobs.

Meechi, Dietrich and Dominique shared their thoughts about Ohio State, defense and growing up with Evan Turner, irrespectively.

The session with DMac lasted seven minutes, which is dripping molasses for a media availability. But because it’s about his childhood buddy/fellow future pro and co-conference player of the week; this one is fairly interesting.

Dominique Keller spoke about defensive possibilities. The Illini are coming off their best defensive performance of the year. They haven’t completely decided what they’ll do Sunday.

Finally, DJ talked about the challenge presented by OSU’s three talented guards (Turner, William Buford, Jon Diebler)

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