ISU confident in improvement

MILWAUKEE — Gregg Alexander has been impressed with the play of Illinois State basketball teammates Greg Dilligard, Lorenzo Gordon, Ronnie Carlwell and Neil Plank.

‘The improvement of our post players has been tremendous,’ said Alexander, a senior tri-captain. ‘We know we can throw the ball in there and they will snatch it up.

‘They post hard and work to get the ball. That gives the guards confidence to throw the ball in the post. And they’re good at making the pass out of the post. That gets us moving the ball and opens up our offense.’

Post play very well could be the deciding factor in today’s 5:30 p.m. season opener for both ISU and Penn State in the Black Coaches Association Classic, hosted by Marquette, at the Bradley Center.

‘They are kind of like us up front,’ said Penn State coach Ed DeChellis, who begins his second season at the helm. ‘We are both young with some question marks.’