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Old Dec 7, 2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Illinois #6

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:09 PM   #2
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How in the world do you justify this...
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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How in the world do you justify this...
most people think were overrated.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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Only beef I have is we should be ahead of MSU at #5.

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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most people think were overrated.
I know that, but Minnesota two spots ahead?
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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I know that, but Minnesota two spots ahead?
when we win saturday we wont have to complain anymore.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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This all resolves itself without any controversy . . . in about February.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 01:04 PM   #8
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I know that, but Minnesota two spots ahead?
Minny looks like the real deal to me so far this year bro. I have no issue with them being placed ahead of Illinois.

#6 is fine with me, would be pretty amazing if we could get up in the top 4 by the end of the B1G season (still not bullish on that expectation).

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 01:21 PM   #9
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I know that, but Minnesota two spots ahead?
They have several wins as good as our best & only loss is to Duke. Plus they were ahead of us in pre-season, so this is not really a surprise.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 01:51 PM   #10
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#6 in the Big Ten and #13 nationally? Crazy.

But yeah, I'd say #6 is about right. Maybe we should be ahead of Michigan State, but I won't firmly believe in this team until we start winning some road games in the Big Ten. Until then, I'm just enjoying the wins, the smiles and the hope.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:17 PM   #11
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I've been really impressed with what I've seen from Minnesota. That's a totally legit spot for them.

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:22 PM   #12
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I have a feeling Minnesota is us from last year.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:24 PM   #13
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I've been really impressed with what I've seen from Minnesota. That's a totally legit spot for them.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:29 PM   #14
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I have a feeling Minnesota is us from last year.
Minnesota is miles ahead of 2011-2012 Illinois. Miles. The only way they fade like Illinois did is injuries.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:43 PM   #15
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With our close calls against mediocre competition it should not be a surprise that everyone doesn't believe. I think that is about right but we could finish anywhere from 4-8 by the end of the season. When we hit a rough patch it will be interesting to see how this team responds.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 02:46 PM   #16
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With our close calls against mediocre competition it should not be a surprise that everyone doesn't believe. I think that is about right but we could finish anywhere from 4-8 by the end of the season. When we hit a rough patch it will be interesting to see how this team responds.
Exactly. This is more or less the same team that started 10-0 last year and just tanked the rest of the way, finishing 7-15 in the last 22 (or something like that).

Until they start winnings games after getting socked in the mouth in Bloomington and Columbus, then I'll remain skeptical.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 03:29 PM   #17
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Not to be contrarian, but I really have no use for some dumb power ranking, especially one provided by ESPN. The epitome of futility.

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 04:19 PM   #18
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Exactly. This is more or less the same team that started 10-0 last year and just tanked the rest of the way, finishing 7-15 in the last 22 (or something like that).

Until they start winnings games after getting socked in the mouth in Bloomington and Columbus, then I'll remain skeptical.
I guarantee the Illini will not "get socked in the mouth in Bloomington" this year. Our only game against the Hoosiers this season is in the "real" Assembly Hall.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 04:27 PM   #19
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Only beef I have is we should be ahead of MSU at #5.
Many are down on Sparty, but that looks like a dangerous team to me. Once Harris and Valentine get their feet under them, I think they're top 3 in the B1G. Also, Dawsen is coming off an ACL tear, and playing great. He's NBA talent that will probably get better once he gets comfortable again.
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Old Dec 7, 2012, 11:08 PM   #20
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We'll know a lot more about this Illini team in about 24 hours.

After reading what ESPN says about us at #6, it seems like they are acknowledging that this #6 spot is just a placeholder for us, until we have gotten through the Gonzaga game. That text seems more important than the actual spot that they've given to us.

It's one of those situations where, if we win by even 2 points, we probably deserve to be listed 4th in the conference, but if we lose, even by 2, I could see us dropping to 7th or 8th.
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