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Old Feb 7, 2017, 08:52 PM   #1
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Illinois vs Penn State
Saturday, February 11th
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 09:06 PM   #2
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I must repent for doubting the First Four prophecy.

We will finish 9-9 and get a win in the BTT.
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 09:35 PM   #3
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I must repent for doubting the First Four prophecy.

We will finish 9-9 and get a win in the BTT.
I would take that in a heartbeat. It may mean groce stays, which may be bad, but I just want to see winning basketball now. I would love to enjoy the rest of the season

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Old Feb 7, 2017, 09:50 PM   #4
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I would take that in a heartbeat. It may mean groce stays, which may be bad, but I just want to see winning basketball now. I would love to enjoy the rest of the season
I'd love some decent-to-good hoops this season from our squad, but I'd MUCH rather get it for a 30 game stretch than a 7 game stretch.

It'll be interesting to see the line on this game, feels like ILL -2.5 if I had to guess. Carr for PSU has had a great string of games since we played them last, starting to be the early impact guy I thought he'd be for them. Think it'll be close again.
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 10:03 PM   #5
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Win this one and the nightmares will start coming back....
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 10:06 PM   #6
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Win this one and the nightmares will start coming back....
I mean, we're gonna win this one. Penn State fat and happy off of that Maryland win?
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 10:07 PM   #7
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I mean, we're gonna win this one. Penn State fat and happy off of that Maryland win?
I watched that. They played really well. Excellent defense. Played tough. We'll have to have another 40 minute effort. What a concept.
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 10:13 PM   #8
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 11:29 PM   #9
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Pre-game speech...



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Old Feb 8, 2017, 07:06 AM   #10
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I mean, we're gonna win this one. Penn State fat and happy off of that Maryland win?
Depending on the day, your posts either make me laugh or make my blood boil. Usually I laugh, but if we're in a play-in game I will find you and burn you as a witch.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 07:10 AM   #11
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Lets run the table...
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 07:15 AM   #12
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Lets run the table...
All six games fit in the winnable category...
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 07:32 AM   #13
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 07:35 AM   #14
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We got this win. Losing that last one to Penn State kinda hurt. We got this. We going on a win streak to end the season.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 08:57 AM   #15
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I was at the PSU game, right in the middle of the season ticket holders. It really stung to be down by 20 at half although it was satisfying to watch the student section go quiet in the second half. No one was celebrating on the way out. Everyone knew PSU was saved by the clock.

Can we keep that momentum going at home? Depends how they play, which sounds obvious, except Illini fans know that better than everybody.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 08:58 AM   #16
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Let's go Illini!

Just come out and play hard. No matter what happens I'll continue to support these Illini if they fight.

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Old Feb 8, 2017, 09:28 AM   #17
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Bracketology: University of Illinois
Record: 14-11 (4-8) RPI: 54 SOS: 8
Home: (9-4) Road: (1-5) Neutral: (3-2)
Vs. RPI T25 (0-6), RPI T50 (2-7), RPI T100 (7-11)
Remaining schedule:
3/11 vs. Penn State 13-12 (79)
3/18 @ Iowa 14-10 (97)
3/21 vs. Northwestern 18-6 (44)
3/26 @ Nebraska 10-13 (86)
4/01 vs. Michigan State 14-10 (49)
4/04 @ Rutgers 13-11 (134)

Bad Loss:
Vs. Winthrop 18-5 (90)

Good Wins:
@ Northwestern 18-6 (44)
VCU (N) 18-5 (28)
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 09:30 AM   #18
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So odd how the demeanor changes after one win against a solid team without their top-2 player....in a rivalry game. Just shows the erratic rollercoaster that is a fans' emotions.

And by odd, I mean sick.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 09:36 AM   #19
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Bad Loss:
Vs. Winthrop 18-5 (90)
Bad losses are vs teams outside the top 100, so while it's our worst loss by far, it's not a bad loss when you're looking at the resume.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 09:52 AM   #20
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Every game from here on out in conference is winnable. Sure would be nice to finally break that streak of not winning two B1G games in a row in the conference schedule. It's been almost two years now?

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Old Feb 8, 2017, 10:13 AM   #21
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Sure would be nice to finally break that streak of not winning two B1G games in a row in the conference schedule. It's been almost two years now?
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 10:34 AM   #22
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Every game from here on out in conference is winnable. Sure would be nice to finally break that streak of not winning two B1G games in a row in the conference schedule. It's been almost two years now?
Yup, Feb 28 and Mar 4 of 2015. And we needed to play Northwestern and Nebraska to make that happen.

But earlier in Feb of 2015, we did beat PSU, Rutgers, MSU and Michigan consecutively. That is a better memory.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 10:43 AM   #23
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All six games fit in the winnable category...
I don't believe we have shown any signs that we have the ability to be consistent enough to win 6 games in a row against any Big 10 level competition.
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 10:54 AM   #24
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We haven't won back to back regular season big ten games since March 2015, so I'll go with Penn State 74-68
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 10:59 AM   #25
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Groce's calling card is digging a big hole then scrambling together an unbelievable streak to almost do something good. I think we win. But if we lose, I think we turn it on later this season just late enough to almost do something good.
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