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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:35 PM   #1
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Tickets - Braggin' Rights, etc.

Season Tickets On Sale Now: http://www.fightingillini.com/news/2...-sale-now.aspx
UNLV Las Vegas (Dec 9th) tix: https://www.axs.com/events/339660/un...in=grandgarden

These are last season's general public tix availability dates for reference, the timing may or may not be similar this season. Current season ticket holders/donors get first priority on ticket sales.
Braggin' Rights single game tickets: Early November
Illini home single game tickets: Late October



The Schedule
http://www.fightingillini.com/schedu...x?path=mbball&

Fri, Nov 10___Southern
Sun, Nov 12___Tennessee-Martin
Fri, Nov 17___DePaul
Sun, Nov 19___Marshall
Wed, Nov 22___Augustana
Fri, Nov 24___North Carolina Central
Tue, Nov 28__@Wake Forest

Fri, Dec 01__@Northwestern (Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL)
Sun, Dec 03___Maryland
Wed, Dec 06___Austin Peay
Sat, Dec 09___UNLV (MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV)
Wed, Dec 13___Longwood
Sat, Dec 16___New Mexico State (United Center, Chicago, IL)
Sat, Dec 23___Missouri (Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO)______7:00pm ESPN2
Sat, Dec 30___Grand Canyon

Wed, Jan 03__@Minnesota
Sat, Jan 06__@Michigan
Thu, Jan 11___Iowa
Mon, Jan 15__@Nebraska
Fri, Jan 19__@Wisconsin
Mon, Jan 22___Michigan State
Wed, Jan 24___Indiana
Tue, Jan 30___Rutgers

Sun, Feb 04__@Ohio State
Thu, Feb 08___Wisconsin
Sun, Feb 11___Penn State
Wed, Feb 14__@Indiana
Sun, Feb 18___Nebraska
Tue, Feb 20__@Michigan State
Thu, Feb 22___Purdue
Sun, Feb 25__@Rutgers

B1G Tournament (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
Wed, Feb 28__First round
Thu, Mar 01__Second round
Fri, Mar 02__Quarterfinals
Sat, Mar 03__Semifinals
Sun, Mar 04__Championship

Sun, Mar 11__Selection Sunday


All times CT


The Roster
_3___Te'Jon Lucas________G___So.
24___Mark Alstork________G___Gr.
_1___Trent Frazier_______G___Fr.
13___Mark Smith__________G___Fr.
20___Da'Monte Williams___G___Fr.
23___Aaron Jordan________G___Jr.
_2___Kipper Nichols______F___R-So.
12___Leron Black_________F___R-Jr.
43___Michael Finke_______F___R-Jr.
11___Greg Eboigbodin_____F___Fr.
_4___Matic Vesel_________F___Fr.

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:36 PM   #2
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Ending the season at Rutgers again? Are they trolling us?
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:47 PM   #3
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Nice no cupcakes b4 Xmas, Mildcats in Chicago, Terraps at home. That will be a good gauge before we do Bragging rights game .
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:50 PM   #4
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Man that's a tough way to start the season.... Also I feel like our schedule is almost always easier the second half of the conference schedule.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:51 PM   #5
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Can someone remind me why we're playing to B1G games a month before all the others start?

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:53 PM   #6
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Can someone remind me why we're playing to B1G games a month before all the others start?
Because our conference tourney at MSG is a week earlier than normal. We have fewer weeks after Christmas to work with.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:53 PM   #7
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At UW on a Friday night...STUPID

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:54 PM   #8
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Tournament is aweek early in NYC, which is ridiculous.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 02:54 PM   #9
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Can someone remind me why we're playing to B1G games a month before all the others start?
They wanted to move the conference tournament to Madison Square Garden. But since the Big East already has it booked on the last weekend of the season we had to move our conference tournament up a week. Hence, earlier conference games.

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:08 PM   #10
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Well this new schedule certainly works completely against young, inexperienced teams. May not have any all that much chemistry by the time December rolls around, which means we may be down in the hole 2 games in conference before Braggin' Rights takes place. Just stupid scheduling, stupid B1G Tournament.

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:09 PM   #11
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I think we go 12-6
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:10 PM   #12
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Well this new schedule certainly works completely against young, inexperienced teams. May not have any all that much chemistry by the time December rolls around, which means we may be down in the hole 2 games in conference before Braggin' Rights takes place. Just stupid scheduling, stupid B1G Tournament.
NW and Maryland are top half B1G teams, I'm actually happy we will get tested early. Gives us time to analyze weaknesses against actually good teams, maybe even try out a few changes in non con games.

I would rather drop two to them than Rutgers/OSU
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:11 PM   #13
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I think we go 12-6
I'll have what he's having.

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:11 PM   #14
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It'll be a strange year having those early BIG games. as weak as our non-conf is, maybe it will be good to have a couple tougher games in Dec. though.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:12 PM   #15
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:17 PM   #16
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Is this actually the reason why? If so, they did a good job of covering it up (as they should've this is an absolutely stupid reason to alter the schedule).

I had heard it was because they wanted to tournament done and over before selection sunday to give the committee more time to review a teams full season including BTT (yes I know the committee says they dont pay attention to post season tournament success heavily, but I swear this was the B1G's explanation to moving two game pre christmas.)
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:19 PM   #17
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I can't believe the lengths Delaney has gone to in order to get the B1G Tourney into a particular facility. Conference tourney timed up with mid-majors, long gap between conference and NCAA Tourney, awkward start to conference season. I really don't get it. It is pretty frustrating, honestly.

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:32 PM   #18
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NW and Maryland are top half B1G teams, I'm actually happy we will get tested early. Gives us time to analyze weaknesses against actually good teams, maybe even try out a few changes in non con games.

I would rather drop two to them than Rutgers/OSU
Since there is a finite number of games in a season, and basically a set number of wins that it takes to get into the tournament (~20 or 21), IMO no games should ever be considered "throw away" or "experimental" games. I want my team to have the best possible chance of getting wins, no matter when or who against.

Assuming that young/inexperienced teams get better faster than already experienced teams get better (don't mistake for being better than experienced teams in a short time frame), I'd personally rather have a 70% of beating Rutgers in Dec. and a 50% of beating NW in March than a 40% of beating NW in Dec. than an 80% chance of beating Rutgers in March. Hopefully my reasoning makes sense.

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:32 PM   #19
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I can't believe the lengths Delaney has gone to in order to get the B1G Tourney into a particular facility. Conference tourney timed up with mid-majors, long gap between conference and NCAA Tourney, awkward start to conference season. I really don't get it. It is pretty frustrating, honestly.

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It was scheduling at the Garden, way I understood it. Even if Dulaney gave as a reason, for NCAA committee, makes no sense for us to play in NYC. Irregardless, we take the schedule as it is and we will see what kind of team we have. With the rest of the schedule as is, a spilit works, and 2 wins b4 Xmas would be HoHoHo.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:35 PM   #20
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There's a not-crazy case to be made for going 11-7

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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:38 PM   #21
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I can't believe the lengths Delaney has gone to in order to get the B1G Tourney into a particular facility. Conference tourney timed up with mid-majors, long gap between conference and NCAA Tourney, awkward start to conference season. I really don't get it. It is pretty frustrating, honestly.

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And what is the measure of success? How do we know if all these machinations were worth it? If we somehow sell B1G Network to 10,000 more homes in Brooklyn and Queens?
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:38 PM   #22
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I'm going to type this without taking time to think about it (good advice for any message board poster, right? ) so that I get my "raw emotions" about this strange schedule:

1) What a brutal start. At Minnesota, at Michigan, Iowa at home, at Nebraska, at Wisconsin, vs. Michigan State, vs. Indiana?? Yikes.

2) December B1G games are stupid, but I'll be so ready for "big time" basketball by then that I'll probably be fine with it, LOL.

3) The Iowa game in Champaign isn't on a weekend?

4) ONE Saturday game?! Do they not know there are tons of us 20-somethings out there who love to go day drink for some Saturday college basketball?? Disgraceful.

5) I honestly get moving things up for MSG (though I definitely don't approve...), but why switch the days of the week?! Monday?? So lame.

6) Here's my guess at the season now:

W vs. Southern
W vs. Tennessee-Martin
W vs. DePaul
W vs. Marshall
W vs. Augustana
W vs. NC Central
W at Wake Forest
W vs. Northwestern (Rosemont, IL) ... yes, this is a neutral site game.
L vs. Maryland
W vs. Austin Peay
L at UNLV
W vs. Longwood
W vs. New Mexico State (Chicago, IL)
W vs. Missouri (St. Louis, MO)
W vs. Grand Canyon
L at Minnesota
L at Michigan
W vs. Iowa
W at Nebraska
L at Wisconsin
L vs. Michigan State
L vs. Indiana
W vs. Rutgers
W at Ohio State
W vs. Wisconsin
W vs. Penn State
L at Indiana
W vs. Nebraska
L at Michigan State
W vs. Purdue
W at Rutgers

22-9 (10-8) going into the BTT.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:56 PM   #23
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We start with 5 road games in our first 7. Im taking this as a positive. Most are over break without students. When we have most of our home games our students will be back. Our schedule lines up for us to make a run late if we gel.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 03:56 PM   #24
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I'm going to type this without taking time to think about it (good advice for any message board poster, right? ) so that I get my "raw emotions" about this strange schedule:

L vs. Indiana
L at Indiana
You think we'll lose to Indiana twice? They were bottom 4 in the big ten last year and lost James Blackmon Jr., OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant. I think they're bottom 5 in big ten again.
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Old Aug 16, 2017, 04:03 PM   #25
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Yeah, I'm thinking 21-22 wins going into the BTT. Hopefully enough of those are quality wins and then we win a game or two in the BTT to be pretty assured of a reasonable Tourney seed. Should be fun.

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