Big Ten Power Rankings: Illinois #3

3. Illinois. The biggest question in college basketball the past week -- well, besides who gets to keep the kids in the Big East divorce, I guess -- is this: Is Illinois really real? Like, Kendrick Lamar-epiphanic, I'm "really really really real" real? I think so! They are probably not going to make 3s at this clip forever; the frequency and accuracy of Illinois' 3-point shooting is the most easily identifiable key to its success thus far, and that kind of reliance can wax and wane. But Brandon Paul, once an inefficient chucker, has totally bought in to John Groce. When he said so at Big Ten media day, even his enthusiastic tone couldn't sell me. I'd seen enough. But here he is, playing efficient basketball and carving defenses up on pick-and-roll sets and D.J. Richardson is playing well, and Tyler Griffey is shooting 43.6 percent from 3, and the whole thing really is clicking.

I don't think Illinois can sustain this all season. I don't think it's better than Ohio State now, and I think Ohio State will clearly be the better team by the end of the year. But I'm sorry, when you start 11-0, and you beat Gonzaga on the road, you're going to get serious power rankings love. Deservedly so.

espn.com





Filed under: Illini Basketball

Upcoming Football Games

Sat, Sept 1Kent State 
Sat, Sept 8Western Illinois 
Sat, Sept 15USF
(Chicago, IL)
 
Fri, Sept 21Penn State 
All times CT

Fighting Illini Sports Forums

Jump:   Illini Basketball   Illini Football   Sports Talk
Basketball Uniforms
Last post by Ransom Stoddard 31 minutes ago
2018 Illinois Baseball
Last post by Illiini 1 hour ago
Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread
Last post by jrichisamazing 1 hour ago
2017-18 Illini Golf
Last post by WhiteRhino 1 hour ago
Illini Basketball 2018-2019
Last post by jrichisamazing 2 hours ago
Chicago Cubs 2018 Season
Last post by IanKEvans2 5 hours ago
English Premier League 2017-2018
Last post by Second and Chalmers 8 hours ago
Illinois Football Recruiting Thread
Last post by skyIdub 9 hours ago
Coaching Carousel
Last post by breadman 11 hours ago
2018 St. Louis Cardinals
Last post by dgcrow 1 day ago
Looking ahead to 2018
Last post by Second and Chalmers 1 day ago
2018 White Sox
Last post by Bailey 2 days ago
Fighting Illini Basketball Scholarship Grid 2017-2018
Last post by rbachhuber 2 days ago
2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Last post by IlliniJim20 2 days ago
TBT tournament
Last post by Peoria Illini 3 days ago

Get Free Daily Email Updates

Enter your email address:

2018 Illini Football

DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 1Kent State 
Sat, Sept 8Western Illinois 
Sat, Sept 15USF
(Chicago, IL)
 
Fri, Sept 21Penn State 
Sat, Sept 29---Bye--- 
Sat, Oct 6@Rutgers 
Sat, Oct 13Purdue
(Homecoming)
 
Sat, Oct 20@Wisconsin 
Sat, Oct 27@Maryland 
Sat, Nov 3Minnesota 
Sat, Nov 10@Nebraska 
Sat, Nov 17Iowa 
Sat, Nov 24@Northwestern 
Kickoff times & TV will be posted when announced