Big Ten Power Rankings: Illinois #2

2. Illinois: It does not make me an Illinois "hater" (haterz!) to assume that the Illini will not finish above Ohio State and Indiana through the rest of the college hoops season. I mean, I'm ready to have my perceptions altered and all, but even at 12-0 the Illini haven't been playing as well on a per-possession basis as many of the teams now sitting below them in my rankings. And, you know, so what? John Groce's team is still shooting the ball well enough from the perimeter to keep all those attempts looking like the right strategy, and Brandon Paul is still playing well, and the Illini beat Butler on a neutral floor (cough, Indiana) and Gonzaga at the Kennel. I think Illinois is probably the fourth- or fifth-best team in the league by February. But right now, it would be a disservice to move Illinois any lower than this.

Eamonn Brennan





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2018 Illini Football

DateOpponentTime/TV
Sat, Sept 1Kent State11:00am BTN
Sat, Sept 8Western Illinois6:30pm BTN
Sat, Sept 15USF
(Chicago, IL)
2:30pm BTN
Fri, Sept 21Penn State8:00pm FS1
Sat, Sept 29---Bye--- 
Sat, Oct 6@Rutgers 
Sat, Oct 13Purdue
(Homecoming)
2:30pm / 3:00pm
Sat, Oct 20@Wisconsin11:00am
Sat, Oct 27@Maryland 
Sat, Nov 3Minnesota 
Sat, Nov 10@Nebraska 
Sat, Nov 17Iowa 
Sat, Nov 24@Northwestern 
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