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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2017-2018 Illini Basketball

Home: 12-5 | Away: 0-10 | Neutral: 1-1
Record: 13-16 (3-13)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 10SouthernW 102-55
Sun, Nov 12Tennessee-MartinW 77-74
Fri, Nov 17DePaulW 82-73
Sun, Nov 19MarshallW 91-74
Wed, Nov 22AugustanaW 96-62
Fri, Nov 24North Carolina CentralW 86-73
Tue, Nov 28@Wake ForestL 80-73
Fri, Dec 1@NorthwesternL 72-68 OT
Sun, Dec 3MarylandL 92-91 OT
Wed, Dec 6Austin PeayW 64-57
Sat, Dec 9@UNLVL 89-82
Wed, Dec 13LongwoodW 92-45
Sat, Dec 16New Mexico StateL 74-69
Sat, Dec 23MissouriW 70-64
Sat, Dec 30Grand CanyonW 62-58
Wed, Jan 3@MinnesotaL 77-67
Sat, Jan 6@MichiganL 79-69
Thu, Jan 11IowaL 104-97 OT
Mon, Jan 15@NebraskaL 64-63
Fri, Jan 19@WisconsinL 75-50
Mon, Jan 22Michigan StateL 87-74
Wed, Jan 24IndianaW 73-71
Tue, Jan 30RutgersW 91-60
Sun, Feb 4@Ohio StateL 75-67
Thu, Feb 8WisconsinL 78-69
Sun, Feb 11Penn StateL 74-52
Wed, Feb 14@IndianaL 78-68
Sun, Feb 18NebraskaW 72-66
Tue, Feb 20@Michigan StateL 81-61
Thu, Feb 22Purdue6:00pm FS1
Sun, Feb 25@Rutgers2:00pm BTN
Wed, Feb 28B1G Tourney
(Madison Square Garden, NYC)
TBD
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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 
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