Recent content by Calvin

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    Pregame: Illinois at Rutgers, Saturday, February 15th, 3:30pm CT, BTN

    Wonder how he's handling this mentally. Does he want to play? Is he worried about his knee holding up? In a lot of cases, the mental aspect is as important as the physical. If a guy doesn't feel he's 100% he might be playing differently or compensating subtly in his movement. In any case, hope...
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    Maryland 75, Illinois 66 POSTGAME

    I'll let the coach decide. Some plays deserve to get yanked for, and some don't. Really depends on the circumstances.
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    Maryland 75, Illinois 66 POSTGAME

    I'm probably in the minority, but I'm not disappointed with the loss, although I'm a little disappointed in how we played. Plenty of mistakes that could have made a difference. We didn't have the level of toughness we're going to need to make a deep run in the tourney, and I think these guys are...
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    Details on Zavier Simpson’s Suspension

    I found this part of the report interesting: "Officers noticed Simpson stumbling when entering the car " As far as intoxicants, Michigan has had medical marijuana for several years, and the voters approved recreational weed last year. I'm not excusing anything or implying guilt, just saying...
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    NET Rankings / Bracketology

    At this point, if we're "just" playing to make the tourney, I'll be disappointed. These guys can earn a good seed and do some real damage in the dance.
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    Kahlil Whitney leaving Kentucky

    We live in a world where subsidies and marketing have combined to make an oversupply of college degrees, which in turn lowers wages and increases the requirements for even low level white collar jobs. Having a degree when so many jobs can require it is a great benefit, and gets you past hiring...
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    Illinois #20 in AP Poll

    I've got it stuck in my head that we should get a double-bye in the BIG tournament. I.e. top 4 finish in the conference. That might seem like a low bar given we've made it to first place, but if you consider how tough the schedule is, and that six teams have 3 or 4 losses, it's not such a bad...
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    Mark Dantonio announces retirement

    Lotta MSU fans were talking about him retiring after this season. The detractors felt his formula wasn't working in the modern game, and was more suited to historical play styles that linger in the BIG. His legacy will be a lot better for it. Guy had an amazing run.
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    Kahlil Whitney leaving Kentucky

    Creaning means you don't have a spot. As of today, I think the consensus is that Ayo is gone, Kofi is in play, and there's somewhere north of likely that a player who isn't getting as much PT as he expected will decide to transfer. Even if the staff wanted KW, I wouldn't expect a shortage of...
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    Kahlil Whitney leaving Kentucky

    I can't imagine he hasn't. Wings in the NBA have to be able to score at all 3 levels, and his shooting is suspect. 10-23 FTs to boot! I would think he'd be better off in college, but if he can get a decent paycheck overseas, might be better to make the jump. If he's leaning towards the draft...
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    Game Thread: Illinois at Iowa

    Good fight, nothing to hang their heads about.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January 2020)

    Looks like a college 4 to me, that could play wing. Love seeing him drive and dump off --shows a nice feel for his limited strength and will be very useful at the college level. Been getting a little warmer on him the more I see his skill set. Like his upside.
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    NET Rankings / Bracketology

    Looks like we're projected to go 5-5 down the stretch of a brutal schedule with several difficult road games. Don't think I'd be upset with that. I'd love for us to get a top 4 seed in the BTT.
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    Pregame: Illinois at Iowa, Sunday, February 2nd, 12:00pm CT, FS1

    I expect Iowa to be favored by 5. Winable, but should be tough.
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    Illinois 59, Minnesota 51 POSTGAME

    The streak continues....