The four elite eight games were all fantastic! This weekend was generally pretty good, and really made up for a fairly blowout-heavy first weekend. Looking forward to the final four — and, I can't resist bragging that I totally called it.
I woke up at 3:30 AM to watch the second half from Italy and thought we looked good, despite the loss. The defensive intensity and pace of the team were awesome when we stretched out a bit of a lead. Obviously we have some things to work on in the halfcourt game when things tightened up the last...
Having become a pretty regular follower of the Sharks this year, I'm all aboard the hockey bandwagon. Super fun, constantly exciting game to watch, at least at the pro level. Would love to have an Illini team to cheer on!
Unless things have changed since 2013, there's never been a rule against Krush members wearing Chief things. Illini Pride board members, though, did have that rule when working as "Krush Helpers" since we were acting as sort of University/DIA representatives in that capacity.
We're a long way from end of season, so I don't know that looking at end of season ranking compared to current ranking this year is a great metric. Another option might be worst-case during any year (can only do this back to around 2011).
Lowest KP ranking before any game by season, last 5...
Historically, just winning one has been the toughest proposition! Of the 36 series to date where a team has gone down 0-3, here's the breakdown of results:
Lost 0-4: 27 teams (75%)
Lost 1-4: 6 teams* (17%)
Lost 2-4: 2 teams (6%)
Lost 3-4: 0 teams
Won: 1 team (3%)
Or, if you want to look at it...
Great to see a 6-0 start! Next weekend's matches will be fun. Stanford's obviously a very dangerous team; I wonder if our ladies will get a boost from their familiarity with Hambly's typical coaching decisions, if Kevin will try to throw in a lot of different looks to prevent that, or if...
As much as it's a bummer to go out in match play, it's always one of the most entertaining days of the year for this Illini fan. Pretty cool to be in match play so consistently and a testament to a great program, coach, and consistently great players.