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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    I love how there needed to be a press conference for that 15 second announcement 😂. Hope we stomp the Hawkeyes this season.
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    I agree with this — a Tom Izzo coached team headlined (likely) by Watts, Henry, and Tillman will be the favorite to win the B1G. I also think Iowa with Garza back will be picked ahead of us. I think Wisco is solid but a little further behind the top 3 considering they had a relatively easy...
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    Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn return for 2020-2021 season

    That’s insane... COVID, please go away so we can have a damn season and win the natty... 🤙
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Can’t be a “rebuilding season” for us if there is no season at all.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (July 2020)

    ... or July 17th is “national emoji day” 😂. Although a commit on that day would be one heck of a coincidence.
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    Illinois Alumni Team in TBT

    DosuNmu and CocKburn... lol
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Sure, but it’s not like we didn’t have our fair share of luck throughout B1G play. We beat Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Rutgers, Northwestern and Indiana all by 5 points or less (and @ PSU by 6). Granted, you’ll win more close games when you have a closer like Ayo. Still, if a few Ayo daggers...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    The way I see it, Ayo returning seems to be worth a consensus ~20 spots in the preseason polls. National CBB pundits like Rothstein seem to have us ranked in the mid-30s without Ayo and breaking the top 10 with him. Illini fans on this board seem to think we’re around 25 without him and a...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    I actually think we have a chance to be elite defensively next year and may need to improve on offense as the season progresses (assuming no Ayo). Trent, Damonte, Kofi, and Adam are all likely above average defenders in the Big Ten. I’m still not sure who our go-to guy is going to be on offense...
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    Both games in Niceville.
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    Illini Basketball 2020-2021

    This will be a really good tournament for us. I saw awhile back Florida and Oregon are both projected 6 seeds according to Lunardi for 2021, so you could probably expect each to be just outside the top 25. 2 neutral site top 40 wins would be the non-conference boost we really lacked last season.
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    Kofi Cockburn declares for NBA Draft

    This thread has created unnecessary fear regarding next year’s roster. Here’s the facts: 1. Kofi Cockburn has declared for the Draft 2. He retains the option to return to school 3. He has not been a projected 1st or 2nd round pick in any mock draft I’ve seen If he decides to leave school even...
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    Kofi Cockburn declares for NBA Draft

    Before everyone freaks out, there is really ZERO downside to "declaring" for the NBA Draft. I follow a lot of A-10 hoops, and 3 dudes from Richmond declared this week, even though it's almost guaranteed they'll be back next year. If anything, players get a chance to see where they stand and how...
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    Agreed... but a B1G Tourney one-and-done would likely be to Iowa... so I'm not so sure.
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    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    Can we start this game over, please?