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  1. Ransom Stoddard

    Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77 OT

    I'm game for the highlighted, FWIW. Although I'd honestly rather watch on TV with a bunch of people than sit in the rafters in a football stadium.
  2. Ransom Stoddard

    Iowa 83, Illinois 62 POSTGAME

    First, the upper half of the B1G is 7 teams, not 5. Second, one more big guy in the middle completely changes the way we can defend. Iowa had their way with us inside because of the massive size advantage they had over us. Put another body in there and it's a much different defensive scheme...
  3. Ransom Stoddard

    Iowa 83, Illinois 62 POSTGAME

    The non-con schedule had a lot to do with this. Instead of playing Stony Brook and Weber State we played Gonzaga and Iowa State. We had the 6th most difficult SOS according to KenPom We're a big man away from the upper half of the B1G and we've got a guy coming in this fall that might just...
  4. Ransom Stoddard

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    There's a first time for everything.
  5. Ransom Stoddard

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    The benefit of having Luka Garza in the paint.
  6. Ransom Stoddard

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    Kipper got faked out of his jock there....
  7. Ransom Stoddard

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    I've disliked a lot of Iowa players over the years, but Bohannon gets some extra spite from me.
  8. Ransom Stoddard

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    And of course the 3 right after I posted....
  9. Ransom Stoddard

    Game Thread: Illinois vs Iowa

    For anyone who questions why Damonte is on the court, play back that last possession and how he fought for position for the rebounds.
  10. Ransom Stoddard

    Alma Otter

    #dislike
  11. Ransom Stoddard

    Pregame: Illinois vs Iowa, Thursday, March 14th, 8:30pm CT, BTN

    If coach plans to play more than 2 games this week that's a necessity to keep some semi-fresh legs if they're needed on Friday. I think that's why we saw so much TU last night.
  12. Ransom Stoddard

    Pregame: Illinois vs Northwestern, Wednesday, March 13th, 8:00pm CT, BTN

    Minny, IU and Iowa quickly come to mind. Maryland isn't a stretch IMO. That Frosh-Soph leap is huge and half our team has the opportunity to make it at the same time.
  13. Ransom Stoddard

    B1G All-Conference Awards

    Because he cares what forum posters think?
  14. Ransom Stoddard

    Alma Otter

    smdh
  15. Ransom Stoddard

    Penn State 72, Illinois 56 POSTGAME

    shhhh......you're disrupting the narrative with facts.
  16. Ransom Stoddard

    Basketball Uniforms

    They did this a few years ago and it was terribad. https://www.insidenu.com/2014/1/10/5295544/northwestern-basketball-wearing-special-uniforms-vs-illinois-i-dont
  17. Ransom Stoddard

    Pregame: Illinois vs Northwestern, Sunday, March 3rd, 5:30pm CT, BTN

    Meh. They're the little brother that insists they're the big brother. Chris Collins. That high school gym they play in (although I haven't seen it after renovations). Plenty of reasons to dislike the kitties for me.
  18. Ransom Stoddard

    Box Office Films

    We've seen Green Book before, whether it's Driving Miss Daisy or The Defiant Ones or The Help or any other "white savior" movie. It was a well acted representation of a tried-and-true story, but what bugs me the most was that it wasn't a remotely visually interesting movie. I'd never try to...
  19. Ransom Stoddard

    Illinois 79, Michigan State 74 POSTGAME

    I love that the season has turned to the point where we've got more comments critical of Underwood's blazer than the product on the court.
  20. Ransom Stoddard

    Illinois 79, Michigan State 74 POSTGAME

    You know that whole "first 10 minutes of the second half is our weakness" thing I've posted on a couple of times? It didn't happen last night, UI outscored MSU 17 to 16 in that "quarter." I think a corner's been turned by both the players and coaches. Bring on Rotgut.
  21. Ransom Stoddard

    Pregame: Illinois vs Rutgers, Saturday, February 9th, 3:00pm CT, BTN

    Right now KenPom has us by 7, 70% chance of victory. If we pressure Rutgers like we did MSU it should be a comfortable win.
  22. Ransom Stoddard

    Alliance of American Football League

    The NFL takes guys from the Arena league from time to time, so I'd guess that if talent can rise from the AAF the NFL will take notice. The one thing I picked up from this league is that their drafts were mostly regional, with the intent to have players on teams near their former college, and...
  23. Ransom Stoddard

    Illini Bars

    $$$$$ Students don't pay property taxes, but their landlords do. I'm not solid on tax law, but I think high-density residential is more tax beneficial to the city.