2018-2019 Predictions Thread

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Thu, Nov 08___Evansville
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational)
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational)
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational)
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL)
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO)
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY)
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State
 
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Haaaah, this thread. Alright, let's go!

Thu, Nov 08___Evansville W
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown W
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) W
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) W
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) W
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State W
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame W
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska W
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL) W
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV W
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State W
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO) W
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic W
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana W
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern W
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan W
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota W
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa W
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin W
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY) W
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota W
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska W
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State W
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers W
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State W
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin W
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State W
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue W
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern W
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana W
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State W


31-0, #1 seed lose in first round to #16 seed UMBC

My real answer: losses are Georgetown, 'Zona/ISU, Notre Dame, tOSU, UNLV, Indiana, scUM, Wiscy, Sparty, tOSU again, Wiscy again, and Purdue. We go 19-12 and get a middling seed in the NIT.
 
#3
9-22 (5-15) Pessimistic

13-18 (6-14) Realistic

20-11 (11-9) Optimistic

Our nonconference schedule is brutal, only 4 true cupcakes. I think we pull 3 more wins somewhere out of UNLV, 3 Maui games, Mizzou, ND, Georgetown.

B1G is full of teams with experience, and of course the Michigan teams will be a challenge. Wild cards are OSU,Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. They all have some talent that should put them in the top half of the league, but will it finally come together? I can't imagine a world where NW is better than us this year. I'll need to see this team shoot in the top quarter of the league before I ever think we will sniff the top half of the league, we wont have the defense to say otherwise.

One thing you can't deny about this schedule, it's one of the hardest we've seen in almost a decade. 2 more B1G games and a stack Maui game will do that.
 
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Bonnaroo Land
Thu, Nov 08___Evansville W
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown W
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) L
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) L
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) W
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State W
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame W
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska W
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL) L
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV W
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State W
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO) W
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic W
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana L
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern W
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan W
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota W
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa L
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin W
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY) W
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota L
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska W
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State W
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers W
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State L
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin L
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State W
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue L
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern W
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana W
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State L

Non-Con - 9-2
B1G - 12-8


I feel Trent in second year is gonna be First Team All B1G caliber. Kipper is gonna be consistent and provide 14p 7rb. DW gonna make a big leap. Ayo gonna be the glue. I will drink Koolaid by the gallon, thank you, but it's time for a year that over-achieves.
 
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9-22 (5-15) Pessimistic

13-18 (6-14) Realistic

20-11 (11-9) Optimistic

Our nonconference schedule is brutal, only 4 true cupcakes. I think we pull 3 more wins somewhere out of UNLV, 3 Maui games, Mizzou, ND, Georgetown.

B1G is full of teams with experience, and of course the Michigan teams will be a challenge. Wild cards are OSU,Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. They all have some talent that should put them in the top half of the league, but will it finally come together? I can't imagine a world where NW is better than us this year. I'll need to see this team shoot in the top quarter of the league before I ever think we will sniff the top half of the league, we wont have the defense to say otherwise.

One thing you can't deny about this schedule, it's one of the hardest we've seen in almost a decade. 2 more B1G games and a stack Maui game will do that.
14-17, no postseason,

when you do your predictions - start from the bottom of the schedule up, you'll come up with more realistic outcome
 
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I've got us at 5-8 non-con, 5-15 B1G, 0-1 BTT, for 10-24 total. A program record for losses, but perhaps a mild improvement Kenpom-wise because of our really tough schedule.

If somehow, some way Kane, De La Rosa and Giorgi can combine to really surprise and provide quality defense, rebounding, and finishing around the rim, there's a bunch of upside to my prediction, we could be genuinely pretty good.

If Kane or De La Rosa or god forbid both misses a bunch of time, there could be very ugly downside.

Regardless, there are going to be some (non-senior) players who do some nice things for us. Everything hinges on ALL of those players returning for 2019-20. The losing isn't over, but the roster chaos has to be.
 
#7
Thu, Nov 08___Evansville
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic
I count 4 likely wins. There's a bunch of toss-ups, and an ugly number of tough games. I'll have to get back to you after some kool-aid.
 
#9
Thu, Nov 08___Evansville W
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown W
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) L
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) L
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) W
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State W
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame W
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska W
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL) L
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV W
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State W
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO) W
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic W
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana L
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern W
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan W
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota W
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa L
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin W
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY) W
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota L
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska W
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State W
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers W
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State L
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin L
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State W
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue L
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern W
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana W
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State L

Non-Con - 9-2
B1G - 12-8


I feel Trent in second year is gonna be First Team All B1G caliber. Kipper is gonna be consistent and provide 14p 7rb. DW gonna make a big leap. Ayo gonna be the glue. I will drink Koolaid by the gallon, thank you, but it's time for a year that over-achieves.
That's some mighty fine kool aid. I'll have a glass if you don't mind.
 
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CU Expat
Chicago
Oh fun!

Thu, Nov 08___Evansville - W
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown - W
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) - L
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) - W
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) - L
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State - W
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame - L
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska - W
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL) - L
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV - W
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State - W
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO) - L
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic - W
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana - L
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern - L
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan - L
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota - W
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa - L
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin - W
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY) - L
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota - L
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska - W
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State - L
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers - W
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State - L
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin - L
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State - W
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue - L
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern - W
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana - W
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State - L


15 - 16 Overall
8 - 12 Big Ten
 
#15
Mad Scientist
Arizona, USA
Everybody put on your orange sunglasses...



(Shamelessly stolen from @TownieMatt, obviously. Also, why didn't you make his sunglasses Illini Orange?)
 
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Captain 'Paign
Phoenix, AZ
Thu, Nov 08___Evansville - W
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown - W
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) - L
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) - L
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) - L
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State - W
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame - L
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska - L
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL) - L
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV - W
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State - W
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO) - W
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic - W
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana - L
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern - W
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan - L
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota - L
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa - W
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin - L
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY) - L
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota - L
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska - W
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State - L
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers - W
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State - L
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin - L
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State - L
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue - L
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern - W
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana - W
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State - L

Looks like I've got us 7-6 non-con and 6-12 B1G.

That's 13-18 overall. Not good, Bob. A little worse than last year, but certainly a more brutal schedule. It's not going to make recruiting any easier.
 
#18
W: Thu, Nov 08___Evansville
L: Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown
L: Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational)
L: Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational)
W: Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational)
W: Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State
L: Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame
L: Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska
L: Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL)
W: Sat, Dec 08___UNLV
W: Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State
L: Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO)
W: Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic
L: Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana
L: Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern
L: Thu, Jan 10___Michigan
L: Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota
L: Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa
L: Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin
L: Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY)
L: Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota
W: Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska
L: Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State
W: Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers
L: Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State
L: Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin
W: Sat, Feb 23___Penn State
L: Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue
L: Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern
W: Thu, Mar 07___Indiana
L: Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State
That takes us to:

6-7 Non Conf
4-14 Big Ten
10-21 Overall

:(

I hope I'm very wrong!
 
#20
A dartboard would be more accurate at this point. If De La Rosa is healthy or Kane learns quickly this could be a very good team. The other 4 positions are solid IMO and may be very good with depth. I do think it will come down to coaching and the big development. In defense of BU he hired recruiters at the beginning unlike JG who brought his assts with him. May have caused him short term problems in teaching his system but more long term results. Way to early to evaluate him or his recruiting.
 
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I've got us at 5-8 non-con, 5-15 B1G, 0-1 BTT, for 10-24 total. A program record for losses, but perhaps a mild improvement Kenpom-wise because of our really tough schedule.

If somehow, some way Kane, De La Rosa and Giorgi can combine to really surprise and provide quality defense, rebounding, and finishing around the rim, there's a bunch of upside to my prediction, we could be genuinely pretty good.

If Kane or De La Rosa or god forbid both misses a bunch of time, there could be very ugly downside.

Regardless, there are going to be some (non-senior) players who do some nice things for us. Everything hinges on ALL of those players returning for 2019-20. The losing isn't over, but the roster chaos has to be.
I'll bite.

Yikes!
 
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Thu, Nov 08___Evansville W
Tue, Nov 13___Georgetown L
Mon, Nov 19___Gonzaga (Maui Invitational). L
Tue, Nov 20___Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational)L
Wed, Nov 21___Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) L
Sun, Nov 25___Mississippi Valley State W
Tue, Nov 27___@Notre Dame L
Sun, Dec 02___@Nebraska L
Wed, Dec 05___Ohio State (Chicago, IL) W
Sat, Dec 08___UNLV L
Sat, Dec 15___East Tennessee State W
Sat, Dec 22___Missouri (St. Louis, MO) L
Sat, Dec 29___Florida Atlantic W
Thu, Jan 03___@Indiana L
Sun, Jan 06___@Northwestern L
Thu, Jan 10___Michigan L
Wed, Jan 16___Minnesota W
Sun, Jan 20___@Iowa L
Wed, Jan 23___Wisconsin L
Sat, Jan 26___Maryland (New York, NY) L
Wed, Jan 30___@Minnesota L
Sat, Feb 02___Nebraska L
Tue, Feb 05___Michigan State L
Sat, Feb 09___Rutgers W
Thu, Feb 14___@Ohio State L
Mon, Feb 18___@Wisconsin L
Sat, Feb 23___Penn State W
Wed, Feb 27___@Purdue L
Sun, Mar 03___Northwestern W
Thu, Mar 07___Indiana L
Sun, Mar 10___@Penn State L


B10 tourney win over Minny, then loss to Michigan (as is now traditional)

9-22 no post season play. Followed by another total roster turnover. Uninspiring recruiting class of 2019. Underwood on hot seat in 2019. Fired in March 2020.
 
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