And from SI, there is this to kick off the season:
I'll be happy if we split the GCU and AZ games. I don't expect consistency, nor the ability to handle success (without a letdown). We'll have a good talent gap on a lot of teams so I'm not too worried about the schedule for the rest of the non-conf. Maybe I should beI think lots of people will come around once we win some games. Expectations are nice but these guys need to prove it early on in the season
There are only 2 things that can happen that would prevent us from being ranked heading into Week 4.I’ve seen us everywhere from mid teens (Katz, Barttorvik) down to 67 (Bilas) or so. No one knows how good we’ll be. If we start 3-0 with wins over GCU and Zona, we’ll probably be ranked. If we start 1-2 (decent chance), we won’t be close to ranked (but that won’t mean we won’t get there this season). We are unproven and we won 12 games last year with most of our same lineup. Need to win games before we can seriously criticize modest/pessimistic projections.
Post 45 in this thread.Lunardi has Illinois as a 10 seed in latest Bracketology (November 4th). Not sure if this was mentioned anywhere.
Ayo is good, he was good as a freshman and will be again, I didn't think as a freshman he was 1 and done before or after that season, I do not think he is a lottery for sure after soph season, and quite possibly not a 1st rounder as well. 3 years we get him possibly, Ayo, Adam, Trent, Andre is a helluva 4 guard set for next year with other to factor in as well!For what it’s worth, newest Bleacher Report out today does not list Ayo as going in first round.