Illini Basketball 2019-2020

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Lose at Iowa, Ohst, Pstate, Rutgers, win all others including all at Home. Reasonable projections I think.
We will win at least one of these. Probably two. Three isn't crazy talk anymore.
 
WizBill scolded me because I thought he was smoking something when he boldly predicted a couple weeks ago no more than 3 loses the rest of the regular season....:hand:
 
Purchased my tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to the B1G tourney. First time going and really hoping to see Illini all 3 days of action. With how deep the B1G0 is this year, should make for an exciting tourney in Indy.
I just looked at ticket prices. i wanna go but i am not dropping a grand to sit in the rafters. But lets get a top 4 finish so all of the fans that wait can go and the other half can go home!
 
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Taken from a free ESPN article dated 1/28
https://www.espn.com/mens-college-b...gest-overachievers-underachievers-top-leagues

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Overachieving: Illinois. With Kofi Cockburn on the floor, Illinois is one of the best teams in the country. In those situations, Illinois has connected on 53.4% of its attempts inside the arc and held opponents to just 87 points per 100 possessions. Per the Chicago Tribune, a preseason Big Ten media poll projected Brad Underwood's squad to finish seventh. Instead, the program entered the week tied with Michigan State for first place (both 7-2) and chasing a top-eight seed in the NCAA tournament. Saturday's thrilling road win over Michigan was its sixth in a row and third Big Ten road win.

Underachieving: Ohio State. In the same media poll, Chris Holtmann's team was picked to finish third. Ohio State, ranked 18th in the AP preseason poll, justified that buzz with an 11-1 start anchored by wins over Kentucky, Villanova and Penn State. Since then? The Buckeyes are 2-6. They've lost by 10 or more in five of their six Big Ten losses, including twice against Minnesota. They're shooting 37% from the 3-point line, the top mark in the league, and surrendering a 37% clip from the 3-point line, 13th in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes haven't fallen off the NCAA tournament radar, but they have to find a way to stop the free fall.
 
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Taken from a free ESPN article dated 1/28
https://www.espn.com/mens-college-b...gest-overachievers-underachievers-top-leagues

Big Ten

Overachieving: Illinois. With Kofi Cockburn on the floor, Illinois is one of the best teams in the country. In those situations, Illinois has connected on 53.4% of its attempts inside the arc and held opponents to just 87 points per 100 possessions. Per the Chicago Tribune, a preseason Big Ten media poll projected Brad Underwood's squad to finish seventh. Instead, the program entered the week tied with Michigan State for first place (both 7-2) and chasing a top-eight seed in the NCAA tournament. Saturday's thrilling road win over Michigan was its sixth in a row and third Big Ten road win.
On my phone, it’s difficult to bold text. However, just because pundits call it “Overachieving” does not mean it’s true. It’s only overachieving if it’s just based on hype. I saw we had the players and were going to make some real noise.

I really think there are very few teams that want to play us right now.
 
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