Having watched since Lou and Bobby Knight, Indiana Clownpants ALWAYS are the most awful and the MOST DESIRED to destroy. If we beat them 80-10, I would be close to satisfied.
As far as our rivalry’s go, it seems like Indiana was always my main one, at least since I started watching Illinois basketball. Indiana always had coaches that made them easy to hate.....Knight, Sampson, Crean, etc. I’m not at a point yet where I hate Miller at that same level. However, Fran and most of the Iowa players have definitely filled that void for me, so I’m in!
Sorry. Mizzou is still and will always be my public enemy number one. As a Metro East native, there just isn't any other way.
For me, any out-of-conference team can't be a full-on rival. And Mizzou just isn't legit enough to matter much, nor ever will be. With Clownso at the helm, they're even more insignificant. But really, who cares?
I grew up in the western part of the state (Hancock county) and hated Iowa for as long as I can remember. Now I have moved to Central Illinois and do more in Eastern Illinois. My hate is now distributed between Iowa and Indiana. Geography definitely makes a difference. And UNC.... they suck.All of this tells me you didn't grow up in the Metro East, and that is totally okay. In the absence of a longstanding rivalry (e.g. Ohio State/Michigan), we get to spread our hate around more diversely.
Watching the final game against Iowa...man this next season can’t come soon enough. This team would have gone far, at least sweet 16. Still think people are underselling this upcoming seasons team. Guard play will be unreal and of Kofi returns this team should be a top 25 team. This is my starting 5, I think one of the transfers will start possibly but man that guard line up is tough not to put in the starting 5.
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Why is it that Hancock County is the only place in the state that people say they live in the county rather than a town? My mom grew up in horselick. IA/IND both, but living in NC has also put Chapel Hill right up there. Bet no one from outside Hancock County will get that reference.)I grew up in the western part of the state (Hancock county) and hated Iowa for as long as I can remember. Now I have moved to Central Illinois and do more in Eastern Illinois. My hate is now distributed between Iowa and Indiana. Geography definitely makes a difference. And UNC.... they suck.