Illini Basketball 2020-2021

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#61
Kofi physically moved from NYC back to Champaign. It is pretty clear he is coming back.
Unless he is just using the facilities to keep in shape and practice.
FYI I don't think this to be the case, but it is a possibility.
 
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Unless he is just using the facilities to keep in shape and practice.
FYI I don't think this to be the case, but it is a possibility.
Even in that scenario, this allows the staff to be in closer contact with him and have a stronger influence on his decision. It's an important development in any case.
 
#64
Even in that scenario, this allows the staff to be in closer contact with him and have a stronger influence on his decision. It's an important development in any case.
Staff wanted Kofi out of NYC because it was the epicenter for the virus, plus Kofi said he was having a difficult time finding gyms.
 
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Really insightful commentary by Gentry. Love seeing him point to execution vs decision errors. Also great to see the defensive side in detail. It's easy to forget these players have to work very hard to be mentally fit for games. Lotta split second decisions being made.
 
#68
Chevy Chase, Maryland
I'm literally clapping, yelling, and cheering out loud at the Flying Illini v scUM Jan. '89 replay currently on BTN.

Orange blooded.

2020 COVID sports life.
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I was in St. Louis that weekend, visiting two UIUC friends in grad school at WashU, having driven down from Champaign just before classes resumed. Watched that game at a sports bar down near the old Busch Stadium. Remember it to this day. It was a beating, not quite as savage as the one they administered in Ann Arbor on senior day there on the final day of the season, but immensely satisfying. I can still remember the elation I felt in that bar 31 years later. Amazing.
 
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CBS Parish Pre-Season Rankings Big Ten Teams
https://www.cbssports.com/college-b...p-after-adding-indiana-transfer-justin-smith/

5 Iowa
Luka Garza will be the obvious preseason national player of the year if he returns to Iowa for his senior season, which is among the reasons he's expected to return to Iowa for his senior season. Presumably, he'll be joined by the four other starters from a team that finished 23rd at KenPom. And don't forget: Iowa will get Jordan Bohannon back after a redshirt season. So Fran McCaffery should have the best team he's ever had in 22 years as a Division I head coach.

9 Wisconsin
Wisconsin got better after Kobe King quit the team in January - evidence being how the Badgers won eight straight games to close the regular season and shared the Big Ten crown with Maryland and Michigan State. Now the top five scorers from the final-game roster are expected back. The best of the bunch might be Micah Potter, who averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 52.8% from the field. He's among the reasons Wisconsin will be positioned to secure back-to-back league titles.

10 Michigan State
If Xavier Tillman decides to return to school, Michigan State will definitely move up. But, for now, the presumption is that the 6-8 forward is done with college basketball, which means the Spartans will likely be without the top two players from a team that shared the Big Ten title with Maryland and Wisconsin. Finding a suitable replacement at point guard for Cassius Winston won't be easy. But Tom Izzo hasn't missed the NCAA Tournament since 1997 - and that'll still be true after next season.

16 Ohio State
Ohio State beat Duke for graduate-transfer Seth Towns - a 6-8 forward from Harvard who was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2018. His arrival alone won't cancel out the departure of Kaleb Wesson, but it'll help. Meantime, Duane Washington, CJ Walker and Kyle Young should provide Chris Holtmann with an experienced nucleus on a team that is projected to return five of the top nine scorers from a roster that finished No. 8 at KenPom this past season.

20 Rutgers
Rutgers should return seven of the top eight scorers from a team that finished 28th at KenPom - most notably double-digit scorers Ron Harper Jr. and Geo Baker. Beyond that, the Scarlet Knights are adding a consensus top-50 prospect in Cliff Omoruyi. So winning at the RAC will once again be a difficult task for opponents because Steve Pikiell should have a team equipped to make the NCAA Tournament for what would be, under normal circumstances, the second straight season.

23 Whosiers
The late addition of five-star point guard Khristian Lander pushed Indiana's recruiting class into the top 15 and provided Archie Miller with the perfect compliment to an experienced roster. Justin Smith's decision to transfer stings a little. But the Hoosiers are still returning seven of the top nine scorers from a team that was projected to make the 2020 NCAA Tournament - and that should be enough to give Indiana a chance to compete at the top of the Big Ten standings.
 
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CBS Parish Pre-Season Rankings Big Ten Teams
https://www.cbssports.com/college-b...p-after-adding-indiana-transfer-justin-smith/

9 Wisconsin
Wisconsin got better after Kobe King quit the team in January - evidence being how the Badgers won eight straight games to close the regular season and shared the Big Ten crown with Maryland and Michigan State. Now the top five scorers from the final-game roster are expected back. The best of the bunch might be Micah Potter, who averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 52.8% from the field. He's among the reasons Wisconsin will be positioned to secure back-to-back league titles.
I'm not sold on WI under Gard yet. Wisconsin had, by far, the easiest BIG schedule. They played exactly one of the top six league finishers twice. The 8 game closing win streak was against the bottom 8 teams in the League. Road wins are hard. Only the @MI win stands out as worthy of note. Their final 8 games were:
Ohio State (7), Rutgers (8), Purdue (10), Minn (12), NWU (13)
@Michigan (9), @Ind (11), @NE(14)

(#) Is their finishing place in the BIG
 
#72
MSU losing Winston and Tilman seems a bigger loss than our losing Ayo and Dre but doesn’t affect their projections as much. Obviously recent historical records affect the ratings.
 
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