Pregame: Illinois vs Miami, Monday, December 2nd, 6:00pm CT, ESPN2

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#76
Westfield, IN
Need Illinois to win by at least 14 to win my $
 
#79
For fun, here is our Big Ten/ACC Challenge history:

We have had a couple of streaks, but overall, we are 8-12 (.400). We peaked at 7-7 (.500) after that George Tech win in 2012-13, at the time the best record among Big Ten teams (IIRC). I would say it's time we start winning some games and getting those fun matchups again, starting with BEATING MIAMI! Here are all of the opponents we've had:

Maryland (x4)
North Carolina (x4)
Clemson (x2)
Duke (x2)
Georgia Tech (x2)
Miami (FL) [x2] ... counting this year
Notre Dame (x2)
Wake Forest (x2)
NC State (x1)
Wow, what a run we had in the early 2000's. Noting where we were ranked entering this challenge.

In consecutive years, from 1999-2005.

#16
#9
#2
#25
#11
#5
#12

2005-06: #12 Illinois 68, North Carolina 64 in Chapel Hill, NC
2004-05: #5 Illinois 91, #1 Wake Forest 73 in Champaign, IL
2003-04: #10 North Carolina 88, #11 Illinois 81 in Greensboro, NC
2002-03: #25 Illinois 92, #12 North Carolina 65 in Champaign, IL
2001-02: #5 Maryland 76, #2 Illinois 63 in College Park, MD
2000-01: #1 Duke 78, #9 Illinois 77 in Greensboro, NC
1999-00: #17 Duke 72, #16 Illinois 69 in Chicago, IL
 
#82
Ft. Collins, CO
81-67 Illini with Ayo leading our scoring (18 points) and Kofi logs another double double (16 pts & 14 boards). How is that for Orange Koolaid? :shield:
 
#86
Bonnaroo Land
As it stands now, our first 2 conference games are against #3 and #4 in the country. These next 3 are huge.
 
#91
Illini by 10.

Georgi leads us in scoring
The only two starters who haven't led us in scoring for at least one game are Giorgi and Trent. I expect each of them to do so before the season is over.
 
#94
Cute. But you know what I mean - there is shaping up to be very little margin for error on our schedule, so we need to be beating middling P5 teams at home if we want to dance.
Yep. We're going to have to do some significant work to even hit .500 in the conference this year due to getting the bad end of an unbalanced schedule. We could easily be underdogs in the first five conference games we play.

If we pick up two or three losses in the non-con slate it will be really difficult to get to, say, 19 wins. We need to do some good work in December.
 
#95
Aurora, IL
Wow, what a run we had in the early 2000's. Noting where we were ranked entering this challenge.

In consecutive years, from 1999-2005.

#16
#9
#2
#25
#11
#5
#12

2005-06: #12 Illinois 68, North Carolina 64 in Chapel Hill, NC
2004-05: #5 Illinois 91, #1 Wake Forest 73 in Champaign, IL
2003-04: #10 North Carolina 88, #11 Illinois 81 in Greensboro, NC
2002-03: #25 Illinois 92, #12 North Carolina 65 in Champaign, IL
2001-02: #5 Maryland 76, #2 Illinois 63 in College Park, MD
2000-01: #1 Duke 78, #9 Illinois 77 in Greensboro, NC
1999-00: #17 Duke 72, #16 Illinois 69 in Chicago, IL
Here's the full game from 1999:
 
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