12/6 Polls

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The Galloping Ghost

Washington, DC
#13      
If you watched those losses you're not surprised. BU will no doubt use this as motivation. We looked pretty terrible a couple weeks ago, but the team has finally found some chemistry. The kids are getting used to playing with one another, and I think the kids are individually stepping up and showing us some moves they didn't have three weeks ago. They're not there yet, but explosive growth at some positions. I think Curbelo's return might be a bit rocky to start, but at this point I'm just hoping Curbelo is OKAY. The whole basketball thing is secondary at this point for me with regards to Andre. Hopefully he comes back and the team is stronger than ever. IMHO of course.
 
#14      
I’m pissed about the rankings. I can’t imagine how the team feels. Almost like they are being punished for Belo not being active.
It's not a big deal. None of this matters until February. All these rankings is only to give fans something to do between now and tourney time. Out of curiosity I looked at the Sagarin. Illinois is 28th but their strength of schedule is 166th. Of the teams above them 9 of them have faced a weaker schedule so far. Also it's difficult to overcome a Quad 2 loss in only 8 games.
 
#15      
I’m pissed about the rankings. I can’t imagine how the team feels. Almost like they are being punished for Belo not being active.
I don't think anyone should be pissed. The steaming pile they laid against Cincinnati is going to take awhile to clean up. Belo wasn't playing well when he was active. There are a number of die-hard fans on here that aren't sure we are better with him in the lineup right now. (I totally disagree, but the TO numbers speak for themselves...) You have to reward the teams that are winning games. The only 2 loss teams in the rankings have top 25 wins and both losses against top 25 teams*. (*OSU had a loss against Xavier #27; but also beat Duke)
We don't have a signature win, and lost 2 head scratchers. We can get some good wins this week. Lets hope the team we saw Friday shows up tonight.
 
#16      

pruman91

Paducah, Ky
The Cincy 20 point loss is why we are not ranked this week....Think about it ....We were highly thought of with Kofi , Trent and DMW coming back ....Belo and CoHawk....Plummer. and Jake...3 highly ranked frosh.....

Then the 3 game penalty for Kofi...Trent gets hurts ....Belo's affliction........

Then we get pummeled by an average Cincy team after we give up such a disappointing loss to Marquette........

We need some significant wins to regain favorable opinions from the voters ....plain and simple as that to me.......we are looking great after the ND and RU wins , but we still have ground to make up in the eyes of those who cast ballots...

I am of the opinion that ranking's matter especially in the social world we live in , but we are recruiting great right now so let's go on a winning streak and that will take care of being ranked or not....

And please dear Ancients , lets massacre the misery tigers this year and exact some revenge ....
 
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#17      

Ignatius Shang

3rd year PhD, school of Information Sciences
Champaign, IL
If I didn't know our position in the AP poll last week, #28 is expected due to not one, but two bad losses. But ... we ranked # 26 last week, and defeated 2 major league teams with a dominating 35 points win, and they moved us down? Why?
 
#18      

the national

the Front Range
I’m disappointed but not shocked. Illinois talked a big talk last year and had high expectations coming into the season (which, I think was warranted). But the first month was abysmal. The voters are snake bitten and a lot of other teams are making a push with solid W’s to prove it. We just need to start piling up wins. Winning cures all.
 
#19      
If I didn't know our position in the AP poll last week, #28 is expected due to not one, but two bad losses. But ... we ranked # 26 last week, and defeated 2 major league teams with a dominating 35 points win, and they moved us down? Why?
Probably had more to do with teams behind us picking up good wins. We won, but we were supposed to. We really only played well against Rutgers.
 
#23      
I have no quarrel with AP poll. We won two games we thought we would, so did we really deserve to move up? Illini will have plenty of chances — like this week — to win games that will get them into and move them up rankings.
 
#24      
I have no quarrel with AP poll. We won two games we thought we would, so did we really deserve to move up? Illini will have plenty of chances — like this week — to win games that will get them into and move them up rankings.
Yeah I mean it's fun to see the little number next to your school, but it's all about the Ws in the end.

Win enough and the ranking will come. Heck, if it makes the team play with a chip on its shoulder I'm in on being unranked.