Illini Basketball 2020-2021

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#79      
Agree to disagree. Izzo is Top 10 all time in my mind
LOL ... this about to go off the rails

Top 10 all-time in no particular order:
- John Wooden - UCLA
- Bobby Knight - Indiana
- Mike Krzyzewski - Duke
- Adolph Rupp - Kentucky
- Dean Smith - North Carolina
- Jim Calhoun - UConn
- Lute Olson - Arizona
- Jim Boeheim - Syracuse
- Lou Henson - Illinois
- Brad Underwood - Illinois
 
#80      
LOL ... this about to go off the rails

Top 10 all-time in no particular order:
- John Wooden - UCLA
- Bobby Knight - Indiana
- Mike Krzyzewski - Duke
- Adolph Rupp - Kentucky
- Dean Smith - North Carolina
- Jim Calhoun - UConn
- Lute Olson - Arizona
- Jim Boeheim - Syracuse
- Lou Henson - Illinois
- Brad Underwood - Illinois
10 should be higher
 
#81      
Working From Home
File this under things you love to see. Illinois with (basically) the same title odds as Duke as the season starts.

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#84      
My favorite Izzo moment was his staunch defense of Weber when he was fired, presumably because he wanted to have one more team he didn't have to worry about beating him in subsequent seasons.
Not sure if you're kidding or not, Dr. Strangelove. :)
If not, this was a BS narrative put forth by Weber-haters.

Not saying I agree with him but truth be told, Izzo felt his long-time personal friend was run out of town by folks who don't know anything about how to run a basketball program. Win/loss record notwithstanding, Izzo respects Bruce and felt Bruce represented the BigTen well.
 
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#85      
Not sure if you're kidding or not, Dr. Strangelove. :)
If not, this was a BS narrative put forth by Weber-haters.
lol
Not saying I agree with him but truth be told, Izzo felt his long-time personal friend was run out of town by folks who don't know anything about how to run a basketball program. Win/loss record notwithstanding, Izzo respects Bruce and felt Bruce represented the BigTen well.
I think the vast majority of Illini fans saw Izzo's comments as a pretty large over step.
 
#86      
Odds to win 2020 NCAA Tournament-- Courtesy William Hill Sportsbook

Villanova Wildcats +900

Gonzaga Bulldogs +1000

Baylor Bears +1000

Virginia Cavaliers +1000

Iowa Hawkeyes +1200

Kentucky Wildcats +1200

Kansas Jayhawks +1200

Duke Blue Devils +1400

Illinois Fighting Illini +1500

Michigan State Spartans +1600


West Virginia Mountaineers +1800

Wisconsin Badgers +2000

Creighton Bluejays +2500

North Carolina Tar Heels +2500

Florida State Seminoles +2500

Tennessee Volunteers +3000

Ohio State Buckeyes +3000

Houston Cougars +3000

Texas Tech Red Raiders +3000

Oregon Ducks +3000

Arizona State Sun Devils +3000

Michigan Wolverines +4000

Maryland Terrapins +4000

Texas Longhorns +4000

Florida Gators +4000

UCLA Bruins +4000
 
#88      
Odds to win 2020 NCAA Tournament-- Courtesy William Hill Sportsbook

Villanova Wildcats +900

Gonzaga Bulldogs +1000

Baylor Bears +1000

Virginia Cavaliers +1000

Iowa Hawkeyes +1200

Kentucky Wildcats +1200

Kansas Jayhawks +1200

Duke Blue Devils +1400

Illinois Fighting Illini +1500

Michigan State Spartans +1600


West Virginia Mountaineers +1800

Wisconsin Badgers +2000

Creighton Bluejays +2500

North Carolina Tar Heels +2500

Florida State Seminoles +2500

Tennessee Volunteers +3000

Ohio State Buckeyes +3000

Houston Cougars +3000

Texas Tech Red Raiders +3000

Oregon Ducks +3000

Arizona State Sun Devils +3000

Michigan Wolverines +4000

Maryland Terrapins +4000

Texas Longhorns +4000

Florida Gators +4000

UCLA Bruins +4000
Don’t see Mizzu on this list. Editing error?
 
#89      
Watching these first couple games, it's been a while since I've felt like Illinois has an immense talent gap over other teams. Part of that was how badly those Groce teams could play down to the talent level, but part of it is the legit talent. Between Ayo, Miller, and Kofi, I could realistically see 3 future NBA players on this roster. Not sure I'd put any of them as lottery level, but multiple very, very talented guys.

The conference is really strong and deep, so I think we'll have a lot of competitive games, but I think on the national level, we're right up there.
 
#93      
Now ranked #12 in Kenpom after two games.
 
#94      
BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
My apologies if this has already been posted, but this is a great write up on Coleman Hawkins. I liked him before but definitely have a larger soft spot for him now.

The long game: Hoops upbringing prepares Hawkins for B1G role
Thanks for sharing, Kat. What an amazing article. Hawkins just shot up my list of favorite players on the team. That section on how he has been focusing on learning each of his teammate's tendencies so he can set them up for success demonstrates rare maturity for a freshman. He thinks like a PG or a setter in volleyball. I think we got a really good one in Hawkins and I can see why BU is so excited about what he can bring to the table.
 
#95      
Thanks for sharing, Kat. What an amazing article. Hawkins just shot up my list of favorite players on the team. That section on how he has been focusing on learning each of his teammate's tendencies so he can set them up for success demonstrates rare maturity for a freshman. He thinks like a PG or a setter in volleyball. I think we got a really good one in Hawkins and I can see why BU is so excited about what he can bring to the table.
I was pleasantly surprised by Hawkins on the floor so early in the season. Played with confidence and has very good feet for such a big, young kid. He's going to be a really good 4 yr (maybe 5 now) player for us. Needs to bulk up of course.
 
#96      
lol

I think the vast majority of Illini fans saw Izzo's comments as a pretty large over step.
Probably right. It's easy to view Izzo's statement as heresy if it flies in the face of what you believe and want.
I agree that the time was right for Weber to leave, but I'll never buy into the notion that Izzo liked Bruce primarily because Bruce was easy to beat.
 
#99      
Washington State
Probably not the right thread but don’t know where to put this. Syracuse and Alan Griffin will play at Rutgers on Tuesday, Dec 8. That makes 2 teams that ‘Cuse and UI will both play, Duke being the other.
 
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I was just looking generally at KenPom and seeing that not every team in the B1G has a projected 20 game record.
Some are only 18 games. Then I looked at the detail and Nebraska, to pick one team, really truly only does have 18 conference games.
That seems really odd to me. Does anyone know if this is true or do they just have games that aren't scheduled yet?
If it is true, why is this the case? Schedules are already unbalanced somewhat by the single game matchups, but 18 games vs 20 games seems truly odd.
The official Nebraska site shows 20 conference games: 2020-21 Men's Basketball Schedule - University of Nebraska (huskers.com)
 
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