Illini Basketball 2020-2021

#1      
So at this point I'm pretty confident the B1G will be won by us, Iowa, Wisconsin, Rutgers, or Michigan. I'm not sold on Michigan yet, but they look good so far. I do think Rutgers is a legit contender. Outside those 5 I can't see anyone else sneaking in and stealing the conference.

Here are all the home-and-home's for the contenders. In parentheses is the average Kenpom ranking of the 7 teams.

Illinois (43) - Ohio St, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana, Penn St

Wisconsin (41.3) - Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn St, Maryland

Iowa (28.7) - Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan St, Minnesota, Rutgers, Ohio St, Northwestern

Michigan (36.7) - Michigan St, Indiana, Northwestern, Maryland, Wisconsin, Penn St, Minnesota

Rutgers (32) - Ohio St, Iowa, Michigan St, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota, Maryland

Iowa with the toughest schedule. That's too bad. :)
 
#9      
A really good interview of Underwood
REALLY enjoyed that!

Great rapport between the two guys. Sure makes Beilein out to be a pretty cool guy. I found it most interesting that JB didn't really ask any questions about specific players. Instead, it was much more focused on the coaching aspects of the game..........8-man rotation, defensive pressure on the ball, the value of not fouling and competing against teams with equal or better talent. I now sense that Beilein will be coaching again sometime soon --- 2021-22?

A+!
 
#20      
Well, in Lunardi's latest Bracketology, he has no Big Ten teams earning a one seed but a whopping 3 of the 4 two seeds are from the Big Ten (us, Michigan, Iowa).

I guess maybe he is coming around on us a little?
 
#21      
BBV got some tick last night 1 minute I believe. That should've knocked the rust off and got got him in game shape. Seems the perfect game to have got him some more tick though.
 
#22      
BBV got some tick last night 1 minute I believe. That should've knocked the rust off and got got him in game shape. Seems the perfect game to have got him some more tick though.
He looked like quite the specimen on the floor. I'd like to see him be able to take 10 minutes a game at the 4.
 
#23      

Jeff Goodman with Ayo at the end of the lottery at #14 in the first round. Would be nice to show recruits we can put players in the NBA again.


Sam Vecenie of the Athletic ($$) has him at #24: https://theathletic.com/2300300/202...vecenie-mock-2-0-cade-cunningham-jalen-suggs/

Calls him a polarizing prospect, NBA evaluators are split on whether his improvement in his shot will continue to translate. Seen as an NBA 3rd guard, who can run some lead, excellent in transition, versatile defender, and high character kid.

Andre Curbelo also gets a mention in the article that people are monitoring for 2022!