Illini Basketball 2023-2024

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Dan

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Welcome to the Illini Basketball & College Basketball thread :illinois:


Tickets
Sept. 27, 12 p.m. – Public Mini-Plan Tickets go on sale
Oct. 11, 12 p.m. – Public Maui Strong Relief Matchup vs. Kansas Tickets go on sale
Oct. 25, 12 p.m. – Public Single-Game Tickets go on sale


2023-2024 Illini Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Oct 20Ottawa
(Exhibition Game)
Sun, Oct 29Kansas
(Exhibition Game)
5:00pm BTN
Mon, Nov 6Eastern Illinois
Fri, Nov 10Oakland
Tue, Nov 14Marquette
(Gavitt Tipoff Games)
Fri, Nov 17Valparaiso
Sun, Nov 19Southern
Fri, Nov 24Western Illinois
Sat, Dec 2at Rutgers
Tue, Dec 5Florida Atlantic
(Jimmy V Classic, New York City)
Sat, Dec 9at Tennessee
Sun, Dec 17Colgate
Fri, Dec 22Missouri
(Braggin' Rights, St. Louis)
Fri, Dec 29Fairleigh Dickinson
Tue, Jan 2Northwestern
Fri, Jan 5at Purdue
Thu, Jan 11Michigan State
Sun, Jan 14Maryland
Thu, Jan 18at Michigan
Sun, Jan 21Rutgers
Wed, Jan 24at Northwestern
Sat, Jan 27Indiana
Tue, Jan 30at Ohio State
Sun, Feb 4Nebraska
Sat, Feb 10at Michigan State
Tue, Feb 13Michigan
Sat, Feb 17at Maryland
Wed, Feb 21at Penn State
Sat, Feb 24Iowa
Wed, Feb 28Minnesota
Sat, Mar 2at Wisconsin
Tue, Mar 5Purdue
Sun, Mar 10at Iowa

All times CT


Illinois' opponent rotation for the 20-game Big Ten league schedule:

Home Only – Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska
Away Only – Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Home & Away – Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers


 
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Anyone see the post Terrence shared on his Instagram? Looks like he has changed his grip on the ball in his shooting motion. Always wondered why his shot wasn’t consistent, always looked like he had something just slightly off on his release. Looks like he’s gripping the ball better now and letting it roll off of his finger tips better, while not holding it without his fingers being so extended around the ball. Looks much better.

Side note; did he play for Full Package in AAU when he was younger? Played them growing up in a few small tournaments and Terrence is only 2 years younger than me… makes me think 🤔
 
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4 break games with one of them being MSU is a huge bummer. on the bright side, when we go to Mackey the Purdue students will be on break
5 break games. most students will be gone by Dec 17 Colgate (moved from 11/26)
 
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Haven't posted much in the run-up to the season because the thing I'm most curious about (the PG situation), I don't see getting new info on until the games actually start.

Oh, you didn't ask and you didn't miss me :/ Fair enough.
 
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We play Sparty and Purdue twice. They play each other only once (?!)

We only get PSU and Minny once. Sparty gets them twice. Sparty also gets Rutgers only once, in East Lansing.

I think Izzo has the most favorable schedule.
 
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With a roster of his own players, Brad will get you 20 wins and a tourney appearance. As a coach, the dude has a high floor...just need him to reach his ceiling :cautious:
'21 team reached its full potential and flamed out in the second round. '22 team overplayed their expectations & ran into a great Houston team with half of the team limping to the finish line.. Last year was a mess & still was a pretty solid team objectively. He needs to get to his first second weekend & I think it'll open the flood gates. Part of the reason he's a Power-5 coach is he took SFA to their absolute ceiling, wasn't Brads win % there close to 80-90? Only coach I've also seen turn a 0-6 conference start into a few points from a round of 32, maybe ever. Think this team has just the same chance I'd give his last 4 teams. Time will tell.
 
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Think 22-9 if we stay healthy is the most realistic. Could see up to 25 & hopefully no less than 19 wins.
You're more optimistic than me. I think we have a pretty tough schedule there with a rough stretch in January and another one to close out the season. I'm thinking between 12 and 14 losses. I predict:

Non-con: 8-3
B10: 11-9
BTT: 1-1

And we'll be clenching our butts hard on selection sunday.
 
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You're more optimistic than me. I think we have a pretty tough schedule there with a rough stretch in January and another one to close out the season. I'm thinking between 12 and 14 losses. I predict:

Non-con: 8-3
B10: 11-9
BTT: 1-1

And we'll be clenching our butts hard on selection sunday.
I think there’s a lot of BIG teams this year that would normally fall between 6-10 in most years. Which means you really need to be the cream that rises to the top. I think this teams floor is insanely high, which leads me to believe we win more of those big ten games than we lose. IMO the only clear cut top flight team is Purdue and the only clear cut crappy teams are PSU and Minny. Everyone else is battling.

8-3 non con feels right. Gimme 13-7 in the big ten though and a top 4 finish.
 
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Bigtex

DFW
Got caught up in the optimism last fall and had high hopes for our freshman guards. Predicted 24-7 (or something like that) Essentially the same team, IMO this year's team is a little more balanced and much more experienced, but PG will be a challenge all year. 21-10 1-1 BTT and will struggle to get to the 2nd weekend for NCAAT
 
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foby

Bonnaroo Land
Another reminder that this is not last years team;

Going from one of the youngest teams to one of the oldest.

4 Super Seniors

Sr Coleman > Jr Coleman
So Ty > Fr Ty
So Sencire > Fr Sencire
Jr Luke > So Luke

Depth, Talent, Skill, DEFENSE

But, but, but Muh Point Guard? ............ Ty, Coleman, Marcus are all great facilitators.

Gut Picks;
9-2 Non-Con
13-7 B1G
1-1 B1G Tourney (23-10)
NCAA?

Heart Picks
10-1 Non-Con
15-5 B1G
2-1 B1g Tourney (27-7)
NCAA ....... OH YEAH, BABY!
 
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skyIdub

Winged Warrior
Another reminder that this is not last years team;

Going from one of the youngest teams to one of the oldest.

4 Super Seniors

Sr Coleman > Jr Coleman
So Ty > Fr Ty
So Sencire > Fr Sencire
Jr Luke > So Luke

Depth, Talent, Skill, DEFENSE

But, but, but Muh Point Guard? ............ Ty, Coleman, Marcus are all great facilitators.

Gut Picks;
9-2 Non-Con
13-7 B1G
1-1 B1G Tourney (23-10)
NCAA?

Heart Picks
10-1 Non-Con
15-5 B1G
2-1 B1g Tourney (27-7)
NCAA ....... OH YEAH, BABY!

BRING ME MOAR
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Another reminder that this is not last years team;

Going from one of the youngest teams to one of the oldest.

4 Super Seniors

Sr Coleman > Jr Coleman
So Ty > Fr Ty
So Sencire > Fr Sencire
Jr Luke > So Luke

Depth, Talent, Skill, DEFENSE

But, but, but Muh Point Guard? ............ Ty, Coleman, Marcus are all great facilitators.

Gut Picks;
9-2 Non-Con
13-7 B1G
1-1 B1G Tourney (23-10)
NCAA?

Heart Picks
11-0 Non-Con
20-0 B1G
3-0 B1g Tourney (34-0)
6-0 NCAA ....... OH YEAH, BABY!
I fixed your heart picks ... Get that hate out of your heart or it will consume you! 😉
 
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