Pregame: Illinois at Nebraska, Friday, February 12th, 8:00pm CT, BTN

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Based on Hoiberg post-game comments, I would expect Nebraska to try and slow themselves down to a crawl tomorrow night. If we speed them up, the wheels should come off. They tried over and over again to go one on one against Wiscy and they just don't have the talent for it.
 
#103      
Paducah, Ky
Another great presser by Brad.......Nice way to spend 23 minutes here in Paducah, ky on a sleety, cold, Thursday afternoon....

Thoughts...........
BU didn't bite on the question about TF and DMW coming back , with a sly grin
nailed it on Adam and progression...I stated before that I see a distinct correllation between Ace and Aaron Henry @ MSU......But I think Ace is already a better defender than AH as far as frosh comparison....Ace will become a solid rim driver, maybe not this season but soon as his confidence grows....
Neb, Neb. Neb.......One game at a time was referenced again and again.....so was cleaning up our turnovers, so I'm glad we have the mindset that is....
" to get where we want to be, this is how we do it......"
glad Bu and staff are directing our beloved players and hope they are here doing it for a long time....It feels great to see # 6 next to Illinois and being truly excited and ready for the next game ...etc etc etc
 
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BlueLeader said: Wisconsin is simply not good. I'd put rutgers and Indiana in front of them.

I would not discount this team just because they are in a bad stretch. This team won the B10 title last year with the same exact team...

The unbalanced schedule really helped WI last year. The oft touted 8 game win streak to close out the season was against the bottom 8 teams in the league. Winning 8 in a row is still an achievement. It wasn't anywhere near as impressive as it sounds. I think WI is between 4th and 6th best in the BIG this year.
 
#105      
I would not discount this team just because they are in a bad stretch. This team won the B10 title last year with the same exact team...

While I will agree with you that Wisconsin is definitely a good team that is simply having a bad stretch, part of that conference title was a favorable schedule. Two other teams (MSU and Maryland) tied them for first, and we were one game away from a share of the title. Look at those four teams' schedules last year:

WISC: 5 games vs. top 5 in B1G (2-3), 7 games vs. bottom 4 in B1G (6-1)
MSU: 7 games vs. top 5 in B1G (5-2), 4 games vs. bottom 4 in B1G (5-1)
UMD: 7 games vs. top 5 in B1G (5-2), 6 games vs. bottom 4 in B1G (6-0)
ILL: 7 games vs. top 5 in B1G (2-5), 5 games vs. bottom 4 in B1G (4-0)

A title is a title, but when one game is meaning so much at the end of the year, racking up 6 wins vs. the cellar dwellers (compared to our undefeated 4...) and dodging two more games than the rest of the contenders with the top teams makes a huge difference.
 
#106      
I thought Nebby had a great start. I feel like they ran out of gas. No legs in their shots as many hit the front of the rim.
I don't think Wisconsin is that good. I'm just a guy, but they suck.
You can just look at the Nebraska players and see that they sat for a month. They look "in shape" for dudes on the street, but not for D-1 basketball players in February.
If we make them work, we should pull away pretty easily in the 2nd half. As long as we don't get caught looking past them, it should be fun.
 
#108      
Can anyone explain why the Michigan women are playing tonight but the mens team couldn’t play us tonight? It was my understanding the entire athletic program was under the same Covid restrictions.
 
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Can anyone explain why the Michigan women are playing tonight but the mens team couldn’t play us tonight? It was my understanding the entire athletic program was under the same Covid restrictions.
The restriction expired on Sunday. The women though they had enough time to prepare for a game. The men's team is ducking us.
 
#114      
My superstitious self is looking to break down some barriers. If we lose today, blame me first, then the refs, then BU, and then, if necessary, Nebraska.

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#116      
Orange Krush Class of 2013
Rochester, MN
Here in Southeast MN, it was -12 for the morning commute, and we'll get up to a balmy high temp of -2 today... needless to say, I am glad we managed to get a game on the schedule, because I plan to be plopped next to the fireplace for the duration of the evening regardless
 
#117      
The restriction expired on Sunday. The women though they had enough time to prepare for a game. The men's team is ducking us.
I don't blame them for not wanting to play us when we are hot and they've not played for 2+ weeks. What I don't get is why they don't seem to be making an effort for reschedule any of the five games they have missed.
 
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BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago
I don't blame them for not wanting to play us when we are hot and they've not played for 2+ weeks. What I don't get is why they don't seem to be making an effort for reschedule any of the five games they have missed.
The constraints are relatively simple.
  • According to the initial B1G schedule, the final games of the regular season are scheduled to happen on March 7.
  • B1G tournament begins on March 10.
  • There are 23 days left (2/13-3/7) for Michigan to play 11 games.
  • The Wisconsin game is Sunday (2/14) and probably won't be moved at this late date.
  • Michigan probably won't agree to play back-to-back games coming right out of their pause, so no games on 2/13 or 2/15.
  • So there are really 20 days left (2/16-3/7) for Michigan to play 10 games.
  • Michigan needs to play every other day to get all the remaining games in.
  • Assuming one day rest between each game, Michigan must play the first of its ten games on 2/17 at the latest (first game on 2/17 and last game on 3/7).
  • If no additional games scheduled before Rutgers (2/18), Michigan will be forced into at least one back-to-back.
  • If no additional games scheduled before OSU (2/21), then Michigan will be forced into at least two back-to-backs.
The only pressure valve I can identify is allowing/asking Michigan to play games on 3/8 or 3/9. That doesn't seem realistic to me with the B1G tournament right around the corner. So, practically speaking, if we don't hear about an aggressive schedule change by 2/14, I think we can safely assume that either Michigan is going to play at least one back-to-back (given the MD-Neb situation, perhaps against Indiana or MSU, since Michigan still needs to play both of those teams twice), or Michigan is not going to make up all of its remaining games. In summary, we should know a lot more about what's even possible by the end of this weekend, and the clock is very much ticking.
 
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I don't blame them for not wanting to play us when we are hot and they've not played for 2+ weeks. What I don't get is why they don't seem to be making an effort for reschedule any of the five games they have missed.
Look at how the conference higher ups bent over backwards to get the TO$U into the football championship game.
 
#122      
Look at how the conference higher ups bent over backwards to get the TO$U into the football championship game.
I think the mess the B1G made of the rules during the football season explains why we have as few rules as possible this time. OSU was clearly the best team in the league, and the original rules disqualified them from proving that. I cannot guess how this will all turn out this time around. If we go 15-4 while Michigan goes 14-1, I assume Michigan gets the title. If they go 9-6 while we go 12-7, we clearly finish ahead of them, It is 12-3 vs 15-4 that gets messy.
 
#124      
What I don't get is why they don't seem to be making an effort for reschedule any of the five games they have missed.

Perhaps better to be rested for the Big Ten and NCAA tournament, that is where the money is. I would tend to doubt one should see any back to back games or games played on only one day's rest.
 
#125      
Denver, CO
While I am not putting this down as a 100% slam dunk win, the most confident about a game this conference season. Nebraska is a fairly lost looking team, on long break in January. Best win against... South Dakota? They play with some energy but have pretty much no offensive umph. To win I think we would need to be sleepwalking for 35+ minutes with 3 of their players having season-high performances. Not impossible but I just don’t see it. I think we stay locked in, but uncomfortably close (4 point game) by halftime and pull away in the 2nd.

ILL- 78
Neb- 63

Illinois barely covers, but a relaxed flight back to Champaign tonight for the boys.
 
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