Pregame: Illinois at Ohio State, Saturday, March 6th, 3:00pm CT, ESPN

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Paducah, Ky
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Been staring at the clock since 7 am..............


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Biding my time, trying to be productive......

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Called Brad to see if Ayo is playing today...................

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Chris, how many times have I told you to NOT call me on game day ????? Get a grip........................

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4 more f*****g hours to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
#203      
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Any official word on Ayo?

Go ILLINI!

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He's not playing today. And BU is going to tie Belo's right hand behind his back, drape two 45 lb plates over Ace's shoulders, and force Kofi to play on one leg. Just to keep it close. He was frankly quite alarmed at how much attention the boys attracted Tuesday evening. He prefers flying under the radar until mid-month.
 
#205      
What was it, about 90 minutes before the Michigan game that Ayo's status was announced? I would expect the same today. Messes with the opponent's game planning.
 
#206      
Ayo is reportedly at the shoot around with his mask on.
Same thing last game. He was out there for a while, then they sat him after a little bit of work. Im kind of interested to see him sit it out. On the contrary he does need some work before the BTT. Need him back in the grove and receiving contact.
 
#207      
Denver, CO
I don’t know how to feel about this game. On one hand, we just creamed Michigan (who beat OSU) on their own floor. On the other hand we looked lost against the length in January and got beat badly already.

I think Underwood is a master motivator. He can point to multiple things
- These guys smoked you in January
- You’re still 2 point dogs in this game nobody believes you’re legit.
- win this and lock in a #1 seed in the Tourney no matter what.
Idk about you but any of those three would get me fired up
 
#211      
BU:1 Trash cans:0
Chicago

Its been a long time since I saw "Illinois Region" during these projections. It feels good!
So many years of checking multiple bubble watches to see if there was any chance of us sneaking in. Oh, maybe if we win out the regular season and then get hot in the BTT? But then we would lose a critical game and the hopes would be crushed. Then last year happens and we're solidly in and looking to improve our seeding in the BTT. Finally!

Well, you know the rest. Sadness.

And then Ayo and Kofi came back! And now here we are, picking out an outfit and styling our hair because we're going dancing. Oh, and we're also looking to win it all.

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#213      
If we are a one seed which means we won’t have to see Zags or Baylor before the final four. Win today and we are a one seed.
 
#215      
Rockford, Illinois
Ayo is reportedly at the shoot around with his mask on.
Ayo can be seen @:23 and :33 (with a black mask on) in that shoot around video of Jake hitting the 35 3’s in a row...
 
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#216      
I don’t know how to feel about this game. On one hand, we just creamed Michigan (who beat OSU) on their own floor. On the other hand we looked lost against the length in January and got beat badly already.
We played terrible in the first half and got down double digits. But we crushed it in the second half scoring 55 points, and it was a 2 point game with 15 seconds to go. So beat badly is not how I would characterize the game.
 
#217      
Where Ohio State fans go after the game to get obliterated and forget how the Illini crushed their bucknuts.
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#218      
Chevy Chase, Maryland
We played terrible in the first half and got down double digits. But we crushed it in the second half scoring 55 points, and it was a 2 point game with 15 seconds to go. So beat badly is not how I would characterize the game.
IIRC we just didn't show up until late in the first half, if even then. 2H was a completely different story. And, though down by nearly 20 in the first half, I recall we got to within 2 or 3 late in the game. That game and the Maryland loss were baffling.
 
#220      
In my opinion, the only reason we lost against Ohio state the first game was because we didn't keep feeding Kofi the ball! Liddell was helpless on the defensive end and was heading towards fouling out or just letting Kofi eat inside! That was on us! Zed Key is playing better but he's still not on Kofi level! If we feed Kofi today and hit our open looks outside(Ala Trent, Miller, Grandison) we'll win by a decent margin! Curbelo... so what you do and keep the turnovers low guys as a team! Feed the Beast... King Kofi! 🤴🏾 Time to rule! ILL!
 
#222      
Forgot to post that we can’t let them hit threes. OSU has good 3 pt shooters. I believe Kofi will not let EJ shoot wide open threes.
 
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