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RINO Tom
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« on: October 23, 2019, 01:24:25 pm »

Very pumped for the Illini.
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 03:10:36 pm »

^ We're beatin' 'Zona. Cool
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2019, 01:21:13 pm »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
#24 Auburn vs. Davidson (Annapolis, MD)
Illinois-Chicago at #14 Memphis
Vermont at St. Bonaventure
Akron at West Virginia
ILLINOIS at Grand Canyon
Bowling Green at #22 LSU
Northern Kentucky at Missouri
UNC-Greensboro at #3 Kansas
#16 Baylor vs. Washington (Anchorage, AK)
Arizona State vs. Colorado (Shanghai, China)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th
Oklahoma vs. Minnesota (Sioux Falls, SD)
San Diego State at BYU
#24 Iowa State at Oregon State
NJIT at Providence
Texas at #23 Purdue
UC-Irvine at Pepperdine
Tulsa at UT-Arlington
Rhode Island at #7 Maryland
Boise State at #15 Oregon

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
Boston College at South Florida
Florida State at #6 Florida
Columbia at Wake Forest
Colgate at Clemson
UC-Santa Barbara at UCLA
ILLINOIS at #21 Arizona
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2019, 10:43:06 am »

Yikes, Illinois.  I’m hoping this is a blessing-in-disguise wake up call before heading out west.  Effort like that at Grand Canyon (I’ve read that place is a very intense gym), and we lose!
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 10:33:18 am »

Switching my Sunday picks to Florida, Wake and Arizona after some very basic re evaluation. Shameful selections!

You’ll see!
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2019, 03:15:46 pm »

Switching my Sunday picks to Florida, Wake and Arizona after some very basic re evaluation. Shameful selections!

You’ll see!

Nevermind ... lol.  I actually still feel good about Illinois.  I think Arizona could be a top ten team by the time their freshman studs continue to develop.  On to the next one!
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2019, 08:49:32 pm »

You got this, Evansville!
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2019, 02:09:58 pm »

Friday, November 15
Radford @ Georgia Southern – 6pm – ESPN+
West Virginia @ Pitt – 6pm – ESPNU
Alabama @ Rhode Island – 6:30pm – NCBSN
#8 Gonzaga @ Texas A&M – 8pm – SECN
UC Irvine @ Boise State – 8pm
BYU @ Houston – 8pm – ESPNU
Minnesota @ Utah – 8pm – Pac12
Cal Baptist @ Cal – 9pm
UNLV @ UCLA – 10pm – Pac12

Saturday, November 16
Old Dominion @ Northeastern – 12pm
Belmont @ Boston College – 1pm – ACCN
Washington @ Tennessee – 4pm – ESPN+
Louisiana Tech @ Creighton – 5pm – FS2
Kent State @ Wright State – 6pm – ESPN3
UIC @ Bradley – 7pm – ESPN3
Wofford @ Butler – 7pm – FS2
Santa Clara @ Stanford – 9pm
Southern Cal @ Nevada – 10pm – CBSSN

Sunday, November 17
Marquette @ Wisconsin – 12pm – FS1
New Mexico State @ #21 Arizona – 1pm – Pac12
#6 Florida @ UConn – 2pm ESPN
#12 Seton Hall @ Saint Louis – 3pm – ESPNU
Ball State @ Indiana State – 3:30pm – ESPN3
Rider @ Arizona State – 5pm – Pac12
UT-Arlington @ #15 Oregon – 7pm – Pac12
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2019, 05:09:25 pm »

LSU vs Utah State
George Mason @ Maryland
Radford @ Bradley Smiley  Go, BU!
Wake Forest vs Davidson
Bowling Green vs Western Kentucky
Houston @ Oregon
South Dakota @ Arkansas
Temple @ USC

Bucknell @ Syracuse
DePaul @ Boston College Smiley Woohoo, I'm a student again!
Yale @ Penn State
Ole Miss @ Memphis
Little Rock @ NC State
Charleston @ UCF
Arizona State vs St. John's
Oral Roberts @ Wichita State
Penn @ Providence
Belmont @ St. Louis
Rider vs Columbia
Sam Houston State @ San Francisco
SMU @ UNLV

LSU vs Rhode Island
Akron @ Louisville
TCU vs Clemson
San Diego @ Washington
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2019, 05:38:12 pm »

^ Lost faith in our coaching staff last night ... WTF was that effort coming out of the gate in the first half?!  All the comeback does is show us how talented we are and how good we should be ... also that last play was just pathetic.  That's what we had drawn up?

This team has the pieces, but I am - for the first time - not sold on Underwood being a good hire at all.
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2019, 05:46:50 pm »

FRIDAY 12/6
#10 Duke at Virginia Tech
Providence at Rhode Island
USC at TCU

SATURDAY 12/7
#12 Arizona at #18 Baylor
Penn State at #10 Ohio State
#17 Florida at #24 Butler
Syracuse at Georgia Tech
West Virginia at St. John’s
NC State at Wake Forest
Davidson at Northeastern
Indiana at Wisconsin
Illinois at #3 Maryland Sad
Cincinnati at Xavier
#20 Colorado at #2 Kansas
Arkansas at Western Kentucky
Missouri at Temple
Marquette at Kansas State
Georgetown at SMU

SUNDAY 12/8
Houston at South Carolina
Wichita State at Oklahoma State
#7 North Carolina at #5 Virginia
Dayton vs. Saint Mary’s
Louisiana Tech at Sam Houston State
#9 Gonzaga at #23 Washington
#16 Seton Hall at Iowa State
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2019, 03:20:24 pm »

FRIDAY 12/13
#24 Colorado at Colorado State
Nebraska at Indiana

SATURDAY 12/14
Kansas State vs. Mississippi State (Newark, NJ)
#10 Oregon at #5 Michigan
Syracuse at Georgetown
Alabama at Penn State
Illinois-Chicago at DePaul
#13 Memphis at #19 Tennessee
UCLA at Notre Dame
Saint Louis at #12 Auburn (Birmingham, AL) *puke*
#22 Seton Hall at Rutgers
#23 Xavier at Wake Forest
Oklahoma at Wichita State
New Mexico State at New Mexico
Georgia at Arizona State
Liberty at Vanderbilt
Utah State vs. BYU (Salt Lake City, UT)
#6 Gonzaga at #15 Arizona

SUNDAY 12/8
NC State at UNC-Greensboro
Oklahoma State at Houston
Wofford at #17 North Carolina
South Carolina at Clemson
Georgia Southern at Bradley
#3 Ohio State at Minnesota
Missouri State at VCU
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2019, 03:38:47 pm »

I-L-L!
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2019, 02:17:37 pm »

This Michigan game!
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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2019, 02:56:02 pm »

Penn State in the top 25.  Kind of bummed the Illini don't even have a vote in the AP Poll yet (we do have some in the Coaches' Poll), but I guess it's understandable.  Just keep winnin'. Smiley

On a side note, even though it is for some inexplicable reason on the SEC Network this year, Illinois-Missouri is this Saturday in St. Louis.  To my knowledge, it's one of the very few rivalries in college basketball that uses a Texas-Oklahoma or Florida-Georgia setup with the crowd split 50/50.  It has lost a BIT of its appeal over the last several years, but it is routinely one of my favorite sporting events of the year, and it is a truly unique atmosphere.  I must admit, it's often my "super bowl" of the non-conference, and I'd say it's very likely Missouri is our "biggest rival."
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2019, 12:28:27 pm »

A hilarious look at the Big Ten standings right now (after conference record, I sorted by AP ranking, overall record and then alphabetically):

#15 Michigan State: 1-0 (7-3)

#5 Ohio State: 1-1 (9-1)
#7 Maryland: 1-1 (10-1)
#14 Michigan: 1-1 (8-3)
#23 Penn State: 1-1 (9-2)
Indiana: 1-1 (10-1)
Illinois: 1-1 (8-3)
Iowa: 1-1 (8-3)
Rutgers: 1-1 (8-3)
Purdue: 1-1 (6-4)
Minnesota: 1-1 (5-5)
Wisconsin: 1-1 (5-5)
Nebraska: 1-1 (5-6)

Northwestern: 0-1 (5-4)

No home team has lost a game yet, though I predict that streak to come to an end on Wednesday when MSU visits Northwestern, but ... honestly, who knows??  That game wraps up Big Ten play until the new year, and it would be absolutely hilarious to have every single team tied at 1-1, haha.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2019, 10:54:56 pm »

I knew I forgot something today ... damn.

FRIDAY 12/20
SMU at Georgia
Northern Colorado at South Dakota

SATURDAY 12/21
#1 Kansas at #18 Villanova
Indiana vs. Notre Dame (Indianapolis, IN)
VCU at Wichita State
ILLINOIS vs. Missouri (St. Louis, MO) ... braggin' rights are our birth right.
Texas at Providence
Purdue vs. #17 Butler (Indianapolis, IN)
Utah State vs. Florida (Sunrise, FL)
Belmont vs. Alabama (Huntsville, AL)
#5 Ohio State vs. #6 Kentucky (Paradise, NV)
Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State (Tulsa, OK)
#13 Dayton vs. Colorado (Chicago, IL)
Saint Louis vs. Kansas State (Kansas City, MO)
Creighton at Arizona State
Cincinnati vs. Iowa (Chicago, IL)
LSU vs. USC (Los Angeles, CA)
St. John’s vs. #16 Arizona (San Francisco, CA)
Saint Mary’s vs. Nevada (San Francisco, CA)

SUNDAY 12/22
Davidson at Loyola-Chicago
Yale at Clemson
Xavier at TCU      
Georgia Tech vs. Boise State (Honolulu, HI)
Ball State vs. #22 Washington (Honolulu, HI)
UTEP at Hawaii
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2020, 12:35:12 am »

Since I’m reduced to random comments due to missing some weeks ... I-L-L!  Massive win tonight.
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« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2020, 12:12:07 pm »

I saw somewhere that Big Ten home teams are still 37-6 at home, and one third of those losses are from Northwestern, haha.  So, the other 13 teams are 36-4 in B1G play, with these being the only road victories:

Illinois winning at Wisconsin
Rutgers winning at Nebraska
Wisconsin winning at #5 Ohio State
Wisconsin winning at #20 Penn State

Ironically, those three teams (UI, RU and UW) are tied for second place, one game out of first right now. Smiley  Though Big Ten fans are obviously the best in the nation in my mind (I believe we've led the nation in attendance for like 40 straight years?), this stat is likely - and unfortunately - indicative of how absolutely atrocious the refereeing has been in favor of home teams.
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« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2020, 09:44:58 pm »

Come at us, Big Ten.
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« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2020, 11:51:28 am »

So sad I can’t make it back “home” to Iowa City to go to the Illinois/Iowa game with some friends, but I have an exam on Monday and wouldn’t want to be driving during the Super Bowl.  If it were Saturday, I’d think about it.  It’s hard to believe Illinois could be playing for EIGHT in a row in this year’s Big Ten, assuming they can take care of business vs. Minnesota at home.  Iowa is super tough when they’re hitting threes.
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« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2020, 12:20:29 pm »

My girlfriend and I are driving down Friday morning to Champaign for the battle for first place!!
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« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2020, 12:51:55 pm »

Just had to watch Illinois’ season end. After storming back from down 20 in the second half, Illinois drives up the floor with 6 seconds and down 1. Our best player is about to take a shot to win the game, and blows out his knee slipping on a wet spot on the floor. Likely ACL tear.

Sports pain me.

P.s. changing my pick above to Rutgers. No way Illinois can beat Rutgers without Ayo.

That ending took a LOT out of me last night.  Sports can be cruel.  Praying for Ayo; that kid has such a bright future. Sad
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