There isn't much to say.
Everything you can say about last night's game has already been said about a thousand times. It's a struggling team searching for any bit of good news. Unfortunately for them, their plane took them to Columbus, Ohio to play a revenge seeking top ten team. The best case scenario would have been for Illinois to come of out the gate with some energy and fight, but it was the Buckeyes who got the daggers out early. The Illini started so flat that not even a wonder bra could have lifted them up. Mentally, Illinois lost this game before the tip. Hard to believe, but it has now been nine losses in the last ten games, and the men's team has the exact same conference record as the women's team (5-10).
I've updated the prediction standings. I know it's tough to continue predicting when the team you love isn't playing all that great, but the standings remain close. Here's how things look after 21 games.
NAMEPREDICTIONWINSLOSSESRSDT*buckhunter2Ohio State 79-63156165geriatricilliniOhio State 73-56147158Bwp 5POhio State 78-62147171pennilessOhio State 83-62146174bubba2hypeOhio State 74-62138156ReilliniOhio State 86-62138166Tom YoungOhio State 80-65138180dealmaker21Ohio State 90-62137213Paul KleeOhio State 80-63129164JoeK82Ohio State 83-65129172riverOhio State 78-60129174walkerOhio State 76-61129204mbelcherOhio State 79-64128151aaeismacgychelOhio State 80-58127181Eric 22Ohio State 78-681110217illiniearlOhio State 77-521110300Wincer_85Ohio State 71-611011214mvilliniOhio State 75-50108148CARPETDNP108158illiniphil85Ohio State 73-68106128smills89DNP97168illiniloveDNP93120rtrottDNP810194uofiisuDNP88127Foo_GIllinois 58-5388314dave1956DNP8392jruss62DNP8398WLSILLINIDNP77129drcc4Illinois 75-7276126illinifan1280DNP76136gordonbacon15DNP76156JamesBDNP6372oskeewowwowDNP6378illinizeemanDNP6159adamnolenDNP59107kelkaidruDNP5242UIUIlliniDNP5250indymic1956DNP4392tstephensDNP4265Illini_Fan_78Ohio State 85-654124retby50DNP4138sunnyd503DNP4153illini7074DNP3462wilson577DNP3473ILLINI04DNP3237PhiloJoeOhio State 72-603246smccawDNP3247illiniartDNP3248pblilliniOhio State 71-673167uswtmb47DNP3013happygilmoreDNP2336LanphierDNP2390illinois52DNP2120ICB36DNP2124illini82DNP2130bumpin99DNP2140oandbDNP21133ax474DNP208berniesDNP2015cjcohenDNP2016Illinifan11_42DNP2022afanDNP2035demitrimaniscalacoDNP1351UIUCHoopFANOhio State 80-621110illiniwood12DNP1114butkus50DNP1115foreverilliniDNP1126Ed Bond DNP1129billdaveOhio State 69-521132bookworm24DNP1136LinerOhio State 75-59100beekayOhio State 84-66102B-ILLINIDNP103CecilColemanDNP105JeremyHDNP105toohot4totsDNP107jimbo2009DNP108DaisyJDNP1011GWDNP1013ILL HoosierDNP1014rumbob35DNP10141 illinifanDNP1017SmittoDNP1022jrhymerDNP0224judahtomDNP017yatesDNP0113mdejde1955DNP0116nikeguy1618DNP0116MoillinifanIllinois 75-740117cevansDNP0118IlliniExileDNP0122Chief4EvrDNP0126toddalan1975DNP0128WhoSaysDNP000
* - Real Score Difference Total
Looking ahead to Sunday...
ILLINOIS 67 IOWA 64
It's obvious that this team couldn't look any worse. It's obvious that some people out there really dislike Weber and would enjoy continued failure if it meant a new coach was the result. However, it's obvious that this team has some talented players and at some point that talent will once again shine through. This is a team searching for something positive to latch on to, and I feel Sunday will be just that. Iowa has had an alright season for their standards, but here's hoping Illini Nation offers positive support at Assembly Hall this weekend.
I want to see this team win. I would like to see Weber keep his job because that means things are going well. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it. I don't care who coaches or who plays, I will always root for wins and support whoever is involved with the program. Since Bruce Weber is the coach, I am a Bruce Weber supporter until Mike Thomas decides otherwise. If he decides to pursue a new head coach, then I will support whomever it is he hires, even if it is someone I've never heard of. I may not be the biggest fan, but I am an Illini “fan”. That's why I say “Go Illini!” and “Go Bruce Weber!” I bet that sounds like nails on a chalkboard to some people.
What do you guys think? Do the Illini give the fans a reason to smile again or do the chalk up another one in the loss column? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Talk to you guys after Sunday's game.