It's amazing what us Illini fans have experienced during this school year. We saw a football team start 6-0, only to seemingly forget how to score and finish the season 0-6 before getting a bowl win. After football, we had a basketball team off to a strong start and nationally ranked playing for NCAA tournament positioning. All of a sudden, they can't do anything right and now it makes you wonder if they will win again this season.
The lowest of the low... For football, it was the loss @ Minnesota, where the Illini played what should have been an inferior team and just didn't show up. For basketball, it was Saturday, when Illinois traveled to Nebraska to play them in something that wasn't football. We don't need to talk about that again.
Football was able to at least end the season on a positive note with a bowl win against UCLA. They got roughly a month off and that probably allowed them to forget all the negative they ended the season with. Basketball, however, doesn't get a month off. They only get a few days at a time. They will go into the next game more than likely with the previous game on their minds.
The question becomes, can Illinois find a way to salvage this season like the football team did? Despite this slide, Illinois could amazingly still make the tournament with a good finish. All I know that it's going to take a strong finish to get the fans back on board because a chunk of them have probably given up on this team.
Got the standings updated. Thanks to the last two losses on games that could have been wins, a lot of losses were racked up by all who predicted. Let's see how things look after 20 games...
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* - Real Score Difference Total
Looking ahead to Tuesday.....
#6 OHIO STATE 80 ILLINOIS 65
Illinois for the most part has played to the level of their competition this season, but after the loss at Nebraska, I don't know if they will able to play at a high level the rest of the way. It all comes down to how mentally tough the kids are. How will they handle this situation? Unfortunately, I think the mentality is one of the biggest weaknesses of this team. They seem to get down on themselves quickly. In this case, hanging your head might be a good thing. It will keep you from looking up at the scoreboard.
What do you guys think? Will Illinois once again shock the world with an improbable win, of do the Buckeyes take care of business. Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below.
Also, at this point, which collapse do you think was worse? Football or Basketball? Why was it worse? Were you expecting either collapse or did they catch you by surprise? I curious to see what you guys say.
I'm currently working on the prediction standings. I hope to have them up some point this morning, but no guarantees. Once they are finished I will throw them up here for you to check out. Talk to you guys after Tuesday.