Rough times for Illini Basketball.
Illinois has lost six of their last seven games and inconsistency is a big issue. The only thing that seems consistent is Brandon Paul being around 20 points and Brandon Paul turning the ball over. It was nice to see Tyler Griffey put up 18 yesterday, but this team needs the other surprise to regain his out of the closet form. Joseph Bertrand needs to become a factor on offense again with his penetration and short jumpers. When he's rollin', this is a much better team. The also need Meyers Leonard to stay on the floor. "NBA talent" is nice, but it doesn't do you any good sitting on the bench. The regulars need to be more regular.
Looking at the prediction standings after 18 games, things are still close and up for grabs. Should be an exciting finish as we still have a number of games to go. Let's see how things stack up.
NAMEPREDICTIONWINSLOSSESRSDT*buckhunter2Michigan 75-67135133Bwp 5PMichigan 78-68135135pennilessMichigan 79-75125132bubba2hypeMichigan 73-65117123ReilliniMichigan 75-62117129geriatricilliniMichigan 63-57117132Paul KleeMichigan 66-61117132JoeK82Michigan 69-61117133riverIllinois 64-61117138Tom YoungMichigan 72-64117150walkerIllinois 59-55117164mbelcherMichigan 77-71116114aaeismacgychelMichigan 58-52115119CARPETMichigan 64-57107130dealmaker21Michigan 77-62107184Wincer_85Illinois 68-6499169Eric 22Michigan 74-6799170illiniearlMichigan 75-6399249smills89DNP96158illiniloveMichigan 82-7293120uofiisuDNP88127mvilliniMichigan 77-6788139illiniphil85Michigan 74-698587dave1956DNP8392rtrottIllinois 67-60710193illinifan1280DNP76136gordonbacon15DNP76156Foo_GIllinois 74-7276258drcc4DNP75107jruss62Michigan 77-627396WLSILLINIMichigan 79-6966101oskeewowwowDNP6378JamesBMichigan 78-716136illinizeemanDNP6159adamnolenIllinois 68-6758101kelkaidruDNP5242UIUIlliniDNP5250indymic1956DNP4392tstephensDNP4265retby50DNP4138sunnyd503DNP4153illini7074DNP3462wilson577DNP3473ILLINI04DNP3237smccawDNP3247illiniartDNP3248uswtmb47Michigan 78-653013happygilmoreDNP2336LanphierDNP2390Illini_Fan_78Michigan 74-622118illinois52DNP2120PhiloJoeDNP2121ICB36DNP2124illini82DNP2130bumpin99DNP2140pblilliniDNP2155oandbDNP21133ax474DNP208berniesDNP2015cjcohenDNP2016Illinifan11_42DNP2022afanDNP2035demitrimaniscalacoDNP1351butkus50DNP1115foreverilliniDNP1126Ed Bond DNP1129bookworm24DNP1136B-ILLINIDNP103JeremyHDNP105CecilColemanDNP105toohot4totsDNP107jimbo2009DNP108DaisyJDNP1011GWDNP1013ILL HoosierDNP1014rumbob35DNP10141 illinifanDNP1017SmittoDNP1022jrhymerDNP0224judahtomDNP017illiniwood12DNP0111yatesDNP0113nikeguy1618DNP0116mdejde1955DNP0116cevansDNP0118IlliniExileDNP0122toddalan1975DNP0128WhoSaysDNP000
* - Real Score Difference Total
ILLINOIS 69 PURDUE 67
The main factor in this game should be anger; anger with what happened to end 2011. Illinois made Purdue look like national title contender back in late December, and the Boilers are far from that. This is a must win. It's a game that could determine how this team finishes this season. I like to think that this team realized the importance of this game and they will be up to the task on Wednesday. That's why I give them the edge. Sloppiness will keep it close, but I'm hoping the Illini will show that will to win.
What do you guys think? Will it be the House of Paign or the House of Shame? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Also, what do you guys think the Illini need to do to finish the season strong? Before answering, realize that Weber is here for the rest of the season. Firing Weber isn't something that will be thought about until the season ends, so firing Weber isn't a plausible answer to this question (sorry...).
Talk to you guys after Wednesday...