Illinois-Purdue Prediction and Prediction Standings

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...


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illiniearl wrote on February 13, 2012 at 8:02 am

Purdue 77

Illini   68

mbelcher wrote on February 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

Illinois   65

Purdue   60

geriatricillini wrote on February 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

They need to find some HEART, Tommy..I go way back and there have been so many Illini with that trait...from Dave Downey, where I start from, to Chester Frazier.. someone has always had it...sometimes more than one guy on a team did...Nick Weatherspoon, Eddie Johnson, Derek Harper, Doug Altenberger, Bruce Douglas,  Kenny Norman, Kenny Battle, Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Matt Heldman, Dee & Deron, Chester Frazier and many, many more that I don't have space to list..they sometimes weren't the best players on the floor, but they all had it, win or lose. It has been a part of Illini basketball from the beginning. You could always count on heart to be there. for the past couple or three seasons (since Chet graduated), I ain't seen it. They seem to go into a shell when things get tough. KEEP FIGHTIN', damn it! We are the FIGHTING Illini ya know. I don't think these guys have it in them. Hey fellas, take a look at history and start showing up...6 games left to prove me wrong...should I give up now or will you guys change my mind? Coaching or not, heart is YOUR respponsibility not the coach...

Boilermakers  72

Illini   70

Ok, make me look bad, I dare you guys, you can do it, fellas!!!

mvillini wrote on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

Just cant seem to fjnd a way to pull one out. Still rooting for you guys. Purdue 65, Illini 60.

Illini_Fan_78 wrote on February 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Purdue: 66

Illini: 62

illiniwood12 wrote on February 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

purdue 63

illinois 55

walker wrote on February 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

we come out of our funk


ILL  74

PURD  67

penniless wrote on February 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Weber and Painter want more "D" than "O".Boilers just came out of  shooting slump against NW.This could be the lowest score ever or in the 70s.Going with the  later..Boilers  77  Illini  76

PhiloJoe wrote on February 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Illini 80

Boliers 64

dealmaker21 wrote on February 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Illini 63

Purdue 71


Hummel is starting to hum.  Until a player on this team steps up as a leader and starts to play with a sense of urgency.we are NIT bound. 

Eric 22 wrote on February 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

After the drubbing at Purdue, I can only hope for a reversal! 

Boilers - 67,  Illini - 63

Foo_G wrote on February 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm
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If this team isn't looking for revenge after being EMBARASSED in West Lafayette on New Year's Eve, then we are strictly in a run-out-the-clock situation.  I hope that's not the case with this team.

I think our best chance is if Bruce blows his top early on and picks up a couple of T's, spending the rest of the game in the locker room.  Also, while I'm dreaming, it would be nice to see a fairly officiated game.  Those extreme unlikelihoods are what I'm basing my prediction on.


I-L-L .... I-N-I-(T)  84

Purdon't  71

JamesB wrote on February 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I'll pick us, but only because we're at home, and we are still playing hard.  Maybe some of the bad calls will go our way for a change.


Ill - 63

Purdue - 60


By the way, when's the last time we had a "laugher".  Even our wins are gut wrenching.

rtrott wrote on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Purdue 59-Illinois 55

wincer_85 wrote on February 14, 2012 at 7:02 am


We have to get some wins quick! I don't care how or against who, we just need some W's. The schedule isn't easy but is manageable. We play Purdue at home (who is nowhere near as good as they've been in previous years), at Nebraska (not easy but should be a W), at Ohio State (yikes!), followed by Iowa and Michigan at home, and end the season at Wisky. Win the home games, beat nebraska: 20 wins, .500 in big ten. Combin that with 1 win in BTT, you're almost guranteed a spot in NCAA tourny (i know we want more than just an ncaa tourny bid, but it sure beats playing in NIT.) It isn't going to be easy but it is definitely doable. It all starts Wednesday.

Purdue: 54

Illinois: 59

JoeK82 wrote on February 14, 2012 at 8:02 am



Purdue 65


buckhunter2 wrote on February 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

ILLINI     66

P-DUE    69

UIUCHoopFan wrote on February 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Close call, Illini win 64-61.  More Tyler Griffey please......and thank you!

bubba2hype wrote on February 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Purdue 68 Illinois 64

Bwp 5P wrote on February 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Illini - 65

Boilers - 62

river wrote on February 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Illinois   59

Purdue  57

smills89 wrote on February 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Illinois 66

Purdue 61

adamnolen wrote on February 15, 2012 at 7:02 am


PU- 56

Reillini wrote on February 15, 2012 at 7:02 am




illiniphil85 wrote on February 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

PU 67

UI 64

aaeismacgychel wrote on February 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

Welcome to Must Win Wednesday. Winner of this game will be on the right side of the bubble. Loser of this game will be need to make arun in the BTT to get in. Let's look at where the teams are at:

Purdue: 16-9 (6-6)
RPI: 54, SOS: 31
vKenpom t25: 0-5
vKenpom t50: 4-6
vKenpom t100: 7-7
Bad losses: N-Butler (149), A-Penn St. (123)

Remaining schedule: Need 4 wins
A-Illinois (44)
H-MSU (4)
H-Nebraska (152)
A-Michigan (23)
H-Penn St. (123)
A-Indiana (11)

Illinois: 16-9 (5-7)
RPI: 47, SOS: 15
vKenpom t25: 2-4
vKenpom t50: 4-7
vKenpom t100: 7-8
Bad losses: A-Penn St. (123)

Remaining schedule: Need 4 wins
H-Purdue (34)
A-Nebraska (152)
A-Ohio St. (1)
H-Iowa (108)
H-Michigan (23)
A-Wisconsin (5)


Each team needs 4 wins to all but be assured a spot in the tourney.  Neither team has much of any likelihood of getting to 4 wins without this game.  It's elimination night in Champaign, and here's hoping the good guys pull this one out.  My prediction:

Illinois: 68
Purdue: 63

jruss62 wrote on February 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm