Got the prediction standings updated and we have a tight race for the top spot! Six different people are within one win of each other, and the real score difference totals are insanely close. While Illini basketball might not be giving us the exciting season we were hoping for, predicting this up and down team has created an exciting finish in our standings. Let's see how things look after 22 games.
NAMEPREDICTIONWINSLOSSESRSDT*Bwp 5PIllinois 68-64157178buckhunter2Iowa 71-67157180pennilessIllinois 75-71156181geriatricilliniIowa 72-70148171Tom YoungIllinois 67-64148188dealmaker21Illinois 66-61147219bubba2hypeIowa 68-62139173JoeK82Illinois 71-67139179riverIllinois 71-65139179ReilliniIowa 68-61139184walkerIllinois 59-54139210mbelcherIllinois 73-67138156aaeismacgychelIllinois 74-68137186Paul KleeIowa 62-601210177Eric 22Illinois 68-621210222CARPETIllinois 60-57128172illiniearlIowa 72-641111319Wincer_85Iowa 70-661012229mvilliniIowa 70-66109163illiniphil85Iowa 75-71107143smills89Illinois 71-62107170Foo_GIllinois 78-5798324illiniloveDNP93120rtrottDNP810194uofiisuDNP88127gordonbacon15Illinois 73-6186157dave1956DNP8392jruss62DNP8398WLSILLINIDNP77129drcc4DNP76126illinifan1280DNP76136JamesBDNP6372oskeewowwowDNP6378illinizeemanDNP6159adamnolenDNP59107kelkaidruDNP5242UIUIlliniDNP5250indymic1956DNP4392Illini_Fan_78Iowa 62-574240PhiloJoeIllinois 69-614249tstephensDNP4265retby50DNP4138sunnyd503DNP4153illini7074DNP3462wilson577DNP3473ILLINI04DNP3237smccawDNP3247illiniartDNP3248pblilliniIowa 67-593286uswtmb47DNP3013happygilmoreDNP2336LanphierDNP2390illinois52DNP2120illiniwood12Illinois 57-532121ICB36DNP2124illini82DNP2130bumpin99DNP2140oandbDNP21133ax474DNP208berniesDNP2015cjcohenDNP2016Illinifan11_42DNP2022afanDNP2035demitrimaniscalacoDNP1351billdaveIowa 78-701251UIUCHoopFANDNP1110butkus50DNP1115beekayIowa 76-641125foreverilliniDNP1126MoillinifanIllinois 54-531127Ed Bond DNP1129bookworm24DNP1136LinerDNP100B-ILLINIDNP103CecilColemanDNP105JeremyHDNP105orangebeastIllinois 68-63106toohot4totsDNP107jimbo2009DNP108DaisyJDNP1011GWDNP1013ILL HoosierDNP1014rumbob35DNP10141 illinifanDNP1017SmittoDNP1022jrhymerDNP0224judahtomDNP017yatesDNP0113mdejde1955DNP0116nikeguy1618DNP0116cevansDNP0118IlliniExileDNP0122Chief4EvrDNP0126toddalan1975DNP0128WhoSaysDNP000
* - Real Score Difference Total
ILLINOIS 64 #13 MICHIGAN 60
It's unlikely a win will be picked up here, but here's to thinking the Illini play a little looser on Thursday. It may not have been as big a win as Ohio State or Michigan State, but this team desperately needed a victory of some kind after losing nine of ten. It wasn't by any means a perfect game, but it was nice to see Illini play hard and get back to winning on their home floor. I'm hoping that effort, along with the win over Iowa, gives this team a confidence boost that they haven't had for a while and allows them to finish the season strong. Their tournament chances are pretty bleak, but they aren't by any means eliminated. Another top 25 victory and you never know what the brackatology fatheads will do. Get to 20 wins overall and they might find a way to sneak in. I'm probably getting ahead of myself here, so let's just focus on the Wolverines.
What do you guys think? Do the Illini make it two in a row at home or is it back to their losing ways? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Talk to you after Thursday.