Prediction Standings and Illinois-Northwestern Predictions

Unbelievable!

Even though I thought it was improbable, I thought the Illini could beat Michigan State with a well played offensive game. Who would have thought that 42 points would be enough to win it? Both team struggled when they had the ball in their hands, but give credit to the defenses. Michigan State made things tough for Illinois, while the Illini were able to hold down a team that averaged around 77 points a game. I can't remember who it was on HQ that said it but I totally agree: scoring 42 and winning is better than scoring 92 and losing.

After 15 games, the prediction standings are like the team we follow. It's all over the place. Since Illinois has been so hard to predict, there have been a lot of losses. Only five people have correctly predicted 10+ games. With Illinois playing a lot of close games (ten of last eleven games decided by five points or less), you never know who's going to win. Let's see how things look after last night's big win!

 

NAMEPREDICTIONWINSLOSSESRSDT*buckhunter2Illinois 69-66114114Bwp 5PIllinois 68-65114119riverIllinois 62-59105103walkerIllinois 68-60105120pennilessMichigan St. 69-68104109Paul KleeIllinois 63-6296102bubba2hypeMichigan St. 72-6496112ReilliniMichigan St. 71-6196113geriatricilliniIllinois 66-6396114JoeK82Illinois 68-6596114Wincer_85Illinois 74-6996129Tom YoungIllinois 70-6996138dealmaker21Michigan St. 64-5696167mbelcherIllinois 68-659593aaeismacgychelIllinois 76-729494smills89Illinois 68-6694126uofiisuIllinois 72-7086102CARPETMichigan St. 71-6486119dave1956DNP8392Eric 22Michigan St. 69-6378147illiniearlMichigan St. 73-6478225rtrottMichigan St. 68-6477145illinifan1280DNP76136drcc4DNP75107gordonbacon15Illinois 69-6874118illiniloveMichigan St. 71-587297mvilliniMichigan St. 73-6367128illiniphil85Michigan St. 72-686466Foo_GIllinois 72-6764113oskeewowwowDNP6378jruss62DNP6390illinizeemanDNP6159UIUIlliniDNP5250adamnolenIllinois 66-654670WLSILLINIMichigan St. 71-594588indymic1956DNP4392tstephensDNP4265JamesBIllinois 68-654133kelkaidruMichigan St. 73-644133retby50DNP4138sunnyd503DNP4153illini7074DNP3462wilson577DNP3473ILLINI04DNP3237smccawDNP3247illiniartDNP3248happygilmoreDNP2336LanphierDNP2390illinois52DNP2120ICB36DNP2124illini82DNP2130bumpin99DNP2140pblilliniDNP2155oandbDNP21133ax474DNP208berniesDNP2015cjcohenDNP2016Illinifan11_42DNP2022afanDNP2035butkus50Michigan St. 73-591115Illini_Fan_78Michigan St. 80-671115PhiloJoeDNP1115demitrimaniscalacoDNP1122foreverilliniDNP1126bookworm24DNP1136uswtmb47DNP102B-ILLINIDNP103Ed Bond DNP105JeremyHDNP105jimbo2009DNP108DaisyJDNP1011GWDNP1013ILL HoosierDNP1014rumbob35DNP10141 illinifanDNP1017SmittoDNP1022jrhymerDNP0224judahtomDNP017yatesDNP0113nikeguy1618DNP0116cevansDNP0118IlliniExileDNP0122toddalan1975DNP0128WhoSaysDNP000

* - Real Score Difference Total

 

Looking ahead to Sunday...

MY PREDICTION

ILLINOIS 61        NORTHWESTERN 57

One thing we have learned about this team is that they play better when people seem to forget about them. The get a big win against Gonzaga and get ranked, only to lose to UNLV and Purdue and fall out of the top 25. They get a big win against Ohio State to get back in the top 25, only to loss to Penn State and Minnesota and once again fall out. Now they are on the heels of another big win. Once again, people are looking at Illinois and thinking of their big wins this season. How will they respond???

Illinois only needs four more wins to get to that magic number of 20 and they have plenty of games left to do it. The problem is those games coming up are incredibly difficult. With nine conference games left, five are against teams that are currently ranked. It will not be easy finding four wins, but if they are able to get it done, they will deserve that trip to the NCAA tournament.

This is one of their best chances to pick up one of those wins, so they must get it done. However, it's been these types of games that have proven difficult. When you play to the level of your competition, it makes games like last night fun, but it makes games like Sunday's potentially frustrating. Let's hope this time around the Illini can build off of a huge win and not neutralize it.

What do you guys think? Do the Illini make it a two win week, or do the we get nipped by the Cats? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Talk to you guys after Sunday.

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mbelcher wrote on February 01, 2012 at 8:02 am

Illinois 68


Northwestern 62

uofiisu wrote on February 01, 2012 at 8:02 am

Illinois 63


Northwestern 58

Bwp 5P wrote on February 01, 2012 at 9:02 am

Illini 68

Wildcats 60

illiniwood12 wrote on February 01, 2012 at 12:02 pm

illini - 58

wildcats - 51

Eric 22 wrote on February 01, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I have lost 5 games in a row predicting, it is time to get back on track.....

ILL- 72, Tame Kittens - 63

mvillini wrote on February 01, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Still can't believe what I saw -- incredible win !!! very ugly, but i win is a win, Will pick up a lot of fans with more efforts like that. hang in there guys !!  Illini 60 , Wildcats 55. Go Illini !

bubba2hype wrote on February 01, 2012 at 3:02 pm

 Illinois 65 Northwestern 61

JoeK82 wrote on February 01, 2012 at 3:02 pm

 


ILLINI 65


Wildcats 59 

penniless wrote on February 01, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Not even close.A double digit win.Illini   77   Pussey Cats  63. Illini 78% FTs,55% shooting,plus 7 on RBs and 8TOs.So sorry NW you missed again.

illiniearl wrote on February 01, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Northwestern  66


Illini     58

dealmaker21 wrote on February 01, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Illini  62

NW  55

 

Cats always have a tought time in the House of Paign.

smills89 wrote on February 01, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Illinois 73

Northwestern 60

river wrote on February 02, 2012 at 10:02 am

Illini      69

NW      61

gordonbacon15 wrote on February 02, 2012 at 11:02 am

CHICAGO'S B1G TEAM- 73

Northwestern- 58

kelkaidru wrote on February 02, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Illini 69

NW 65

demitrimaniscalaco wrote on February 03, 2012 at 8:02 am

Illinois 68

Northwestern 61

Foo_G wrote on February 03, 2012 at 11:02 am
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ILLINI   110

Northwestern   -7

 

(You know us crazy Illini fans, always with the "unrealistic" expectations.)

wincer_85 wrote on February 03, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I like Foo-G's score. I thought we played good defense against Michigan State giving up 41. Put giving up -7 points northwestern is taking it another level! haha

This is shaping up to be a huge week for us. Beating a top 10  team at home and, more importantly, having a 2-win week in the big ten. I am not sure how many teams are going to be able to do that from here on out as balanced as the conference is. We HAVE to take care of business on superbowl sunday. I think the team learned its lesson after the Ohio State win and then losing 3 in a row.

Gotta guard Northwestern's 3-pointers and the rest should take care of itself if we play hard. And we play a game that is decided by more than 5 points!

Northwestern: 55

Illinois: 63

 

Foo_G wrote on February 04, 2012 at 12:02 am
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I thought the harder part of that would be the Illini scoring 110.

wincer_85 wrote on February 04, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Good call, Foo_g. haha. Meyers and Paul are both going to have to score 43 for us to score 110.

buckhunter2 wrote on February 04, 2012 at 6:02 am

ILLINI    59

NW       51

 

rtrott wrote on February 04, 2012 at 7:02 am

Illinois 67-Northwestern 57

Reillini wrote on February 04, 2012 at 12:02 pm

INI

Illini-62

Cats-54

Illini step it up for another must win at home. Play with a Basketball with the correct amount of air should really help.By the way I was at the MSU game congrats to the crowd they were awesome. The Blue out maybe not so much but it was for a good cause,

As Always Go Illini

illiniphil85 wrote on February 04, 2012 at 12:02 pm

UI 63

Purple Kitties 60

walker wrote on February 04, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Illinois  69   NU  58

aaeismacgychel wrote on February 05, 2012 at 12:02 am

Hopefully this game is a little easier on the nerves than the last few, but Northwestern always tends to get up for games against us and I expect a hard-fought game from them.  If Illinois can take advantage of Meyers Leonard inside, have Brandon and Joseph penetrate inside, and guard the three like it's their business, they should take this one.  After the very good defensive performance against MSU, I do worry about a lapse into some bad habits with not challenging 3 point shooters.  That can be deadly against Northwestern.  Hopefully Illinois plays hard and with effort and if they do that, they should take this one.  In a higher scoring game than I've recently predicted:

Illinois: 72
Northwestern: 64

adamnolen wrote on February 05, 2012 at 8:02 am

ILL-70

NU-63

geriatricillini wrote on February 05, 2012 at 8:02 am

Wildcats  61

Illini  68

illinilove wrote on February 05, 2012 at 9:02 am

ini......

illinois 65

Northwestern 59