IU thoughts, standings, & Iowa predictions

IU thoughts, standings, & Iowa predictions

Blog PhotoTom Crean still doesn’t understand the meaning of suits and sneakers, but today he gets to say “Hoosier daddy?” with a crooked smile on his face.

I don’t have much to say about this one because (1) the losses are starting to blend together and (2) I was busy working on my Royal Rumble draft during the game.  I will say, though, that it was nice to see Ray Rice rebound nicely, but if the Illini want to win on the road in the Big Ten, it can’t be just him.  My point earlier about Assembly Hall being a vicious place to play held true as well, as it appeared some Illini shots were rushed in the heat of the moment.

Time to head from the head guy...

Blog PhotoLooking at the standings, we saw another great round of picks from you all.  Mike Goebel and Green Shirt take top honors.  Overall, walker remains in first place, and Green Shirt has pulled into a tie for second.  Our overall number of pickers has remained steady over the past few games, so tell your friends to get in on the fun!

Next up, the squak…I mean Hawkeyes…

Blog PhotoAfter I gave my not so nice assessment of Iowa last year, I quickly got an e-mail from a passionate Hawkeye fan who told me I had Fran McCaffery confused with Todd Lickliter.  And this year’s Iowa squad is proving that person right.  Fran has the program trending up, with even national names like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, and Seth Greenberg in recent days saying that the Hawks have what it takes to reach the Final Four.  I could highlight individuals, but overall this team excels in many facets of the game.  They like to run and wear you out, which is very un-B1G-like.  They get to the line often, and their studs do much of their scoring in the second half.  So if you find yourself behind early, get comfortable there.  Heck, they may be just as a complete team as Wisconsin, who I highlighted earlier as my B1G favorite.  Gah, I can’t believe I just gushed like that about my least favorite team.

My prediction:  Iowa 75, Illinois 59

While we’re at it, let’s hear your Superbowl picks.  Mine:  Denver 31, Seattle 20

Other notes

  • If you tuned in to some WDWS newscasts this week, you know the city of Champaign changed the rules regarding its honorary street program.  One of them included no more renewals of designations.  That means, among others, Honorary Lou Henson Court will be no more come this this time next year.  Honorary Illini Boulevard will be gone by 2020.  And Honorary Dike Eddleman Way is toast come 2022.  So snap your photos now.
  • Speaking of guys with honorary streets, I’ve made it my mission to get Loren Tate tweeting again.  Drop him a line and encourage him, will ya?   And follow him too.  Regardless of your opinion of the guy, his 140 character thoughts will surely provide much-needed entertainment in these cold winter days.


Coming up Saturday:  Iowa thoughts, standings, & Wisconsin predictions

[Fran photo via blackheartandgoldpants.com]


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illinibadger wrote on January 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

tUI 80, UIUC 68

Bwp 5P wrote on January 27, 2014 at 8:01 am

Hawkeyes 78

Illini 66



ehsfan wrote on January 27, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Hardly worth bothering anymore. Just have to guess how much we lose by to the next opponent.


I'll go with Iowa 72 Illini 54

stumblefoot wrote on January 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

The Hawks overlook the Illini and suffer a crushing defeat to the Big Ten title hopes.

ILL - 71

IOWA - 68

Mike Goebel wrote on January 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Too deep. Too talented.

Iowa 78, Illinois 65

illiniearl wrote on January 29, 2014 at 4:01 am

Call me cra-zee, but I think the Illini will be in beast mode like my Seahawks.  Iowa is drained after their loss to MSU:

Illini 66

Iowa 59


Seahawks:  35   Broncos: 30

Green Shirt wrote on January 29, 2014 at 7:01 am

Iowa         70

Illinois       58

walker wrote on January 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

IOWA  77   ILL  67

Railsplitter wrote on January 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

Iowa 74   Illinois 70

buckhunter2 wrote on January 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm


IOWA   70



DENVER  34     /     SEATTLE  27

mvillini wrote on January 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm

  This is getting pretty old, but really see no end in sight.Two or three(??) more wins this year might be a stretch.Hawkeyes 62, Illini 50. Come on,guys -- SCORE !!

mbelcher wrote on January 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Illinois. 73
Iowa. 70

teachdacc wrote on January 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Iowa 74 ILLINI 62

Bob Patterson wrote on February 01, 2014 at 12:02 am
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Iowa 78

Illinois 63

conner34 wrote on February 01, 2014 at 1:02 am

Illini 67

Iowa 82

mbelcher wrote on February 01, 2014 at 9:02 am

Illinois 70

Iowa 67

jruss62 wrote on February 01, 2014 at 11:02 am




touchdown_illinois wrote on February 01, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Squakeyes 67

Illini 58


BleedOandB wrote on February 01, 2014 at 12:02 pm

In a good mood today, lets see if it continues. 

Ill 73

iowa 70


IndianaBill wrote on February 01, 2014 at 6:02 pm

illini  79    aoiw 72