MSU thoughts, standings, & OSU predictions

MSU thoughts, standings, & OSU predictions

I know we’re out of college football season, but I can't resist a football movie reference:  an Illini win right now is tougher to find than Ray Finkle…

Blog PhotoI thought the Illini played decent tonight, and the game was within reach til the final couple minutes.  But it was clear midway through the second half that this was MSU’s game.  Their studs shot, rebounded, and distributed well, and the Sparty defense caused the O & B to settle for low-caliber shots.  I'm sure the “bench Egwu” train will pick up a few more passengers after this one, and to be honest I’m torn on the matter.  A part of me thinks Morgan needs a bit more development, and a part of me wonders how long a leash Nnanna has.  Coach Groce in recent days has implied that he’s going to stick with his starter.  If you’ve got an opinion on the matter, leave it in a comment.

Speaking of the jacket-launcher, he recapped the good and bad afterwards…

To the standings…

Blog PhotoLots of good picks this game, highlighted by ehsfan who hit the margin of victory on the nose.  And all but three of you correctly picked the victor.  Overall, walker remains in first place, and Green Shirt has pulled into a tie for second.  Plenty of others are within striking distance as well.  Our one new picker this week was a familiar face – Bwp 5P – with a nice gimmick pick that yielded a triple digit RSDT.

And the gauntlet continues…

Blog PhotoIf there was a good time to catch the Buckeyes, it’s now, with the squad having lost three straight (with Nebraska next) and going through an offensive identity crisis.  Turnovers have been an issue lately, as well.  So I’d expect a lot of pressure defense from the Illini next week.  Despite the offensive woes, you do have to keep an eye on Aaron Craft at all times (he’s one of those squirrelly guys you just love to hate, right?), and Sam Thompson is always good for a highlight reel dunk or two.  I’m sure Coach Groce would want nothing more than to beat his old boss and shake off some of the recent critics.  But I don’t think that’s in the cards.

My prediction:  Ohio State 79, Illinois 68

Reminder:  if you’re having trouble leaving a comment, you can always e-mail me your pick – tditman@wdws.com.

Also…semi-big update:  Jim Rossow and Mike Goebel of the News-Gazette have gone into the vault and have pulled out two tickets to an Illini football game next year as the prize for the top picker at the end of the hoops regular season.  You pick the game to go to, but once you commit there’s no changing games, and when football season rolls around you must be able to pick up your prize at the News-Gazette during normal business hours.  If you can’t meet these requirements, find someone to use the tickets for you.

-Tim

Coming up Thursday:  OSU thoughts, standings, & Indiana predictions

[Finkle photo & audio via Warner Bros.]

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illinibadger wrote on January 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

tOSU 71, UIUC 65

mbelcher wrote on January 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Ohio st. 78

illinois. 64

Mike Goebel wrote on January 19, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Fighting Mattas 72, Yelling Groces 66

Green Shirt wrote on January 20, 2014 at 6:01 am

Ohio State      78

Illinois             63

Railsplitter wrote on January 20, 2014 at 7:01 am

OSU...75 ..... Illinois....65

Bwp 5P wrote on January 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

Tim.....I actually picked Spartans....so despite my somewhat errant RSDT.....I should be 1-0!

 

Now:

Buckeyes 77

Illini 65

Tim Ditman wrote on January 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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Thanks for pointing that out.  It's been fixed.

stumblefoot wrote on January 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Buckteeth - 68

Illini - 61

walker wrote on January 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

OSU  73  ILL  58

mvillini wrote on January 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

The Buckeyes are probably overjoyed to welcome the Illini to their arena for this matchup. My guess is Bucks 71, Illini 59, Grose 1 -t,1 coat heave. GO ILLINI !

touchdown_illinois wrote on January 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

tOSU 72

Illini 57

ehsfan wrote on January 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

tOSU 71 Illini 58

IlliniwekMerica wrote on January 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

The start of 3 wins in a row for the Illini to right the ship...

Illinois - 68

OSU - 67

 

illiniearl wrote on January 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

Tim - I noticed I was left off the overall season leader board standings when the MSU results were posted.  I gained a little ground during that last game. 

Anyway -

Ohio State:  77

Illini:  59

Tim Ditman wrote on January 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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Thanks for the note.  Got you added.

buckhunter2 wrote on January 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

OSU    75

ILLI      65

conner34 wrote on January 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Illini 62

buckys 77

twiggy354 wrote on January 23, 2014 at 2:01 am

Ohio St - 74

Illinois - 72

teachdacc wrote on January 23, 2014 at 5:01 am

OSU 75 ILLINI 64

IndianaBill wrote on January 23, 2014 at 7:01 am

Illini 77

 

osu 71

jruss62 wrote on January 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

ILLINI.........63


Ohio St.....67

Bob Patterson wrote on January 23, 2014 at 9:01 am
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Ohio State 72

Illinois 60

BleedOandB wrote on January 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Osu72

ill 65