Northwestern thoughts, standings, & Purdue predictions

Northwestern thoughts, standings, & Purdue predictions

Blog PhotoI didn’t realize coming in to this one that this is the only meeting between the Illini and Cats this year.  So that means we have to live with this one for a while.  Blerg.

So what do we call this?  A slump?  A reality check?  Bad luck?  Either way, it seemed to be a perfect storm of things not going in Illinois’ favor:  no offensive rhythm early, an off night from your top scorers, a good offensive night from guys not named Drew Crawford, etc., etc.  I know it’s easier said than done, but I’d really like to see Jon Ekey get back to being more involved with the offense.  Because on nights like these, you need multiple guys to step up.  For me, the finger is not near the panic button yet, but those who picked the O & B in the bottom half of the league at the start of the year are now saying “told ya so.”

John Groce had a nice summation of this one afterwards…

Blog PhotoLooking at the standings, all 30 of you picked Illinois.  So all 30 of you picked up a loss.  Ehsfan was the only one to pick a really tight margin of victory, so he/she is the only one with a single digit RSDT.  Overall, yours truly remains in the lead.  We had one new picker this go around, which puts us at 35 pickers for the year.  And a special shoutout goes out to ERE for his/her poetry.

Blog PhotoNext up, the makers of boiler…

At least in my surveying of the B1G so far, the Boilers are flying under the radar.  But not in a good way.  Matt Painter has and always will be a capable coach, but his roster this year is young, he’s been experimenting with a lot of lineups, and overall you never really know what Purdue team you’re going to get on a given night.  Media reports also indicate that MP has instructed his guys recently to dial back the aggression to avoid a plethora of fouls.  That doesn’t mean Painter, himself, is taking it easy on his guys, though.  If you’re a basketball player, you’re well aware of a certain dreaded practice phrase that is a harbinger of lots o’ running.  Purdue guard Rapheal Davis says that phrase was a common theme this week.

Blog PhotoYou can probably guess where I’m going with my pick by now, even in spite of what we saw tonight.  But I will say the Illini should be thankful this one is at home, as the squad has lost the last four at Mackey.  In fact, the Boilers had won eight straight up until last year.  Be watching in this upcoming game for the smooth play of the Johnson brothers, and if AJ Hammons has a big game, this one will be closer than many think.  Still…

My Prediction:  Illinois 77, Purdue 74

Side note…as a part of my research for these blogs, I read the most recent game notes for each opponent.  And you can always tell which programs are up and which ones are down by what’s in those notes.  Teams like Wisconsin can fill dozen of pages with meaningful info.  For a rebuilding team like Purdue…well, you get neat charts like the one at left.

Side note, part two…Purdue checks in with another entry on the all-name team.

Other notes…

  • For the first time this year (terrible, I know), I was able to take in an Illini women’s basketball game in person today.  While I sadly don’t think the team will be hitting any lofty goals this year, I was pleasantly surprised with the play of freshman Jacqui Grant.  In the words of Charlie Murphy:  “This cat can ball!”
  • Want to give another plug to my fellow blogger Brian Moline who does some really cool number crunching for each game.  A good read if you’re a stats person.
  • With former Illini football assistant coach Jeff Brohm in the news again, it’s time to revisit the time when Brohm gave us the best football quote of all time.  This came as he was returning to an XFL game after a nasty hit.

 

-Tim

Coming up Wednesday:  Purdue thoughts, standings, & MSU predictions

[Egwu via USA Today; Pete photo, stat chart, and Basil photo via Purdue University; Davis audio via Journal and Courier; Brohm audio via XFL 2001 on YouTube]

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Mike Goebel wrote on January 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Illinois 80, Purdue 67

Illini better bounce back

BleedOandB wrote on January 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

Let me just get this out of the way so I dont have to think or read about Ill vs NW the rest of the week.


Ill 72


Purdue 66


It gets ugly after this game.

Railsplitter wrote on January 14, 2014 at 5:01 am

Illinois....67 Pukedue.....66   probably in OT

touchdown_illinois wrote on January 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

Illini 62

PU 58

i sure hope Rayvonte is OK to play...

jruss62 wrote on January 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

ILLINI..........68


Purdon't.....62


Hopefully back home back to winning, but it gets fuugly from here on out.

krervin2 wrote on January 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

ILLINOIS 64

Purdont 58

buckhunter2 wrote on January 14, 2014 at 8:01 am

ILLINI   65

PURD  60

twiggy354 wrote on January 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

Illinois 70

Purdue 60

teachdacc wrote on January 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Illini 75  Purdue 63!!

 

Might get ugly after this but I think we pull upset in the next four games!!

Bwp 5P wrote on January 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Illini 74

Boilers 68

walker wrote on January 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

PURD  64    ILLINI  60     (I sure hope I'm wrong and we are certainly due for a breakout game, but not sure if this is just a funk we are in or whether we are really just a Big 10 bottom level team ?)   we will see

Green Shirt wrote on January 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Illinois             66

Purdue           65

ehsfan wrote on January 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Purdue 68 Illini 55

IndianaBill wrote on January 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Illini 85

pu  72

conner34 wrote on January 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Illini 65

boilers 61

mbelcher wrote on January 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Illinois  69

Purdue  68

Bob Patterson wrote on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 am
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Purdue 72

Illinois 65

illiniearl wrote on January 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

Home game, can't go wrong here!

Illini:  64

Purdue: 55

illinibadger wrote on January 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

UIUC 70, PU 66

brownie832 wrote on January 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

ILLINI 67


Purdue 61


GO ILLINI!

IlliniwekMerica wrote on January 15, 2014 at 8:01 am

Illinois 67

Purdue 62