OSU thoughts, standings, & Indiana predictions

Of the most recent five, I think this loss hurts the most.  Kind of like someone mercilessly chewing on your finger…

Blog PhotoWhy, you ask, is this the toughest to swallow in the losing streak?  Because after a tentative first half (for both teams, really), the Illini were starting to play with more confidence, Nnanna Egwu was breaking out of his slump, and the defense was coming up with stops.  But those stops don’t matter much if you can’t follow it up with a bucket…or even a rebound to keep the possession alive.  Tonight wasn’t a regression, but that’s probably no consolation to most of you.

If you’re wondering about the play of Ray Rice and Tracy Abrams, Coach Groce kinda sorta addressed it afterward…

My opinion on Ray Rice’s play tonight?  I’d chalk it mostly up to a good scout by OSU, but there’s a small part of me that still thinks Ray’s hip is limiting his ability to drive to the basket.  And if you take that weapon out of his arsenal, there’s trouble.

Numbers time!

Blog PhotoAnother good round of picks this game, as all but two of you picked up another notch in the win column with most of the RSDTs in single digits.  Special kudos goes to stumblefoot and BleedOandB for nailing the margin of victory.  Overall, no major changes among the top dogs.

Next up - candy-stripers, round two…

Blog PhotoSome of my observations since the last time we saw the fightin’ Creans:  One, I have overlooked Noah Vonleh.  He’s snagged six (!) B1G Freshmen of the Week  honors, and opposing coaches have been subbing just to find the right matchup with him.  That matchup, as you might expect, often involves double teams, leaving a man open for a kickout.  Two, “that other” Assembly Hall is a vicious place to play.  The fans, young and old, know their four letter words and know how to get in your head.  And most importantly, three, Coach Crean has made it clear recently that this Hoosier team is still a work in progress.  One game it’s a lack of focus…the next it’s not finishing at the rim.  Those inconsistencies have caused Crean to put playing time up for grabs.  He summed up his squad’s areas for improvement after its loss to Michigan State on Tuesday.

My prediction:  Indiana 65, Illinois 59 (If it weren’t for the slump, I’d pick the good guys.) 

Remember – you’ll likely have to pick every game to be in the running for our end of the season prize (football tickets).  So don’t let the recent results get you down…keep picking!

-Tim

Coming up Sunday:  IU thoughts, standings, & Iowa predictions

[end game audio via ESPN, Charlie audio via HDCYT on YouTube, Crean gif via BTN/Mocksession, Crean audio via The Hoosier Scoop]

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Mike Goebel wrote on January 23, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Indiana 71, Illinois 61

teachdacc wrote on January 24, 2014 at 5:01 am

IU. 67 ILLINI 63. 

illinibadger wrote on January 24, 2014 at 7:01 am

IU 74, UIUC 66

Bwp 5P wrote on January 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

WHOOSIERS  67

Illini   62

 

Tim.....Much as I wished I was only off 1 on the RSDT last night.......better check my score again! Not that it matters at all!!!

Tim Ditman wrote on January 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm
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Fixed!

walker wrote on January 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

IND  74  ILL  67

touchdown_illinois wrote on January 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Loosiers 74

Illini 66

 

illiniearl wrote on January 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Things will eventually turn around!  Go ILLINI!

Indiana 77

Illini  60

Green Shirt wrote on January 25, 2014 at 7:01 am

Indiana         75

Illinois           65

buckhunter2 wrote on January 25, 2014 at 9:01 am

HOSERS    73

ILLINI          65

mvillini wrote on January 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

  Just for the record, I actually picked Purdue by 3. This week,even tho it doesn't matter,Indiana wll win this one 65-59. We need to get Ravonte healthy, Nunn, Hill, and Morgan on the floor more, and Egwu on the pines a litle more. GO ILLINI !!!

 

 

Railsplitter wrote on January 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hurryin Homers 72.... Illini 69

jruss62 wrote on January 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

ILLINI...........66

Indiana.........73

twiggy354 wrote on January 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

This team is gonna turn it around in a big way when everything comes together.  Just a mediocre game from Rice wins us that osu game. 

Illini 66

Indiana 65

Kendrick Nunn is gonna have a big game

stumblefoot wrote on January 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Thx for the shout-out!  Lucky, lucky RSDT guess for sure.

Looks like I'm missing from the overall standings.  I know I've missed a game or two.

With that said, I need a bump up in the win column, so I'm going out on a very long and shaky limb by saying...

ILL - 67

IND - 65

Tim Ditman wrote on January 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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Got you added.  Thanks for pointing it out.

conner34 wrote on January 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Illini  64

Indy 73

mbelcher wrote on January 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Illinois. 64
Indiana. 70

Bob Patterson wrote on January 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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Indiana 72

Illinois 64

BleedOandB wrote on January 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

I have been so annoyed w this season I almost forgot there was a game today? Why? Because right now the team doesn't care and neither do i

Indiana 67

ill 58