PSU thoughts, standings, & Wisconsin predictions

PSU thoughts, standings, & Wisconsin predictions

Given how ugly of a game this was until the final eight minutes or so, I debated whether it was worthy of a highlight.  But, hey, it’s the weekend…

Blog PhotoI guess I should be thankful that this one wasn’t a nailbiter at the end like many have been recently in the Illinois-Penn State series.  Regardless, an off shooting day and a Penn State defense that stymied the O & B’s offensive rhythm gave me a better picture of how this team will compete in the Big Ten.  I’m not saying it will be subpar…just don’t expect and Indiana game-esque performance every time.

On the radio postgame show, Brian and Jerry highlighted Tracy Abrams’ stellar second half play, and I agreed.  So he gets the nod for this blog’s soundbite.  Roll it…

Blog PhotoI’ve also been impressed with how much more vocal Tracy is this year compared to last.  That’s the sign of an emerging leader.

Taking a look at the leaderboard…

All 26 of you picked up a win this go around, but not many picked a big Illini win, so the RSDTs were mostly in the double digits.  Overall, IndianaBill and smccaw_11748 have pulled into a tie for first.  We had three new pickers this week and are at 32 pickers overall.

On to cheeseland…

Blog PhotoAs I mentioned in a previous blog, I’ve been high on the Badgers this season.  They show a lot of unity (in fact, per ESPN, they all live together) and take care of the ball very well.  Bo Ryan’s streak of talented big men continues with Frank Kaminsky, who is finally clicking in Bo’s system and can shoot well from anywhere on the court.  Add in the fact that it’s tough to win in Madison (only one win in the last seven trips for the good guys), and it’s clear that it will take a near perfect game for the Illini to be in this one to the end.

My prediction:  Wisconsin 75, Illinois 64

Looking at the big picture for the Badgers, I think this is the year that they take the league crown after a hard-to-believe five year drought.  Their talent and schedule (only playing OSU and MSU once) line up in a perfect storm.  What say you, blog readers?

One quick programming plug:  It’s going to be colder than a witch’s you-know-what this week, so why not spend some quality time by your radio with my employer WDWS on the dial?  We’ve got sports programming almost every day this week:  two Big Ten basketball games tomorrow; a top 10 college hoops game Tuesday; Illini women’s basketball Thursday; Illini men’s basketball Wednesday; and high school hoops Friday and Saturday.  In fact, we have sports programming on the schedule almost every day this month.  Credit goes to Brian Moline for putting the schedule together.

-Tim

Coming up Wednesday:  Wisky thoughts, standings, & Northwestern predictions

[badger gif via Jonti Picking]

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PZervakis10 wrote on January 05, 2014 at 9:01 am

My PSU pick kept getting flagged as spam! Haha. So had to get this one in early: 

Illini 71 

Wisconsin 68 

ILL!

illinibadger wrote on January 06, 2014 at 11:01 am

UW 70, UIUC 62

tedped wrote on January 06, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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Wis  69

ILL 65

Mike Goebel wrote on January 06, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Wisconsin 58, Illinois 53

 

smccaw_11748 wrote on January 06, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Wisconsin 78

ILLINI 75

krervin2 wrote on January 06, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Illinois 69

Wisky 66

walker wrote on January 06, 2014 at 9:01 pm

WISC  63


ILLINI   58

conner34 wrote on January 06, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Illini 64

whisky 73

twiggy354 wrote on January 07, 2014 at 4:01 am

wisconsin 67

Illinois 64

ERE wrote on January 07, 2014 at 5:01 am
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ILLINI 67 Badgers 63 GO ILLINI!

touchdown_illinois wrote on January 07, 2014 at 8:01 am

Wisconsin 74
Illini 68

Hope I'm wrong...

buckhunter2 wrote on January 07, 2014 at 9:01 am

ILLINI   66

WISC   71

brownie832 wrote on January 07, 2014 at 11:01 am

ILLINI 64


WISKY 60


GO ILLINI!

illiniearl wrote on January 07, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Badgers:  66

Illini: 59

Green Shirt wrote on January 07, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Wisconsin             75

Illinois                    66

teachdacc wrote on January 07, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Bucky 75 UI 69

 

 

grapplinfool wrote on January 07, 2014 at 5:01 pm

some of your are nuts. illinois gets a reality check early on and this one gets out of hand quick. love the team, would love to be wrong, but:

Wisky 75

IL 55

wisconsinwwillie wrote on January 07, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Wisconsin 75 Illinois 35

mbelcher wrote on January 07, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Wisconsin  72

Illinois  62

Bob Patterson wrote on January 07, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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Wisconsin 74

Illinois 65

jruss62 wrote on January 08, 2014 at 7:01 am

ILLINI............65


Wisconsin...69

IndianaBill wrote on January 08, 2014 at 11:01 am

Illini 76

WIS 69

mvillini wrote on January 08, 2014 at 11:01 am

As much as I love this team (coach included), I really don't think they can get the job done up there in that madhouse. Watching paint dry is more exciting than watching Bo's boys pass, pass, and pass some more. Anyway the Badgers will win this one, 78 - 68. We'll get 'em at home.

Railsplitter wrote on January 08, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Wisconsin...73   Illini.....66

BleedOandB wrote on January 08, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I do think they can win but that is just the fan in me speaking,


 


Ill 60


Wisc 69

ehsfan wrote on January 08, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Not much chance for the Illini in this one. Just hope the guys continue to play hard and keep the score respectable against a really good Badger team.

Badgers 72 Illini 58