Wisconsin thoughts, standings, & Northwestern predictions

Phil, sum this one up for us…

Blog PhotoAt least Northwestern is next, right?  I said before this one that the Illini would need a near perfect game to stay in the game, and a 20-0 first half run by the opponent coupled with major offensive involvement by just a couple guys (gotta move that rock around!) is not perfect at all.  What stood out to me the most, though, is the ease at which the Badgers were making shots.  Wisky is quite talented, so I don’t want to call it a major regression for the Illini defense, which had been decently stout up to this point.  Still, other B1G coaches won’t want to delete this one off their DVRs when they’re scouting the O & B.  At least Stricker wasn’t in all red this time.

Too much good stuff from Coach Groce postgame to cut it down…

Blog PhotoOn the prognostication side…

This was a bad night for players and pickers alike, as all but one of you – newcomer grapplinfool – lodged a pick where the RSDT was in single digits.  Alas, 25 of 30 correctly picked the victor.  We had three new pickers this week, which puts us at 34 for the year.  Overall, I swear this isn’t rigged…but I’m currently leading the pack.  Don’t worry…it will surely be short-lived, and I’m not eligible for the prize anyway.

Time to get purple…

Well, it’s a new era up in Evanston, but the results so far are the same.  The Cats are not shooting the ball well and are depending too much on Drew Crawford for offense.  Coach Chris Collins touched on that bugaboo after the squad’s loss at Michigan this past weekend.

Blog PhotoI can’t lay it on Collins too thick though.  He’s falling into the tough situation that many first year coaches find themselves in.  That is, having guys that don’t quite fit his system.  Add on to that that you’re doing it all at Northwestern, and you’re behind the eight ball to start.  I’ll give it a few years before I evaluate the hire.

My prediction:  Illinois 70, Northwestern 59

So you know the drill.  Get me your pick, either by comment or e-mail, by tipoff Sunday.  We’re still working on a prize, but either way, you’ll likely need to pick every game just to be in the running.

-Tim

Coming up Sunday:  NU thoughts, standings, & Purdue predictions

[Punk audio via WWE, Stricker photo via BTN, Collins audio via nusports.com, DJ photo via @IlliniHoops]

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Mike Goebel wrote on January 08, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Illinois 58, Northwestern 49

mvillini wrote on January 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Illini will prevail, 74- 62. Go Illini !!

teachdacc wrote on January 09, 2014 at 5:01 am

ILLINI 76 Northwestern 58

illinibadger wrote on January 09, 2014 at 5:01 pm

UIUC 72, NW 60

stumblefoot wrote on January 09, 2014 at 11:01 pm

Looks like I forgot to hit save for the Wisconsin game.  Oh well... my fault.  The RSTD would have been atrocious anyway.

Let's try and pick it back up where we left off:

Illini - 75

Kitty Cats - 54

buckhunter2 wrote on January 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

ILLINI   69

NW      55

arch73 wrote on January 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Maybe not your fault, Stumble.  This is probably THE most user-UNfreindly website I have encountered.  What a pleasure it would be to simply log on and leave a comment without all of the rigamarole!

Bwp 5P wrote on January 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Illini 68

Wildcats 59

ERE wrote on January 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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Chicago's Team 79

Evanston's team 56

Air Bertrand...Prepare for Takeoff

A Ray of Hope 

Brad Who? Shaka Who? 

Nunn Better

Malcom Drives Their Middle

Ekey Not Streaky

Nnanna Chance for NW to Drive the Lane

Tres-C on Fire

 

 

Bwp 5P wrote on January 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Illini 68

Wildcats 59

Green Shirt wrote on January 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Illinois            75

Northwestern 66

Tim Ditman wrote on January 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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A couple notes...

One of last year's blogs got put on the front page by mistake today, and some of you (krervin2, Green Shirt, touchdown_illinois) left a pick there.  I have those picks recorded.

Some of you are having trouble getting through the website's spam filter to post a comment.  If you have trouble, e-mail your pick to tditman@wdws.com.  I will reply to confirm I got it.

Thanks for bearing with me!

ehsfan wrote on January 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Illini 56 NU 54

conner34 wrote on January 11, 2014 at 12:01 am

Illini 72

NW 61

Bob Patterson wrote on January 11, 2014 at 1:01 am
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Illinois 72

Northwestern 57

illiniearl wrote on January 11, 2014 at 7:01 am

Illini 74


NW: 55

jruss62 wrote on January 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

ILLINI............74

NW................58

Railsplitter wrote on January 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

Illini.....73.........Eastwestsouthnorthwestern...58

BleedOandB wrote on January 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Ill 71

nw 59

touchdown_illinois wrote on January 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Tim I thought I entered my pic yesterday but it doesn't appear. If you have it please disregard this one. I think this is what I picked...

 

Illini 67

Mildcats 58

Tim Ditman wrote on January 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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I got your first pick.  See my post above for an explanation.

twiggy354 wrote on January 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Illini - 75

Northwestern - 60

PZervakis10 wrote on January 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Glad I had this blog to read and take my mind off the UW game. Brutal.

 

Illini 71

Northwestern 60

smccaw_11748 wrote on January 12, 2014 at 10:01 am

ILLINI 82 NW 69

mbelcher wrote on January 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Illinois  71

Northwestern  60

tmh2196 wrote on January 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Ill-75
Childcats-64

brownie832 wrote on January 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm

ILLINI 76

Cats- 65

GO ILLINI!

IlliniwekMerica wrote on January 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Illinois 71

northwestern - 60

IndianaBill wrote on January 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Illini  85           NU  65