Nebraska thoughts, standings, & Ohio State predictions

Nebraska thoughts, standings, & Ohio State predictions

Blog PhotoWhat you see at left is what Nebraska Coach Tim Miles tweeted at halftime tonight.  So now does this mean we have to turn over Abe to the cornheads?

You don’t need me to tell you, but the second half is where the train went off the tracks tonight.  Before that, Ray Rice was back to his confidently-driving-to-the-rim self, and Jon Ekey and Joe Bertrand were not sulking despite losing their starting spots for the second game in a row.  So what changed?  Honestly I’m not sure.  I do know that it doesn’t help when you can’t convert at the free throw line when you’re in the bonus early.  And a career night from Shavon Shields doesn’t help the cause either.  Can you tell I’m letting out a giant sigh while typing this?  The momentum is out there somewhere.

Going to give you all of postgame Groce this time...

Blog PhotoAnother interesting round of picks this game.  Predictions were once again split right down the middle…11 for Illinois, 11 for Nebraska.  Illiniearl takes top honors, and those who picked the Huskers registered decent, single-digit RSDTs.  For the rest of us, including yours truly who came in dead last this go around, the nine point margin of victory meant a double-digit RSDT was unavoidable.  Overall, the standings have shaken out once again, with now just three lead dogs.  Although everyone in the left column except mvillini is still in the running with six games to go.  And so far, everyone who has picked every game is at or above .500.  So you got that going for you, which is nice.  Also want to give a shoutout to our current #2 dog, Stephen Walko, who’s not only proving himself as a prognosticator (he won the football pick ‘em this past fall) but also a loyal reader, as he e-mails me with his scouting report before most games.  And we also picked up a new picker this game (DaisyJ), which puts us at 37 for the year.

Blog PhotoWe turn our attention now to Ohio State, whose up and down season continues…16 wins in a row to start the year, then losses in five of six, then a three game win streak leading up to this week’s loss to Michigan.  Despite the identity crisis, media reports out of Columbus indicate that the team’s shooting and ability to finish has improved lately.  And the numbers show that they’ve been outstanding at defending the three ball all year.  Even though a Big Ten title is probably out of the question for the Buckeyes this year, I still think they’ll be the more motivated team this weekend, as their schedule sets up well for a strong finish and a low seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

After the Michigan loss, OSU coach Thad Matta talked about what it takes to sustain success in the Big Ten this year…

My prediction:  Ohio State 70, Illinois 58


Coming up Saturday:  OSU thoughts, standings, & Minnesota predictions

[Miles tweet via, Matta audio via, Brutus gif via BTN]


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illiniearl wrote on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm


Buckaroos:  76

Illini:  67

touchdown_illinois wrote on February 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

The misery continues:

OSU 72

Illini 64

Green Shirt wrote on February 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

Ohio State       62

Illinois              57

mvillini wrote on February 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

Ohio State 70, Illini 58. No further comment.

walker wrote on February 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

'Mentor' Matta's Boys  60   'Student' Groce's Boys 65

Mike Goebel wrote on February 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

Buckeyes 71, Illini 60

I'm not picking Illini to win again this season.

ehsfan wrote on February 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

tOSU 71 Illini 60 

This season cannot end too soon. I have never seen U of I sports as a whole in such pitiful shape, but being a last place team in MBB hurts the most.

Bwp 5P wrote on February 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Buckeyes = 74



Sniff....Sniff...........can we see some assists this game guys?


buckhunter2 wrote on February 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

illini   71

osu    67

Bob Patterson wrote on February 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm
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Ohio State 72

Illinois 62

illinibadger wrote on February 15, 2014 at 7:02 am

tOSU 66, UIUC 61

Railsplitter wrote on February 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Illini 64      OSU73

jruss62 wrote on February 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm


Nut heads....68

BleedOandB wrote on February 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Ill 65

osu 61

conner34 wrote on February 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Illini 65

osu 71