Wisconsin thoughts, standings, & Penn State predictions

Blog PhotoWhat do you remember about February 9th, 1974?  It was a brisk, but lovely Saturday.  Richard Nixon was was in the White House.  The Love Unlimited Orchestra was at the top of the charts.  And Travis Tritt was celebrating a birthday.  It’s also the last time that the Illini basketball team was facing an eight game losing streak.

And now fast forward to the present day, and here we are again.  To me, tonight’s first half was more telling than the second.  The outside-inside game wasn’t working for the home team, so it went for more long range shots.  When those shots were rushed, they didn’t go in.  When they weren’t, they did, but it wasn’t enough to counter Wisconsin’s sharpshooters.  I thought the Illini big men did a good job of shutting down Frank Kaminsky, but Nigel Hayes’ 14 points made up for that.

Coach Groce highlighted the good, the bad, and the ugly afterwards…

Blog PhotoTo the prognosticatin' portion...

Seventeen of 21 pickers got another win, with illiniearl nailing the margin of victory.  He also gets kudos for being the only one to submit a correct Superbowl pick, athough he and the other three big game pickers did not see the Seattle blowout coming.  On the hoops side of things, walker remains in the lead overall, with plenty of you within striking distance. 

On to the next one…

Blog PhotoPat Chambers’ crew is as of this writing in unchartered territory (his words) having won three in a row for the first time since 2009.  Things are clicking due to a combination of changes (e.g. Graham Woodward inserted into the starting lineup) and progression of players (e.g. Jordan Dickerson playing well when Donovan Jack is in foul trouble).  The key to this upcoming game should be no secret – stop Newbill and Frazier, stop the Lions.  The Illini are weathered, but I think that’s an order they can handle.  The road atmosphere will not be a detriment either.  And even though most recent meetings between these two have been close, I see the Illini rebounding in a big way this weekend.  The team, like its fans, are fed up with losing.

My prediction:  Illinois 73, Penn State 69

-Tim

Coming up Sunday:  PSU thoughts, standings, & Nebraska predictions

[Nixon photo via fanpop.com, lion photo via Penn State University]

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illinibadger wrote on February 05, 2014 at 4:02 pm

UIUC 68, PSU 64

Tim Ditman wrote on February 05, 2014 at 6:02 pm
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Updated standings are now posted.  Thanks for being patient.

illiniearl wrote on February 05, 2014 at 7:02 pm

YYEEEESSSSS!!!

Green Shirt wrote on February 05, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Penn State       75

Illinois               70

illiniearl wrote on February 05, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Beast mode!


Illini 73


Penn State 65

Bwp 5P wrote on February 06, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Lions 68

Our Team 66

Darn it!

teachdacc wrote on February 07, 2014 at 6:02 am

It ends!!!!  ILLINI. 75 PSU 67

walker wrote on February 07, 2014 at 10:02 am

ILLINI  55   PSU  59

buckhunter2 wrote on February 07, 2014 at 10:02 am

ILLINI   69

PSU     65

Mike Goebel wrote on February 07, 2014 at 11:02 am

Penn State 58, Illinois 56

Joe Bertrand's winning three is disallowed at the buzzer.

IndianaBill wrote on February 07, 2014 at 11:02 am

Illini  79

psu 72

 

yeah I know we will never score 79 but im sticking with it till we score it or more

ehsfan wrote on February 07, 2014 at 5:02 pm

PSU 68 Illini 49

touchdown_illinois wrote on February 07, 2014 at 8:02 pm

PSU 68

Illini 64

Railsplitter wrote on February 08, 2014 at 7:02 am

Illinois  66 PSU 63

mvillini wrote on February 08, 2014 at 10:02 am

The sadness continues. Lions 55, Illini 50. Come on, Illini-- GO !!

jruss62 wrote on February 08, 2014 at 4:02 pm

ILLINI......66

PUState..69

 

Bob Patterson wrote on February 08, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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Penn State74

Illinois67

stumblefoot wrote on February 09, 2014 at 10:02 am

Lions = 62

Illini = 55

conner34 wrote on February 09, 2014 at 11:02 am

Illini 67

PSU 71

conner34 wrote on February 09, 2014 at 11:02 am

Illini 67

PSU 71

BleedOandB wrote on February 09, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Illinois 64

psu 60