Michigan thoughts, standings, & Iowa predictions

Michigan thoughts, standings, & Iowa predictions

I’m just going to assume that the Wolverines saw how many people were picking against them on this blog and used that as their primary bulletin board material.

I may not have mentioned before that as I watch the Illini games, I take notes about what I’m going to write in the blog.  This game, there was no mention of the home team in those notes.  And rightfully so…because I think the Worlverines could have beaten the Harlem Globetrotters tonight given how hot they were from three point range.  And the ultra-quick but accurate passes to hit those players who were hanging out beyond the arc were equally as impressive.  And to think I was considering Tim Miles for Big Ten Coach of the Year (not that I have a vote).

Tonight was rare air for Coach Groce...

Blog PhotoNot going to spend any time talking about the picks this game, cause they were U-G-L-Y and they ain’t got no alibi.  Overall, illinibadger remains in first with eight others still in the running to take the crown.

And so, we’ve reached the end…

In my research on the Hawkeyes, one question kept coming up:  did they peak too early?  A month or so ago, they were being talked about by established sports writers as Final Four contenders.  Blog PhotoNow, they’ve lost three of their last four.  The team leads the Big Ten in scoring, with much of the offense going through the ever-confident Devyn Marble, but they also are prone to give up a lot of points.  So get ready for a slobberknocker to end the regular season.

My prediction:  Iowa 84, Illinois 69

And I can’t write a blog about Illinois playing at Carver Hawkeye Arena without mentioning one of my favorite Orange Krush memories – the group’s invasion of the arena in 2010.  When you look at the number of people they brought and the quality of seats they got, it’s gotta be up there among their best invasions in terms of execution of the plan.  I made the drive to cover that game as a reporter in large part because I wanted to see what the Krush had in store.  Supposedly there was an e-mail circulated amongst Iowa students after that game that had the word “embarrassed” in the subject line.  That game was also my first time sitting by Loren Tate on press row.  So doubly awesome.

-Tim

Coming up Saturday:  Iowa thoughts, final standings, & a look ahead

[Creed audio via NBC, Fran photo via cyclonefanatic.com]

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illiniearl wrote on March 05, 2014 at 9:03 am

Be careful here!

Illini 68

Hawkeyes 63

walker wrote on March 05, 2014 at 2:03 pm

ILL  57   IOWA  56

teachdacc wrote on March 05, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Iowa 78 illini 64. Sad way to end. Heart says Illini win but....

ERE wrote on March 06, 2014 at 11:03 am
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Been a discouraging season, especially after last year's surprise.

Not sure why Beilein seems to be able to take the average rated players and develop them to excel to an extent not yet happening here. We act as if just getting these 5-start recruits will make us a great team but not sure that's really the answer.

To be an Illini fan is to be stubborn, so I'm going with Illini 59, Iowa 56

At least I saved $ this year not flying back for games....

 

buckhunter2 wrote on March 07, 2014 at 8:03 am

illini  65

iowa 64

Mike Goebel wrote on March 07, 2014 at 10:03 am

Iowa 57, Illinois 50

touchdown_illinois wrote on March 07, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Good UI (Illini) 62
Bad UI (Squakeyes) 68

Thanks again, Tim, for running this all year!

conner34 wrote on March 08, 2014 at 12:03 am

Illini 65

Iowa 61

Green Shirt wrote on March 08, 2014 at 7:03 am

Iowa            75

Illinois          60

jruss62 wrote on March 08, 2014 at 11:03 am

ILLINI............63

Iowa..............60

As always it's been fun. Thanks Tim for running this blog. From what Im seeing out of the Illini this year we still have along way to go to get back to the top of the league. Hopefully  we can move up in the pecking order next year, with the transfers and the kids that are coming in as freshman. Sure give coach Groce and his staff a lot more options. Hope they make the best of it. I'm tired of the money programs (football,basketball) at the bottom of the league year in and year out. But you get what you pay for, blow average coaches blow average teams.

 

 

As always GO ILLINI

Bob Patterson wrote on March 08, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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Iowa 80

Illinois 60

Railsplitter wrote on March 08, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Congrats to illinibadger. This was fun again Tim, thanx a bunch . Gave me something to look forward to this long ,long, winter.  Illini 64 .... Iowa 77