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...
Not 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. Now, 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.
Coming up Saturday: Iowa thoughts, final standings, & a look ahead
[Creed audio via NBC, Fran photo via cyclonefanatic.com]