The Other MJ
The 2014-15 edition of Athlon Sports' college basketball preview was released this week, featuring some positive news for Illinois basketball fans.
Athlon predicts the Illini to finish sixth in the Big Ten and also projects John Groce's squad a an at-large NCAA tournament team.
When Jim Christian left Ohio earlier this week to take the job at Boston College, names began to fly with regard to who might replace him.
Among them were longtime Ohio State assistant coach and former Ohio player Jeff Boals and Illinois assistant coach Dustin Ford, a former starting point guard for the Bobcats.
The dream of reaching the NCAA tournament is alive and well for most Illinois fans and while reaching the Big Dance is more than a long shot at this juncture, there’s a realistic possibility the Illini can make it with the way they’ve played of late.
The Big Ten on Friday released the matchups for the 2014-15 men's basketball season. The league will continue to play an 18-game schedule with Maryland and Rutgers joining the conference next season with each team playing eight teams just once — four home games, four road games.
Here's how it breaks down for the Illini.
After Illinois' recruitment of Quentin Snider, the Illini fell out of favor with 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson of Stevenson. The pursuit of Snider, the 2014 lead guard who committed to Illinois, only to back out during signing week to sign with hometown program Louisville, turned Brunson off.