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2018-19 Basketball
« on: October 10, 2018, 01:46:26 PM »
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The Illinois men's basketball season opener is one month away, but the Fighting Illini are already hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. Illini fans can get an early look at Coach Brad Underwood's second squad this Homecoming weekend. Illinois will hold an open practice on Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at the Ubben Basketball Complex. Fans can watch from the balcony overlooking the men's gym on the east side of the complex.

Following practice, the Illini basketball team will hold an autograph session in Grange Grove from 11:30-Noon, followed by the 12:15 p.m. Illini Walk arrival of the football team prior to its 2:30 p.m. Homecoming game vs. Purdue.

Parking lots open at 7 a.m. as part of the normal football game day procedure. Passes are required for admittance to all parking lots adjacent to Ubben. Game-day purchase parking is available in Research Park and to the east of Ubben off St. Mary's Drive (lot 46 and 47) and Florida Ave (lot 49). For more information regarding parking on football game days, view the Game Day Guide and Parking Map.
https://fightingillini.com/news/2018/10/9/mens-basketball-basketball-open-practice-saturday-morning.aspx
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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 01:48:30 PM »
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Not-So-Secret List of 2018 College Basketball Scrimmages:


BIG TEN

Illinois – 10/27 vs. Vanderbilt

Indiana – 10/28 vs. Loyola Chicago at Bankers Life in Indianapolis

Iowa – 10/28 vs. Missouri at Quincy University (Illinois)

Maryland – 10/20 at George Mason

Michigan – 10/27 at Toledo

Michigan State – 10/27 vs Gonzaga in Minneapolis

Minnesota – 10/20 at Creighton

Nebraska – 10/21 at Iowa State

Northwestern – 10/28 vs. Marquette

Ohio State – 10/27 vs. Xavier

Penn State – 10/27 vs. Temple in Harrisburg; 11/3 at WEST VIRGINIA

Purdue – 10/27 vs. West Virginia in Columbus, Ohio

Rutgers – 10/20 at Towson; 10/27 vs. Yale

Wisconsin – 10/28 vs. Iowa State in Platteville
https://watchstadium.com/news/not-so-secret-list-of-2018-college-basketball-scrimmages-10-09-2018/
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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 01:51:30 PM »
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Ranking the top 15 breakout candidates in college basketball for 2018-19

14. Kipper Nichols | Illinois
2017-18 stats: 10 ppg, 19.0 minutes per game, 4.2 rpg

Illinois fielded a sorry basketball team last season, but the lumps it took could pay some dividends this season. If you're looking for a breakout star in the Big Ten, there's few more obvious answers than the Illini's Kipper Nichols. In addition to having, without debate, one of the top-5 names in the conference, Nichols has top-5 versatility, too. He's a fantastic defender, versatile, and mobile. Add in his 3-point shot, which dipped in efficiency last season but should tick back up, and it's easy to expect he gets some shine on an improved Illinois team.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ranking-the-top-15-breakout-candidates-in-college-basketball-for-2018-19-keep-your-eye-on-michigans-jordan-poole/
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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 11:28:11 AM »
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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 11:30:53 AM »
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Big Ten Basketball Coaches Rank the Best Jobs in the Conference

7. Illinois (62) – The Illini haven’t won a national title, but went to the championship game in 2005 and have been to four other Final Fours – in 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1989. There’s a decent tradition, but the fans are a little unrealistic with regards to expectations. Bill Self was successful in his brief stint, Bruce Weber went to six NCAA tournaments from 2003-12, but John Groce struggled in his time in Champaign.

Where they win: “Location. Chicago has a ton of players.” – Big Ten head coach

The knock: “The fan base has no clue – such unrealistic expectations. They are nuts. Plus, Chicago has players – but it might take a little more than a scholarship to get a lot of them.” – Big Ten assistant coach
https://watchstadium.com/news/big-ten-basketball-coaches-rank-the-best-jobs-in-the-conference-10-11-2018/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 01:29:42 PM »
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Big Ten Basketball Coaches Rank the Best Jobs in the Conference

7. Illinois (62) – The Illini haven’t won a national title, but went to the championship game in 2005 and have been to four other Final Fours – in 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1989. There’s a decent tradition, but the fans are a little unrealistic with regards to expectations. Bill Self was successful in his brief stint, Bruce Weber went to six NCAA tournaments from 2003-12, but John Groce struggled in his time in Champaign.

Where they win: “Location. Chicago has a ton of players.” – Big Ten head coach

The knock: “The fan base has no clue – such unrealistic expectations. They are nuts. Plus, Chicago has players – but it might take a little more than a scholarship to get a lot of them.” – Big Ten assistant coach
https://watchstadium.com/news/big-ten-basketball-coaches-rank-the-best-jobs-in-the-conference-10-11-2018/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

I think that last line says a lot about recruiting and coaches and how tone deaf they are even in the midst of a national investigation.  That assistant basically came out and said that you have to pay the Chicago boys to get them.

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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 02:31:38 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 02:32:34 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 02:33:32 PM »
Some head-scratchers on that ranking for sure.
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Re: 2018-19 Basketball
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 02:46:14 PM »
Some head-scratchers on that ranking for sure.
Definitely, like 10 for Game Experience?  I know it's slacked off in the past few years, but to drop from top 5 nationally to 10th in the conference seems unrealistic to me.  Granted, I haven't made it back to Champaign for a game in a long time, but that just seems crazy to me.  And how are you gonna tell me we are the 5th easiest school to get into?  Yeah right, we should be around 12-13 for that.  Ohio State 2 for tradition?  What tradition do they have outside of the 2000's??