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Big Ten 2020-21 Conference Preview

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Big Ten is the best conference in basketball, and home to the best returning player in the country in Luka Garza of Iowa. The Big Ten goes 10-11 teams deep, all of which who could be tournament teams in March. Ayo Dosunmu, Marcus Carr, and Trayce Jackson-Davis highlight the names of other stars in this conference too. Below are my 2020-21 preseason Big Ten rankings, and an explanation to go with them. 1. WisconsinThe Badgers won the Big Ten last season, and return nearly everyone from the team last year, losing only Brevin Pritzl....

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Top Five Illinois Guards of the 2010’s

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 2010’s were a rough decade for Illini basketball enthusiasts, to put it nicely. The orange and blue went through perhaps the worst decade in their storied history, only making the NCAA Tournament twice. However, there were some good players who suited up for Illinois. Let’s take a look at the top five Illini Guards in the 2010’s.#5 Kendrick Nunn (2013-2016) If you follow the NBA, you know who Kendrick Nunn is. The current guard for the NBA Final’s Miami Heat ran into some issues in his time as an Illini, but he was very...

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Starting Lineup Prediction For The 2020-21 Illinois Fighting Illini

Reading Time: 2 minutes After the return of stars Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn to Champaign, Brad Underwood and Co. have the potential to be one of the greatest teams to ever wear the Illinois uniform. The Illini return 89% of starts from a 20 win team which finished 4th in the best conference in basketball and they add two top 50 recruits in Adam Miller and Andre Curbelo. So, that begs the question, what will the lineup look like for this Illini Squad?Point Guard: Starter: Trent FrazierBackup: Andre CurbeloAnalysis: Senior Guard Trent Frazier should get the start here, Frazier...

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Breaking Down Brad Underwood and Illinois Basketball’s Recent Success

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Illinois Men’s Basketball program has a very consistent and strong history, although they have had quite the rough stretch recently. With 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and 17 Conference Championships, Illini basketball has experienced something unusual with 7 missed NCAA Tournaments in a row. John Groce was hired to replace Bruce Webber who led the Illini to a national championship game and to put it nicely, the Groce experiment was a failure. Then, with new AD Josh Whitman at the helm, Brad Underwood was hired to “bring back” Illini basketball to its former glory. The first...

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