As noted, Illinois has just one team in the tournament, but the number of Illinoisans playing in the tournament for schools outside of Illinois has to be over a dozen. It would be nice if an Illinois school could figure out how to keep our best talent in state.
It is hard to figure out why University of Illinois has not recently been able to put good men’s or women’s basketball teams on the court. There are great teams in the Chicagoland region (e.g. Marquette and Notre Dame), which recruit heavily in Illinois. As a consolation prize, Illinois can at least say it has the largest library in the Big 10 and even compared to every other team in the men’s or women’s 2019 brackets.
==As noted, Illinois has just one team in the tournament, but the number of Illinoisans playing in the tournament for schools outside of Illinois has to be over a dozen. It would be nice if an Illinois school could figure out how to keep our best talent in state.==
The Tribune did a nice story on this earlier today–there are 54 players who list an IL hometown on the rosters of tournament teams. I thought that was wild.
- Robert the Bruce - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:05 am:
Illinois’ leading scorer was a freshman 5-star recruit from Chicago. There’s a chance they’ll turn things around.
I was at a private fundraiser at a date and actually had Bob Dold say he’s running for Senate. Where can I send this recording to?
- Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:56 am:
Chicago is starting to have marijuana supper clubs. That’s the way to go and expand marijuana business. Hopefully they will come up with other types of marijuana clubs as well, like coffee clubs. It would be real nice to do a marijuana cruise on Lake Michigan.
Peoria really needed a shot in the arm after the departure of Cat’s HQ, and Bradley’s tourney bid looked like a temporary booster. Then Wardle and the AD failed Media Relations 101. Peoria can’t catch a break lately.
And Willy, you would be wrong with your third sentence. How do I know? Because I follow recruiting and both sports are headed in the up direction. The quality of football players coming in the ‘19 class is definitely better and they received the top player in the state from ‘18 as a transfer. The 2020 class could be a blockbuster. The problem with both sports stems from the hiring of Mike Thomas as AD, who in turn hired Beckman and Groce. The quality of players Underwood is bringing far surpasses what they had.
Simple Simon - No, no, nono, no, no. Omg. My little heart can’t take it. I cannot imagine Illinois not competing in the Big 10, not having a basketball team, no Assembly Hall. I cried when they lost in 2005 to NC (and when I say cried, I mean balled like a baby). Cannot picture a world without the Fighting Illini.
Illinois went 4-8 in football. And those 12 wins in hoops came against the third toughest schedule in the country, including beating 3 NCAA teams including Michigan State and playing #1 seed Gonzaga within 6. They will win more than 12 next year for certain, then the win total narrative changes.
I’m with ya Willy. I’ll take over 4 on football this year too. This was the wrong year with 8 new guys for Illinois hoops to be playing in Maui and they got crushed, but that is planned like 3 years in advance. Set a bad hole to start.
Bourbon Street - Yeah it would be nice, but it’s a hopeless cause. District is pulling left and there’s no path to win for a respected conservative. The district’s moderates already have Lipinski as their guy.
- Lake County Voter - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 2:55 pm:
Can the commenter who raised the possibility that two-time former Congressman Bob Dold is planning a senate run please clarify your post?
- Last Bull Moose - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 3:16 pm:
I believe that the internet will increase competition and drive down margins. A corollary is that advertising revenues will drop with margins. Slowly the surge of money flowing through sports will drop. Then we might see student athletes again.
Doubt I will live long enough to see it. But I can dream.
- A 400lb. Guy on a bed - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 6:11 pm:
=Illinois went 4-8 in football=
Lovie Smith got his $8 million.
- Pepsi Not Coke - Wednesday, Mar 20, 19 @ 7:53 am:
Really hope Do-nothing Dold does run for Senate. He’s a dud and will get trounced.