B1G Tourney Open Thread: #8 Illinois vs. #9 Minnesota

March 14, 2013 at 12:13p    by Jason Priestas    
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VHX7's picture

Not a bad matchup for an 8-9 game.

AngryWoody's picture

Y BTN no work?

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awwwwwwop's picture

I was having issues with BTN2go for Firefox originally and had to switch to slow ass internet explorer. AND IT FEELS LIKE I AM JUST TOO SLOW TO FUNCTION

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Do you guys really think Minny and Ill are NCAA tourney teams?

awwwwwwop's picture

All I know is that I would not want to see Illinois in my bracket, Minnesota not so much, they were only ever really good at home.  Groce is a good tourney coach and any team that can rain threes from all 5 spots on the floor is terrifying.  Illinois has enough good wins to make the tourney. I think we get a little bit of tunnel vision when looking at the B1G.  It's so much better than the other conferences that it goes 9 deep with potential tourney teams. Losses to those other 3 are as bad as a loss to a team ranked like 4th in the ACC or 5th in the Big 12 or 2nd in the Pac 12.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I just don't know if a team should be in that wasn't better than .500 in their conference, which Minny and Iowa are both sitting with Purdue @ 8-10. If Minny and Illinois are in, does that mean Iowa is in too? They're 9-9 in conference play. Right now Lunardi has 7 B1G teams in, including IU, OSU, MSU, UM, Wisky, Ill, and Minny.

AngryWoody's picture

I really do. Go watch the ACC or SEC tourneys and look at those teams. If Minny and Illinois are bad, those teams are unwatchable. It's all relative.
Illinois is 5-5 vs top 50 RPI including wins over Indiana, OSU, and Gonzaga on the road. Most teams don't have any wins like that much less three.
Minny has lost 11 but six of those are to top fifty RPI and of those 5 twenty RPI teams. Those RPI losses include number 1, 5, 12, 7 and 14. Their SOS was 2 in the country and they still have a better record than a lot of teams. They only lost one game OOC and that was to Duke (no shame in that). If these guys played in the SEC they'd be a 25-28 win team and we'd be saying they were a top five seed no question.

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tdible2132's picture

The B1G tourney is going to be very exciting this year. I love it that Big Ten basketball is so entertaining. I think there are 6 or 7 teams that could get hot and win the conference tournament this year (OSU, IU, MSU, SCUM, WISC, ILL, MINN). Adds a lot of excitement for many fans

Chris Lauderback's picture

Man, Tubby's program seems to made up of a bunch of quitters. They come in 8-10 in the league, fighting for a Dance bid, and they shoot 6/22 and score 16 points in the first half?!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Do I smell a Minny comeback?

AngryWoody's picture

Anyone else here the crowd cheering "Here we go Buckeyes! Here we go!"

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dubjayfootball90's picture

from all these comments, i though minny would be down and out, especially Chris's comments above, but I checked on ESPN and they are up by five.... is this just a very sloppy game or what?

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xFactor11's picture

I did the exact same thing.. I actually wish I could be watching this game now.

tennbuckeye19's picture

This game is sloppy and it's a 3 point chuck fest.

dubjayfootball90's picture

haha, nice description. got a good laugh out of that.

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AngryWoody's picture

Man, Mbakwe is a monster down low.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Almost 3 minutes without a score from either team...The loser of this game might wanna burn the tape...Heck maybe the winner should too...

tennbuckeye19's picture

Congrats to Minnesota for more than doubling their 1st half scoring.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Man, I diss Minny at halftime and they're now shooting like 10/18 in the 2nd half.

Jason Priestas's picture

This is fun. Tied at 49 with 19.3 left?

dubjayfootball90's picture

19 seconds left and tied at 49?!?! (per espn game tracker)

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Tie ballgame...I think I smell OT

dubjayfootball90's picture

TO and Illinois drains a bucket with one left, up by two, wow!!
 

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Jason Priestas's picture

What a shot.

Final: Illinois 51-49.

tennbuckeye19's picture

NM. I didn't smell OT, it was my BO. Man, congrats to Illinois. 

Earle's picture

I was going to ask what OT smelled like.  Now I know, and wish I didn't.

Italics are for emphasis.

ColdBuckeye's picture

I would've liked to have heard Gus for that last 15 seconds.

Unky Buck's picture

I think Illinois was getting into the tourny anyway, but this at least puts a stamp on that. I guess the question now is: does Minnesota get in? I don't know if a loss to Illinois puts them out of it, but do they have enough to still get in?

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Chris Lauderback's picture

At 20-12 overall and 8-10 in regular season league play, Lunardi still has them in. Their RPI of 24 is a huge help. Wins over Sparty and Indiana will go a long way.

Chris Lauderback's picture

Brandon Paul was a beast today. Had 25 of Illy's 51 points on 10/16 shooting.  

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

In my opinion, he should have beat out Hardaway for the 1st team spot.

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Chris Lauderback's picture

No doubt Paul can be a beast but he's also pretty streaky. I couldn't slot him above Hardaway Jr mostly because TH Jr. shoots it better from the floor (45% to 40%) and from distance (38% to 33%) while averaging close to the same points per game.

(I didn't have Paul on my 1st or 2nd team. Would've had him 3rd team)

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Hardaway has a supporting cast that are shooting threats (Burke, Robinson, Stauskas) as well as distribute the ball.  Just from watching the games that I have, it seemed to me that he was a support player that succeeded because his teammates made him better.  I don't think Paul had that luxury, at least not to the same extent.

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CALPOPPY's picture

That was a great start to the tourney. crowd went nuts. that was awesome.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Anybody else pulling for a 1st round exit in this tourney from UM? Penn State's already beat them once...

BrewstersMillions's picture

That would mean the weirdos at Penn State would have something to be happy about....I'll have to pass.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'd like it if the weirdos @ UM were unhappy as well. That settles it, I'm rooting for a tie ballgame. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Ugh. Michigan Weird or Penn State Weird. That's like choosing between black licorice and turkey bacon....

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

dancorona5's picture

hey! turkey bacon is...yeah it sucks...

kareemabduljacobb's picture

In other news it's my Bday today as well as national steak and blowjob day for men, a holiday celebrated a month after Vday... I knew there was some sort of correlation for my love of those 2 things and my bday.  Excellllllllllllent.
 
Umm, Go Illini.

Unky Buck's picture

Hahaha, I forgot about this "holiday". Thanks for the reminder, Kareem

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dancorona5's picture

happy birthday!! today is my 5th anniversary of my 21st birthday

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Mine as well, Happy Bday!!  O - H!

sb97's picture

Caught the last 20 seconds while home at lunch.  Heck of a finish