Currently watching Illinois play Loyola. I’ve seen Illinois struggle to pass to anyone, dribble, hit the rim on free throws, jump for a rebound, move around screens, shuffle their feet, and are in general 2 steps slow. They look an awful lot like Ohio State did in the opening round. Like OSU, this marks the 5th game for Illinois in a week and a half.
Much like the Ohio State loss, if Illinois loses, there will be cries of over rated cast at the Big Ten. However, I can’t help but wonder if the grind of playing in the Big Ten is catching up to teams. Is the Big Ten actually over rated? Or just fatigued? And if it’s fatigue, which is what I see, does the conference need to adjust its tournament, or do something to help its teams get their best foot forward in the tournament that matters? Money aside, what changes can be made?