Admittedly, we did not time this tweet well. The Twitter-verse found out that Hardy Nickerson’s resignation about six minutes before we asked our weekly Illini Pulse question:
We did not get an overwhelming number of responses, but I would still call it a good sample size. There was a wide range of speculation as to how the team might fare in Brad Underwood’s second season.
This guy definitely knows what he is talking about:
32-0!— Thor Graham (@thorgraham42) October 29, 2018
Just kidding. He’s not that crazy.
Jk prob 19/20-12— Thor Graham (@thorgraham42) October 29, 2018
Okay, that’s still pretty steep. But 19-20 wins sounds a lot more likely than 32. Anyone else?
19-13— John Molohon (@molohon_john) October 29, 2018
A few are in that 19-20 range of wins. Let’s go down from there. Some people think that the team is likely to have a few less wins.
17-15— Jeff Pierce (@CubsIllini2019) October 29, 2018
Slightly above .500— Shaun Greear (@Shauneezy) October 29, 2018
To me, this seems a lot more likely. Has anyone actually looked at the Illini schedule? It. Is. Brutal. The Maui Tournament (featuring Duke, San Diego St., Arizona, Auburn, Gonzaga, and Iowa State), Georgetown in the Gavitt Games, and Notre Dame to finish off the non-conference. Then it’s B1G season, and Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan all look to be legit again this year.
If the Illini win nine conference games, I think a postseason is actually quite likely. The trouble will be getting there.
There will be a post season— Michael Dunbar (@Michael96822344) October 29, 2018
Or, at least there will be a shot at the Tournament.
bubble team— Nick Hafner (@NDHafner) October 29, 2018
But who really cares about wins? There is only one game that some people care about:
as long as they win braggin rights it will be a successful season.— fire brad underwood (@FireBrad) October 29, 2018
But, as an Illini fan, I think there is one thing that is certain for this basketball season, in one form or another:
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