I'm trying to just stick to pure basketball right now. I've never been more uncomfortable with the public speculation around an Illini topic as I've been over the last few days and I don't want to write about it until we know much more. I'm going to stay in the headspace I found at the Northwestern game on January 2nd. These players are the ones actually dealing with all of this, and if they can set aside all of this turmoil and do what they accepted their scholarship to do, I can do my job as well.
From the moment I started writing these, we've been climbing. I put together the first basketball I-N-I in my New Jersey hotel room the morning of the FAU game as a way to say "when you combine all of these numbers, we're actually the 19th-best
Here's the plan: I'll call these Where Do We Stand so they're easily searched in the archive. I'll publish them on Monday or Tuesday each week. I'll put together the Illini NERDstat Index (the I-N-I) and I'll take
Ever driven across the Delmarva? Maybe I'm supposed to write it as "DeMarVa." It's the peninsula that's part Delaware, part Maryland, part Virginia. Del-Mar-VA. I would have stuck with "Vir" for Virginia instead of the abbreviation and gone with "