Illini picked sixth in pre-season basketball poll

SHARE Illini picked sixth in pre-season basketball poll

Illinois was picked sixth in a poll of 24 Big Ten writers, two from each school, released Wednesdayl. The speak-no-evil Big Ten will only announce the league’s top three teams when athletes and coaches gather in Chicago Thursday for Big Ten basketball media day.Ohio State, a popular Final Four pick, received all 24 first-place votes.Beyond the Buckeyes, Michigan, which finished strong last season, joins Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue, which have a set a high standard in recent years, in what’s expected to be the upper tier.Whether Illinois can crack that group, and make itself into an NCAA tournament team, will depend on developing a go-to core. With senior mainstays Demetri McCamey, Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis gone, Bruce Weber is hoping for big production from junior guards D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul, and sophomore big man Meyers Leonard.Team, total points (range of predictions) 1. Ohio State, 288 (1) 2. Wisconsin, 248 (2-5) 3. Michigan, 233 (2-6) 4. Michigan State, 219 (2-6) 5. Purdue, 194 (2-9) 6. Illinois, 150 (4-9) 7. Minnesota, 142 (3-10) 8. Northwestern, 115 (6-11) 9. Indiana, 111 (5-12)10. Iowa, 86 (6-12)11. Nebraska, 60 (8-11)12. Penn State, 26 (11-12)

The Latest
Shane Waldron has seen an improvement in Williams’ operation of the offense, from learning the verbiage to using cadence as a weapon.
According to two league sources, the Sky are considering Wintrust Sports Complex in Bedford Park as their new practice facility. The goal, according to one source, would be for the franchise to add to the existing building.
Alabama Shakes frontwoman and her tight backing band smoothly blend funk, rock, gospel, soul, R&B, jazz and dream pop.
After navigating around the massive VIP viewing tower, fans dance along to British DJ’s beats.