Daily Digest |  Hummel high on Ilini;  Five takeaways from Illini MBB schedule

Daily Digest | Hummel high on Ilini; Five takeaways from Illini MBB schedule




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college basketball analyst Robbie Hummel has Illinois as the No. 2 team in the Big Ten entering the season, the former Purdue star said on Big Ten Network’s schedule release show. Hummel only had Indiana higher in his preseason top-five Big Ten rankings.


Why it matters: Hummel is one of the best, most respected voices in college basketball today and is echoing what many analytics sites feel about Illinois: that despite Illinois losing most of its production from a Big Ten championship squad — including two-time All-American center Kofi CockburnBrad Underwood reloaded his roster with enough talent from the transfer portal (No. 2 transfer class) and high schools ranks (No. 10 prep class) to remain a Big Ten contender.


Hummel’s top five

  • 1) Indiana
  • 2) Illinois
  • 3) Michigan State
  • 4) Purdue
  • 5) Ohio State

Hummel said of Illinois: “Now, you go to the ultimate unknown and that’s the Illinois Fighting Illini. I just say that because you have no Kofi Cockburnyou have no Trent Frazierno Da’Monte Williamsno Jacob Grandisonno Alfonso Plummer. Losses like that for most teams are going to be too much to overcome. But give Brad Underwood to your of credit. His staff has really overcome a lot of those departures with the transfer portal and a high-level recruiting class. With those transfers, you look at Matt Mayer, you look at Terrence Shannon Jr., long, athletic, uber-talented guys that come from the Big 12. I think both those guys are going to have really good seasons.

“And I think Illinois is going to look totally different this year. Last year, so much of it was pound it into Kofi Cockburn. I’m not saying we’re going to back to see the crazy amount of pressure we saw from Underwood early, but I do think that Illinois is going to try to get out in the open court with those athletes, pressure you. I wouldn’t be surprised if they press. They’re going to look so much different this year in the Big Ten.”


T-Rank B1G projection

  • 1) Indiana
  • 2) Illinois
  • 3) Michigan State
  • 4) Purdue
  • 5) Michigan
  • 6) Iowa
  • 7)Maryland
  • 8) Rutgers
  • 9) Wisconsin
  • 10) Ohio State
  • 11) Penn State
  • 12) Nebraska
  • 13) Northwestern
  • 14) Minnesota

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