Here at court side at Redbird Arena before the two ISUs square off in the home regular-season finale. ISU has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament, avoiding the dreaded play-in round next Thu, and now is trying to finish third in league. This is a winnable game tonight for the Redbirds even though Sycamores are No. 2 in league. Fire away with your questions.
I would say between 4500 and 5000, Baltimore Bird. Not many in seats right now. But usually late arriving. Sure cold weather not gonna help
I would probably say UNI. I started in 2007 and the next year UNI started a pretty good three-year run. ISU lost something like 10 in row to Panthers and have beaten them at least once last couple years, including a couple times in Arch Madness.
Know they are looking at a couple JUCOs in Florida and Oklahoma. Not sure any of them are what you would call a "pure shooter," though. That Bohannon kid from UNI is a pure shooter. So is Ruder from Missouri State.
Tom O'Neill one of the refs tonight. I think I've seen him on TV the last couple days. Man, these guys work a lot of days in a row.
I think that bridge has been burned.
Really, that is a problem all over the country. The only teams that draw well anymore are teams that consistently win. That's what it is going to take here in Bloomington-Normal. Parents are much more into their kids' activities, plus there are so many games available on TV that many would prefer to sit home in front of their 60-inch high-def TVs.
My prediction right now would be UNI vs. SIU in the 3-6 and ISU vs. Missouri State in the 4-5.
For sure it did. I think if Muller can get this thing into high gear next year, the fans will come out. A good nonconference sked next year with Northwestern, VCU and Utah State all coming to RBA will help build momentum towards the conference season. But got to win those games.
Those guys were a little before my time. Ricky Johnson, Rick Lamb, Lou Stefanovic, etc brought the fans into Horton, too, in the early to mid 1980s and then the Muller, Rico Hill, Jamar Smiley group packed into RBA in the mid 1990s.
Really sad hardly any students here tonight.
That was an awesome group.
ISU will owe the tiebreaker against SIU.
They really have no choice but to play zone because of their size. They simply can't match up size wise with most teams if they played strictly man.
If ISU wins tonight and SIU loses, the Redbirds are out of the sixth spot even if they would lose to SIU on Saturday.
I mentioned on Twitter earlier how would ISU fans like Illinois at ISU in the CBI? It could happen. Illini said they would play in CBI and State Farm Center won't be available because it is beginning to be rehabbed right after regular season. That would be awesome having the Illini in RBA. Probably the only way it would ever happen.
I think that would definitely happen.
I haven't asked Dan specifically that question yet. Waiting til next week. But I think with no seniors and most players expected back next season he would want to continue playing and the CBI is better than the CIT.
I don't have my media guide handy. I don't think the Redbirds ever have beat the Illini, but I could be wrong. Would been in the 1920s or 1930s.
I personally didn't think this group had a chance for a .500 season after Middlebrooks' exit, so I would say it has been successful. But would really be successful with a couple more wins and getting to MVC tourney semis. Those experiences will only help next year.
This might be one of the weakest crowds of the year. Too bad. The team has been playing well at home and deserves to have more fans in the stands. Thanks to everyone for participating. We will do again at 2:30 Saturday from Carbondale. You can follow my game reports tonight on Twitter at Pg_Benson.