2021-22 Season

Podcast: On the Big Ten preseason rankings, MSU’s expectations, and Illinois vs Everybody

Brendan and Dylan recap Big Ten Media Day including thoughts on Hunter Dickinson versus Illinois, Michigan State’s need for a go-to guy, what to make of the AJ Hoggard/Tyson Walker position battle and other assorted Big Ten takes.

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  1. YpsiTuckyBoy

    @umhoops listened to the podcast Dylan - one question. You guys were talking about Hoggard and Walker, and @bfquinn06 made it sound like one of the two was apparently looking way better than the other in practice. It wasn’t clear which guy looked better though. From the conversation that followed, I assume that he was talking about Walker. Is that right?

  2. umhoops

    Yeah, I think we both agree that MSU needs Walker to be the guy. I’m not sure that BQ has been at an MSU practice yet, pretty sure on the pod he said he was going today.

    There was sort of “anonymous chatter” this offseason saying Hoggard was ahead in the PG race, that’s what we were comparing to Austin/Hunter situation last year a bit.

  3. adamsmit86

    I think Illinois’s season goes with Curbelo. Obviously the people high on Illinois think he flashed enough last year to show he will make the sophomore jump to be the best PG in the Big Ten and the #2 guy at Illinois. But if he is an erratic turnover prone PG who can’t shoot, then I think it will be hard to win the league. They’ll be good for sure, but I think they need Curbelo to be a legit All-Conference dude to be the best. He was great down the stretch last year. The shooting and turnovers just give a little reason for pause. Illinois probably has fewer question marks than Michigan though.

    Ultimately I think it will be a very tight race at the top. Picking someone #1 vs #3 may be a difference of just one game in the W/L column so I don’t necessarily think it’s a slight to whatever team is picked third (Purdue for me).

  4. umhoops

    Yeah. I was just a bit surprised in the perceived differences between Ivey and Curbelo. Both have huge opportunities to be sophomore breakout stars.

  5. kcg

    There’s just no obvious spot where Illinois is primed for regression. Kofi is a cheat code for offensive and defensive 2P% and rebounding. Even with a bad turnover rate and bad free throw shooting they had the #3 offense in the league and they’ve got plenty of shooters on the roster.

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