Blogger Illini Tournament Predictions
The entire premise behind blogs is to allow people to give their opinions and the brackets exist so anyone can register their opinion on who will win the NCAA tournament. Mix the two together and you have an opinionated bunch of posts. Here's some of the blogosphere's take on the Illini's chances in the NCAA Tournament:Stormin' the Court
predicts Illinois to win the Chicago Regional
in OT over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. At All Sports All The Time
, Aspen says Illinois should make the Final Four
. Chris, of Ceebs in Chicago believes Illini Nation should book their hotel rooms in St. Louis
. Someone nicknamed sportsguy
picks Illinois over UNC in the championship game and Jay
has Illinois in the Final Four with Duke, Wake Forest and another one he forgot. At Diarrhea of the Mouth, Rufio says My brain says the eventual winner of the Chicago region will be the Illini, but my heart is always with the Cats
. Sportszilla and the Jabber Jocks
goes out on a limb and predicts the Illini
in their first-round game. According to Guy, everyone knows THE ILLINI ARE GOING TO WIN!!!!
There were a couple of blogs who apparently didn't get Guy's message, as Screamindemon
says Salim Stoudamire and the Wildcats will beat the Illini
. Also, in selections based on the team mascots, Electric Commentary claims the Cowboys will knock off the Illini
. Concurring with Electric Commentary, albeit for slightly different reasons, is Canadian Bacon and Basketball
, who also has Ok. St. beating the Illini for a trip to the Final Four.
On the more informative end of things, golgafrinchan created a system
to calculate the likelihood that one NCAA men’s basketball team beats another. He doesn't post his math, but comes up with a better than 50 percent chance that Illinois wins the championship. His conclusion? Don’t bet against the Illini!
As for Illini Wonk? I'm not sure about golgafrinchan's math, but I agree with his conclusion. Let's start the March to the Arch!
UPDATE: Ben Silverman
, who's PR Fuel
is a regular read of mine, bases his pick on TradeSports.com
and places his bet on Illinois just before the tip-off of the first game.