Illini Wonk
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
  Pundit Illini Tournament Predictions
You've heard from the bloggers, now it's time to find out what those who get paid for their prognostications think about the Illini's chances in the NCAA Tournament.

The Fighting Illini fair the best at Sports Illustrated, where six of their seven experts picked the Illini to make the Final Four and five of those six picked them to win the NCAA Tournament title. Those who picked the Illini include Senior Writer Grant Wahl who explains his bracket here and writes the story for the magazine, Writer Stewart Mandel, Senior Writer Alexander Wolff, Senior Writer Kelli Anderson and SI on Campus Writer John Walters.

At CBS Sportsline Gregg Doyel is the only one of their four experts who pick the Illini to win it all and only half of them have the Illini making it to St. Louis.

Only 5 of the 14 experts at Yahoo! Sports pick the Illini to win the title and 8 of the 14 don't even pick them to make it as far as the Final Four. Clark Kellog, Dan Wetzel, Larry Beil, Charles Robinson and Jermey Stone pick Illinois to win.

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