Illinois' Brad Underwood still upset with last year's B1G title: 'Everyone knows we got shafted'
Brad Underwood still hasn’t gotten over it completely. He still believes last year’s Illinois team deserved to be recognized as the regular season champion of the B1G, even if it meant sharing with Michigan.
Heading into the final two games of the regular season this year, Illinois still has a chance to claim a share of the conference crown. The Illini will need to beat both Penn State and Iowa, as well as Nebraska to beat Wisconsin, to claim a title.
Talking about last year’s debacle, it was clear that it still bothers the Illinois head coach.
“Everyone in the world knows we got shafted,” Underwood said, per Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer. “That’s maybe not the right word. The right break maybe.”
Last year's lack of a share of the B1G title still sticks in the craw of #illini Brad Underwood: "Everyone in the world knows we got shafted. …That's maybe not the right word. The right break maybe."
Said that's why they were so focused on winning the Big Ten Tournament.
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) March 2, 2022
Michigan was named the B1G regular season champion last year, having the highest winning percentage at 14-3 (.824). However, Illinois played all 20 conference games, finished 16-4 and won the head-to-head against Michigan.
The B1G stood by its decision to claim Michigan the outright conference champion because of the winning percentage. Illinois went on to win the B1G Tournament.
Thankfully for Underwood and the Illini, there will be no controversy in determining a champion this time.