Illinois coach Brad Underwood says he expects replacement game after Michigan postponement
Illinois coach Brad Underwood said on Saturday afternoon that he expects the Big Ten to adjust the Illini’s schedule to include an additional game in the next couple weeks.
Due to Illinois’ game vs. Michigan on Feb. 11 being postponed, the Illini are currently not scheduled to play again until Feb. 16. That would create a 10-day layoff for Underwood’s club.
#illini Brad Underwood expects a game between now and Northwestern.
— Joey Wagner (@mrwagner25) February 6, 2021
The Illinois coach made these remarks following his teams’ 75-60 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. Ayo Dosunmu recorded Illinois’ first triple double in over 20 years — 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
Center Kofi Cockburn was also sensational, adding 23 points and 12 boards.
Illinois is establishing itself as one of the best teams in the country. The No. 12 Illini should rise considerably in next week’s AP Poll after wins over the Badgers and Indiana this week.
According to KenPom.com, the Illini are currently the No. 4 team in the country behind only Baylor, Gonzaga and Michigan. The Wolverines haven’t played since Jan. 22 due to a COVID-19 related shutdown.
It will be interesting to see if the Big Ten is able to find another game for Illinois to play next week, and who that opponent could be. Illinois is still in the mix for a No. 1 seed, but it will likely need multiple ranked wins down the stretch in order to reach that level.