Illinois (5-0) battles the Baylor Bears (5-0) at 9:30 pm CST in Las Vegas tonight. After five games, the Illini have been very effective offensively averaging 95.6 PPG. But let’s be honest, the teams they have played have been tomato cans. The real season starts tonight.
Baylor is undefeated and are coming off of a loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen last year, but they have lost three starters that averaged in double figures. Couple that with the offensive barrage the Illini have displayed to date and you would think the Illini would be an 8-10 point favorite. But the Vegas sports book sees tonight as a nail-biter, favoring Illinois by only 2.5 points.
Then the real fun begins. In the next two weeks, Illinois plays #20 Miami, American (should be an easy win), #11 Villanova, and a tough Oregon team that is still getting votes in the coaches poll despite a 3-2 record.
So while the first five games have been a treat, the next two weeks should give us a good indication if the Illini are for real. Can’t wait for the real season to start.