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The NBA’s bubble in Orlando (i.e. Disney) was so profitable school basketball was going to make a go of it, too. “Was” being the operative phrase there. Monday marked the top of that concept, with ESPN saying it was canceling its Orlando bubble that may have been host to eight relocated multi-team occasions.
Testing protocols appeared to have been the tipping level. As in, not everybody agreed to them. If that is not a little bit of an omen for the 2020-21 school basketball season, I do not know what’s. Possibly conference-only seasons are the one reply.
Anyway, no Orlando bubble means an unknown destiny for a possible date on the Illinois basketball schedule. A matchup with Baylor within the Jimmy V Traditional had been rumored for the Illini. Now that recreation wants one other house (if it truly occurs).
The faculty basketball season begins in lower than a month. That Illinois does not have a finalized schedule — a problem additionally going through many, many different groups — is sort of a priority. The Illini’s season might nicely begin with out the complete 27-game slate formally in place, and if school soccer has taught us something it is that having a schedule of video games does not imply you may play all of them.
However let’s attempt to save the potential Illinois-Baylor matchup in early December. That one could possibly be a doozy with each groups, at minimal, prime 10 squads heading into the season.
Illinois has a slew of proficient guards led by Ayo Dosunmu and Trent Frazier. Baylor can counter with Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell. The Bears’ have a glue man/shutdown defender in Mark Important. The Illini’s reply is Da’Monte Williams.
The place Illinois may need the higher hand is Kofi Cockburn. Baylor cannot actually match the 7-foot, 285-pound heart apart from to throw a bunch of men at him like Flo Thamba (keep in mind him?) or freshmen Zach Loveday (too skinny) and Dain Dainja (offers up a number of inches).