2019-2020 IlliniBoard Basketball Preview
I have to say, I got a little fired up writing parts of this preview. Blame the three-game football winning streak. It's not hard for me to get all "and then we'll go to a BOWL GAME and then we'll go to the NCAA TOURNAMENT and then we'll win the COLLEGE WORLD SERIES" and on and on. I'm just so desperate for something to pour my fandom into. Can you blame me?
Here's how the basketball previews work. It's not a tip jar thing like the football preview. We simply make it nine sections - nine individual articles (four written by Tyler, five written by me) - all lined up in order. If you have a subscription, you can read all nine. If you don't have one, pick and choose the five articles you want to read - there's a table of contents on the sidebar.
If you don't have a subscription and you want one, of if you've let yours lapse, well, I'll talk about that because I don't mention it enough. Subscriptions are $24 for unlimited access for the year. Your subscription money pays for everything here, from the photos you see to the gas in Tyler's car as he drives to cover the first game tomorrow night. It's purely a "how about a little something for the effort" system with an intentionally leaky paywall. If you're a long time subscriber, thanks. If you're not, or if you've let it lapse, maybe now is a good time to subscribe. There might be a few Illini things you're going to want to read about in the next few months. Subscription information is available here.
OK, on to the preview. This is more or less one big back-and-forth. I told Tyler a few weeks ago that the goal was around 10,000 words and I just totaled them up: exactly 10,008 words. I should go back in and delete a sentence.
Thanks to Tyler for all his hard work, and thanks to Nathan for editing, and thanks to Brumby for assembling everything. Also, thanks to Ayo and Trent and Giorgi and Kofi and company for giving us so much hope. Let's do this.
Right to it. Click the link below to go to the first section.