gO uTeS, Thanks for your post! I agree that Illinois has had an easy schedule, which has helped keep them undefeated, but doesn’t prepare them well for the tournament (the March to the Arch). Their strength of schedule per RPIRatings.com (http://www.rpiratings.com/mensrpi.html ) through last Sunday’s games was 63.
Part of Illinois’ low schedule ranking is due to the Big Ten being down again this year. The Big Ten conference is ranked sixth (listed at the bottom of the web page http://www.rpiratings.com/mensrpi.html
), behind all of the other BCS football conferences. Part of this has to due with playing some fairly big name schools that haven’t performed well: Oregon (@ Chicago), Missouri (@ St. Louis), Georgetown (@ DC) and Arkansas (@ Little Rock). I also heard that Oklahoma St. (RPI rank 5) backed out of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
Illinois has quality wins against Wake Forest (@ Home, RPI rank 2), Gonzaga (@ Indianapolis, RPI rank 11), Wisconsin (@ Madison, RPI rank 18), Michigan St. (@ East Lancing, RPI rank 19), and Cincinnati (@ Las Vegas, RPI rank 23).