Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:
Andy Katz released his first Power 36 of the 2020-21 college basketball season Tuesday. It came as absolutely no surprise that the Big Ten Network/FOX Sports/NCAA analyst had Illinois ranked at No. 4. Higher than any other national writer or analyst has ranked the Illini in various early versions of their preseason top 25.
“The Illini were the biggest winners of the early-entry NBA draft process with the return of Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn,” Katz wrote. “Brad Underwood has this squad believing in their ability to win on the road and close games.”
As always, I’ve got a few…