It took some late game heroics from Ayo Dosunmu and was too close for comfort against Ohio, but the Illini basketball team remained undefeated and opened this week with a #5 ranking ahead of Wednesday’s showdown with Baylor (#2). If that wasn’t crazy enough, this is wild:

It’s a big week. On the latest episode of The 200 Level, Mike takes a look at last week’s MTE and previews the road ahead, which looks pretty daunting.

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He's Baaack! (07/16/21) The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter

Kofi Cockburn is coming back to Illinois for his junior season, capping off a roller coaster of an offseason for Brad Underwood's program. Mike Carpenter reacts to the huge news, lofty expectations for the 2022 team, and how this bodes well for future recruiting in the NIL era.

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