Illini Inquirer Podcast

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Ep. 164 - Worth the wait

  • 0:26:59
  • 14 hours ago

Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner and Derek Piper react to Illinois basketball's dominant 122-60 win over North Carolina A&T in the 2020-21 season opener. The guys discuss Adam Miller's freshman debut-record performance (28 points on 6-for-8 from three) and why he and Ayo Dosunmu (28 points, 10 rebounds) are such good match. The guys break down the performanes of all the other Illini, including newcomers Jacob Grandison, Andre Curbelo and Coleman Hawkins. Then the guys discuss what the huge margin of victory actually means and what they want to see during the next few games of this multi-team event.

Episodes of This Show

  • Ep. 163 - Mondays with Mike: Carp's conflict

    • 0:35:04
    • 2 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner chats with The 200 Level's Mike Carpenter about Illinois football's win at Nebraska and how a two-game win streak has created conflict for Carp, a diehard Illini fan. The guys dive into Brandon Peters' performance and what his return means for the rest of the season, as well as what the team can expect with three tough games remaining on the schedule. Carp finishes the podcast with what he wants to see from Illinois basketball with three games in three days this week.

  • Ep. 162 - The case for and against 2020-21 Illini basketball

    • 0:54:07
    • 2 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner and Derek Piper give an in-depth season preview of the 2020-21 Illinois basketball season. The guys discuss all the reasons Illinois should be the Big Ten favorite and a national title contender. But the guys also discuss question marks about Illinois that could prevent them from reaching such heights.

  • Ep. 161 - Good game, Nebraska

    • 0:32:27
    • 4 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner and Gavin Good react from Lincoln (Neb.) to Illinois football's 41-23 win over Nebraska. The guys break down Brandon Peters' big day leading the offense, the defense going full Lovie Ball and some big special-teams plays, including Blake Hayes' fake-punt run. Then the guys chat about what back-to-back wins mean for the program and hot-seat talk in the Big Ten.

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  • Ep. 160 - Can Illini crack the Cornhuskers?

    • 0:28:30
    • 5 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner previews Saturday's matchup at Nebraska with Husker247 writer Mike Schaefer. The guys discuss third-year coach Scott Frost, Nebraska's quarterback change, defensive improvements and the keys to Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff.

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  • Ep. 159 - Reilly O'Toole on Illini's QB dilemma

    • 0:40:49
    • 7 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner chats with former Illinois QB Reilly O'Toole about the dynamics of a Big Ten quarterback room and the Illini's current dilemma of whether the Illini roll with senior starter Brandon Peters or talented freshman Isaiah Williams heading into the Nebraska game. The guys also talk about the challenges of rotating quarterbacks or making a starter change.

  • Ep. 158 - Mondays with Mike: Panic level in 2021? BP or One?

    • 0:31:14
    • 8 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner chats with The 200 Level's Michael Carpenter about the latest in Illini athletics. The guys chat about their concern levels in the Illinois basketball Class of 2021 after missing out on TyTy Washington, who committed to Creighton. The guys then react to Illinois football's win over Rutgers win, what it means for the rest of the season and whether Illinois should start Brandon Peters or Isaiah Williams at Nebraska.

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  • Ep. 157 - Trust the process?

    • 0:32:14
    • 9 days ago

    Coming off yet another disappointing recruiting loss, Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner and Derek Piper discuss why Illinois basketball has struggled to land priority targets in the Class of 2021. The guys discuss whether the pandemic negatively impacted the Illini's ability to capitalize on a breakthrough 2019-20 season, whether its improved roster has actually hurt them and if Brad Underwood and his staff need to change their approach.

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  • Ep. 156 - 'One' step up

    • 0:31:54
    • 11 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner chats with's Robert Rosenthal from New Jersey to react to Illinois football's 23-20 win at Rutgers. The guys discuss what the first win of the season means for the short- and long-term of the program, what Isaiah Williams brought to the offense and whether he should start next week, and how the defense stepped up late with takeaways. The guys then discuss what they need to see during the back half of the season.

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  • Ep. 155 - J Leman has no defense for Illini

    • 0:42:24
    • 14 days ago

    Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner chats with Illini great and BTN analyst J Leman about Illinois football's 0-3 start. The guys break down why Lovie Smith's defense has struggled so much during his tenure, why Rod Smith's offense has struggled this season and the overall state of the program.

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