The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter
Trent Freakin’ Frazier (01/14/22)

Trent Freakin’ Frazier (01/14/22)

January 14, 2022

It wasn't quite the game we imagined it would be, but thanks to Trent Frazier's heroics and strong contributions from Kofi and Plummer, the Illini close out a big win over Michigan 68-53. Mike Carpenter reacts during a celebratory podcast, and looks ahead to Monday's marquee matchup against Purdue.

Omar Comin’ (01/11/22)

Omar Comin’ (01/11/22)

January 11, 2022

On a night when nothing came easy, Omar Payne saved the day. Illinois beats Nebraska 81-71 behind Trent Frazier's 29 points and major contributions from Payne and Coleman Hawkins off the bench. Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Isaac Ambrose react during an up-and-down second half which ended with a 16-6 closing run by the Illini.

5th Anniversary Spectacular! (01/09/22)

5th Anniversary Spectacular! (01/09/22)

January 9, 2022

Five years ago, The 200 Level premiered on ESPN 93.5. Mike Carpenter takes a quick jaunt down memory lane, from the early radio days with Steve Breitwieser to the podcast version with Trevor Vallese, Harry Black and Isaac Ambrose. Also, he discusses why Illini basketball's win over Maryland is so encouraging going forward, along with a look at Illinois football's new OC Barry Lunney Jr.

Kofi Freakin’ Cockburn (01/06/22)

Kofi Freakin’ Cockburn (01/06/22)

January 6, 2022

Kofi Cockburn helps lead Illinois to a 76-64 win over Maryland with a dominant performance. Mike Carpenter reacts as the Illini overcome a halftime deficit thanks to hot shooting from Trent Frazier and a 2nd-half for the ages from Kofi (16 of his 23 points, 15 of his 18 rebounds). 

Winnesota (01/04/22)

Winnesota (01/04/22)

January 4, 2022

After nearly two weeks off, Illinois basketball returns with a dominating 76-53 win at Minnesota. Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Isaac Ambrose react during the second half as the Illini improve to 3-0 in the Big Ten behind Kofi's double-double and a balanced offensive attack. They also discuss the big news from the football program, as Bret Bielema fires offensive coordinator Tony Petersen.

And We’re Back! (01/03/21)

And We’re Back! (01/03/21)

January 3, 2022

After a stoppage due to the dreaded COVID-19, Illinois basketball is set to return on Tuesday night at Minnesota. Mike Carpenter looks ahead to a very winnable 3 game stretch before a gauntlet of quality opponents (Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State). Can Brad Underwood's Illini get off to a 5-0 conference start and compete for the regular season title?

Tiger Kings (12/22/21)

Tiger Kings (12/22/21)

December 22, 2021

Illinois smokes Missouri 88-63 in the 3rd largest blowout in Braggin' Rights history. Mike Carpenter reacts to the impressive win during the 2nd half as the Illini stretched a 14-point lead into the 30s. Kofi Cockburn dominated with 25 points and 14 rebounds, Plummer dropped 22, and Trent Frazier added 15.

Fourth Time‘s a Charm (12/20/21)

Fourth Time‘s a Charm (12/20/21)

December 20, 2021

Losers of three straight Braggin' Rights games, the Illini look for revenge against a lowly Missouri team. Mike Carpenter discusses why Brad Underwood's squad will win big, the importance of the rivalry, Illinois' offensive renaissance, and the looming specter of COVID interrupting the season.

First Class (12/15/21)

First Class (12/15/21)

December 15, 2021

Bret Bielema inked his first recruiting class at Illinois, a solid group firmly in the middle of the Big Ten West. Mike Carpenter reflects on the first calendar year under Bielema and reasons to be optimistic going forward. Also, a discussion on where Illini basketball fits in a wide-open Big Ten conference, and remembering the 2001 team ahead of their reunion this weekend.

Missed Opportunities (12/12/21)

Missed Opportunities (12/12/21)

December 12, 2021

In front of a raucous crowd at the State Farm Center, Illinois was unable to close things out in a 83-79 loss to Arizona. Mike Carpenter recaps the good (Trent Frazier), bad (turnovers), and the ugly (technical foul) in a thrilling game with an anti-climactic conclusion. As other Big Ten teams fail to impress, where do the Illini fit in to the conference title discussion?

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