The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter
Terp Derp (12/02/22)

Terp Derp (12/02/22)

December 2, 2022

Maryland continues to be the thorn in Brad Underwood's side with a 71-66 win over Illinois. Mike Carpenter reacts during the second half, which saw the Illini grit things out and even tie it up late. Ultimately, Kevin Willard's Terrapins were too much to handle, but it's clear these two teams will be vying for the top of the Big Ten. While there are no such things as moral victories at this point, things are still trending well for Illini basketball.

Orange Krushed (11/29/22)

Orange Krushed (11/29/22)

November 29, 2022

Behind a dominant 2nd half performance and Coleman Hawkins' triple-double, Illini basketball smokes Syracuse 73-44. Mike Carpenter reacts during Illinois' onslaught, marveling at their relentless defensive effort and myriad of scoring options. Up next: the Big Ten opener at 22nd-ranked Maryland.

Eight is Enough (11/27/22)

Eight is Enough (11/27/22)

November 27, 2022

Illinois football ends a 3-game skid with an emphatic 41-3 win over Northwestern, completing an 8-4 regular season. Mike Carpenter reflects on Bret Bielema's 2nd season, and how despite a disappointing November, the program is set up for both immediate and long-term success.

Silver Linings (11/21/22)

Silver Linings (11/21/22)

November 21, 2022

Normally, a weekend in which Illini football and basketball 1-2 would be a disappointment. Instead, Mike Carpenter finds silver linings in both, including an impressive showing by Brad Underwood's basketball team in Vegas and the near-upset in Ann Arbor by Bielema's football squad. Maybe it's because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but at The 200 Level, we're feeling gratitude.

The Great Pivot (11/16/22)

The Great Pivot (11/16/22)

November 16, 2022

It's that time of year when Illini fans pivot from football to basketball season. Mike Carpenter discusses how the disappointment of Illinois football's last two games has been tempered by an impressive start by Brad Underwood's team. Heading into a big weekend, he looks at the chances for both programs to make a statement.

Trainwreck (11/13/22)

Trainwreck (11/13/22)

November 13, 2022

Illinois football squanders a huge opportunity, losing their second home game in a row along with control of the Big Ten West. Mike Carpenter reacts after the 31-24 loss to Purdue, and discusses the myriad of issues facing this Illini football program - from the on-field performance to continually disappointing its fan base.

Just Due It (11/10/22)

Just Due It (11/10/22)

November 10, 2022

Everything Illinois football hopes to achieve is still right in front of them, beginning with the biggest game of the year. Mike Carpenter discusses the decisive nature of Saturday's matchup against Purdue, and the factors going for and against the Illini. With the opportunity to take control of the division, how will Bret Bielema's team respond after last week's disappointment?

Shiny New Toys (11/07/22)

Shiny New Toys (11/07/22)

November 7, 2022

Illini basketball cruises to a season-opening 87-57 win over Eastern Illinois. Mike Carpenter reacts to Terrence Shannon and Coleman Hawkins' impressive offensive showings, Sincere Harris' explosive debut, and Dain Dainja's double-double. Illinois basketball takes the court again Friday night to face Kansas City.

Dadgummit (11/06/22)

Dadgummit (11/06/22)

November 6, 2022

Sloppy play and an inspired opponent lead to Illinois football's 2nd loss of the season. Mike Carpenter recaps a disappointing Dad's Day, with the Illini losing 23-15 to the Michigan State Spartans. While some loftier goals look to be out of reach, Bret Bielema's team still controls its destiny in the Big Ten West, and have an opportunity to take control of the division this Saturday against Purdue.

Home Sweet Home (11/02/22)

Home Sweet Home (11/02/22)

November 2, 2022

This is it. Two home games for the Big Ten West. Mike Carpenter looks ahead to Illini football's two-game swing of Michigan State and Purdue, and how Bret Bielema's team can take care of business to secure a trip to Indy. He provides an updated gameday forecast from Chambana Weather, and discusses what the tailgate lots and Memorial Stadium will feel like with a packed house once again.

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