The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter is a weekly podcast focusing on Fighting Illini basketball and football.
It's a tale of two teams, as the Illini put in their worst performance of the year against a hungry Michigan State team. Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese, Isaac Ambrose and Andrew Wilson react during a positively stinky second half.
Triple Dos (02/20/21)
He did it again. Ayo Dosunmu notches his second triple-double in 2 weeks as the Illini smoke Minnesota 94-63. Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Issac Ambrose react during an immensely entertaining second half as Brad Underwood's squad makes a statement on national TV.
The 5th-ranked Illini are about to hit the road for awhile, beginning with a tough matchup at Minnesota. Mike Carpenter discusses Ayo's spectacular season, the remaining schedule, and how this team's legacy will be defined by the moments ahead. Also, Carp is excited that Bret Bielema's tenure will begin at Memorial Stadium instead of Dublin.
Déjà Buie (02/16/21)
Bad opponent, close game, late heroics . . . rinse and repeat. Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Isaac Ambrose react during an Illini win over Northwestern in which Ayo Dosunmu saved the day late and moved their conference record to 11-3.
2 Legit 2 Quit (02/14/21)
After a close call in Nebraska, Illini basketball finds themselves as the top 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mike Carpenter discusses the near-miss on Friday, if Ayo is having the best individual season in program history, diminishing chances of a Big Ten crown, and a social media spat with Michigan fans.
The Stupidest Game Ever Played, Part Two (02/12/21)
That . . . was close. Illinois survives in overtime against Nebraska thanks to another Herculean effort by Ayo Dosunmu. Mike Carpenter, Trevor Vallese and Isaac Ambrose try to maintain their composure during a frustrating (yet ultimately relieving) win.