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The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter is a podcast focusing on Fighting Illini basketball and football from the fan’s perspective.

The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter: A Fighting Illini Fan Podcast Mike Carpenter

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    • 4.6 • 171 Ratings

The 200 Level with Mike Carpenter is a podcast focusing on Fighting Illini basketball and football from the fan’s perspective.

    Euro Trip (05/06/24)

    Euro Trip (05/06/24)

    Brad Underwood finds his rim-protecting, 3-point-shooting big after a trip to Europe, landing 7'1" Tomislav Ivisic from Croatia. Mike Carpenter reacts to the new commit which solidifies a revamped, versatile frontcourt with Ben Humichrous, Carey Booth, and Morez Johnson. He also reacts to the latest in the Terrence Shannon Jr. case, along with a look at the state of Illini football after spring practice.

    • 48 min
    Dr. Underwood (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Transfer Portal) (04/18/24)

    Dr. Underwood (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Transfer Portal) (04/18/24)

    Transfer portal season is fully underway, and Brad Underwood has already bolstered the 2024-25 Illini basketball roster. Mike Carpenter discusses the additions of Kylan Boswell, Jake Davis, Tre White, and Carey Booth, along with the needs for a scorer after Dante Maddox and AJ Storr go elsewhere. Also, he talks about the hot rumor of an assistant coach returning to Champaign. Finally, a brief rant on Illinois football ahead of Saturday's spring game.

    • 46 min
    Portal Kombat (04/10/24)

    Portal Kombat (04/10/24)

    Portal season has begun, and Illinois basketball has a lot of work ahead of them. Mike Carpenter reacts to the surprise commitment of Tre White, a sophomore wing from Louisville. He then discusses the biggest names circulating in the rumor mill, from hometown kid Kylan Boswell to AJ Storr, Dante Maddox, and Carey Booth. Over the next few weeks, how will Brad Underwood's roster take shape?

    • 52 min
    What a Season! (04/03/24)

    What a Season! (04/03/24)

    The 2024 Illinois basketball season is over, and what a memorable season it was. Mike Carpenter reflects on the 29-win team that grabbed a Big Ten Tournament Championship and made it to their first Elite Eight in 19 years. He discusses how this group of players and Brad Underwood injected fun back into the program, while setting it up for success in the years to come.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    From Sweet to Elite (03/29/24)

    From Sweet to Elite (03/29/24)

    The Illinois Fighting Illini are Elite Eight Bound! They beat Iowa State 72-69 in a game they never trailed, landing counter-punches to every Cyclones run. Mike Carpenter, Isaac Ambrose, Kenton Elmore, and a crew of Illini fans react to the thrilling second half which included key contributions from Terrence Shannon Jr, Dain Dainja, Luke Goode, and the supporting cast. Next up: top overall seed UConn on Saturday evening!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    How Sweet It Is! (03/25/24)

    How Sweet It Is! (03/25/24)

    Illini fans are reveling in their team's first Sweet Sixteen appearance in 19 years ahead of Thursday's marquee matchup against Iowa State. Mike Carpenter discusses Illinois' thrilling run through the month of March, and how this season has provided ultimate validation for Brad Underwood. He opens up the listener mailbag to see how fans are feeling heading into this weekend's games in Boston, and how they think Illinois will fare against the Cyclones and potential Elight Eight opponent.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

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Carp produces a great hour-ish sports talk type show. This is much better researched and even keeled than most. He also has some interesting tales

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Fun Pod

Mike speaks like a true Illini fan. Love listening to his pod on the way to and from work. Knowledgeable, well spoken and keeps it real. Keep doing what you do!



Mike is great. A real Illini fan with emotions who does a fantastic job of explaining what happened in a basketball or football game from a fans perspective. Download

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