Just outside the Top 25 this week, Illinois will go back in next week .... if it beats Arizona at home on Saturday. Tall order to be sure, but doable. The polls don't mean a thing when it comes to the NCAA tournament. But fans like them, so I do too.

Just outside the Top 25 this week, Illinois will go back in next week .... if it beats Arizona at home on Saturday. Tall order to be sure, but doable. The polls don't mean a thing when it comes to the NCAA tournament. But fans like them, so I do too.

Illinois signee Ty Rodgers is living up to the hype in his first, and only season, playing high school basketball in the Land of Lincoln. And Rodgers anticipates delivering on the potential when he arrives to play for Brad Underwood and the Illini next season.

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