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Illinois football beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey breaks down this week’s poll — and shares his Top 25 ballot

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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.

Fifty-five years ago on Sunday — Dec. 5, 1966 — Illinois’ basketball team traveled to Lexington, Ky., and defeated coach Adolph Rupp’s third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 98-97 in overtime. Rich Jones, a 6-foot-6-inch forward for the Illini, offset 40 points by UK’s All-America guard Louis Dampie…

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team:

Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your daily dose of college basketball news from Illini beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll offer up insights every morning on Brad Underwood’s team: