Illinois

I-L-L! The team hasn't played this well since the days of Dee Brown and Deron Williams, back when we ended up at the Final Four in 2005. Brandon Paul and Co. have made watching Illini basketball exciting again--as opposed to embarrassing. The Big Ten is tough this year, but this team will fight its way to the top.<br><br>

Leonor Vivanco, RedEye reporter, @lvivanco
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( Chris Sweda/Tribune / January 9, 2013 )

I-L-L! The team hasn't played this well since the days of Dee Brown and Deron Williams, back when we ended up at the Final Four in 2005. Brandon Paul and Co. have made watching Illini basketball exciting again--as opposed to embarrassing. The Big Ten is tough this year, but this team will fight its way to the top.

Leonor Vivanco, RedEye reporter, @lvivanco

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