Hoosier fans were hoping that their main rivals would be crippled with the departure of National Coach of the Year, Bruce Weber. Unfortunately for them, the Illini program doesn't unravel like the Hoosier program did. The Illini squad is loaded under their three guard system. Paul and DJ Richardson bring the best backcourt to the Big Ten and a surprisingly consistent front court of Tyler Griffey, Tracey Abrams, and Egwu. This is the best three point shooting team in the Big Ten. It's also the best free throw shooting team (shot 85% in Maui tournament) and it's also the best ball-handling team in the Big Ten. They will be ranked on Monday and may well go undefeated through their first 15 games. A national championship is within reach for first-year coach Jim Croce. meow!!!