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State of the state of Illinois hoops

Erratic seasons should ensure Illinois won't be well represented in NCAA Tournament

Updated: January 28, 2010, 2:15 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Back in 1985, the state of Illinois was at its peak in college basketball.

With Lou Henson coaching at Illinois, Joey Meyer at DePaul, Gene Sullivan at Loyola and Bob Donewald at Illinois State, the state placed four teams in the NCAA Tournament, the most in Illinois history.

From 1969-1975, the state was at its lowest. Not a single program from Illinois reached the NCAA Tournament during that time.

In recent history, the state has had a representative every year other ...

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