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Illinois on right path; Notre Dame, Northwestern have high hopes

Updated: October 16, 2009, 3:33 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

1. Illinois: If Demetri McCamey can consistently be a go-to player … If Alex Legion can get comfortable in the offense this season … If the frontcourt can get some help on the bench … If the freshmen are as good as advertised … There are still some ifs with this Illinois team, but the program is getting closer again to being a national contender. If all those ifs work out, Illinois will be right there for a Big Ten title and has the potential to make a deep NCAA tournament ...

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