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Salukis creeping up in Illinois college basketball rankings

Updated: December 19, 2009, 3:13 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

1. Northwestern (8-1) -- The Wildcats cruised to two 30-point-plus wins over North Carolina A&T and North Florida in the past week. Northwestern's schedule does pick up from now on. Stanford comes into town on Saturday, and it kicks off the Big Ten season at Illinois on Dec. 30. Those are both key games for the Wildcats to prove their doubters wrong. (previously ranked #1)

2. Illinois (8-2) -- The Illini disposed of Western Michigan easily in a 35-point win on Sunday. Like Northwestern, ...

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