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The Illini are surprisingly in second place in the Big Ten -- 17-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference in what is clearly a rebuilding year.
By the 2010-11 season, Illinois should be back in the national championship picture. That's when the current sophomore class (Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale, Alex Legion, Jeff Jordan and Richard Semrau) will be seniors. That group will be playing with the two excellent recruiting classes that are coming in the next two years.
Bruce Weber deserves a lot of credit for looking at himself in the mirror and changing his recruiting strategy. Weber and staff are on their way to securing Illinois' borders. With the talent in this state, that alone is enough to put the program back at the top of the Big Ten in the coming years.