Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Illini Rise To #1

Well, the Illini made the jump. Their dominating blowouts of Gonzaga and #1 (at the time) Wake Forest at the Hall made the voters in both polls sit up and take notice. This counts as the third time that the Illini have found themselves atop the AP poll -- and they're already ahead of the standard set by the other two. In 1952 the Red Kerr-led Illini made it to #1 in January, then turned around and lost their next game at DePaul. In January of 1989 the Flying Illini again made it to #1, only to lose their first game from the perch at Minnesota. This #1 team took care of business last night in their first game as the top dog -- albeit at home against an abysmal Chicago State squad.

The good news about the standard set by those other two #1 teams is that both ended their seasons in the Final Four.


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