The University of Illinois basketball program has experienced just about every emotion possible over the last eight to 10 years. It started with that unequaled joy of a Final Four run followed by a bitter lost to UNC in that national championship. Then there was the unrivaled anger of the Eric Gordon incident, which led to the pain of years of underachieving talent (I'm looking at you Demetri McCamey).
But finally there is hope.
Cancerous veteran leadership that has held this team back for years is gone and multiple top recruiting classes have taken their place. Finally, Illini fans are beginning to see glimpses of the bright future that this team has in store as their boys have posted a 14-3 record this year (3-1 in the Big Ten).
So without any further ado, I present the seven keys that have lead to Illinois' early season success and the program's overall turnaround.