Illinois Basketball: 5 Biggest Lessons Learned in B1G Season

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Illinois Basketball: 5 Biggest Lessons Learned in B1G Season
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Illinois has been the most enigmatic team in college basketball in the 2012-13 season. After an unbeaten start that included wins over Butler and Gonzaga, Illinois' first taste of defeat came against rival Missouri, though that wasn't much cause for concern.

The 2-7 Big Ten start that followed the loss to Mizzou was more than concerning, however, as the Illini fell from a top-10 team just weeks before to the 10th place team in the deep Big Ten Conference.

Adding a buzzer-beating win against top-ranked Indiana and getting revenge on the road against a Minnesota team that already had defeated the Illini has Illinois back in the field of 68 for the time being.

Can Illinois continue their recent success for the final seven league games heading into the Big Ten Tournament? Or will the Illini fade, the same way they did a year ago, and not hear their name called on Selection Sunday?

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