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Senior G Demetri McCamey has led the Illinois Fighting Illini to an outstanding 10-1 start including an upset over the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Texas is the only team to beat the Illini so far this year, and it was by six points in Austin. This being said, Illinois beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-67 at home.
Despite their road loss to the Longhorns, the Illini look like the next best team behind Ohio State in the race for a Big Ten Championship.
Head coach Bruce Weber's squad seems to have one major weakness, which was made painfully obvious in the game against UT, though and that is their weak defense.
Their high-octane offense should be able to wear down their opponent throughout the 40 minutes of each game, though, making things a bit easier on the defensive end.
Senior G Demetri McCamey has led the way for the Illini averaging 15.8 ppg, 7.3 apg, 3.4 rpg and 1.2 spg. His best performance helped propel the Illini to a 74-63 win at home against Oakland. He posted 30 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Another key contributor is senior C Mike Tisdale, the leading rebounder and blocker for the Illini, with 7.2 rpg and 1.7 bpg. He also contributes a decent amount to the offensive success of the team with an average of 11.0 ppg and 1.4 apg.
The Illinois Fighting Illini should be able to put up a good fight against the Buckeyes for the Big Ten Conference championship this year. They aren't national championship-caliber, but they should be able to make a solid run at the NCAA tournament.
If they get good matchups they could possibly make it all the way to the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight.