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Toughest stretch ahead for No. 1 Illinois

Updated: February 10, 2010, 11:49 AM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

1. Illinois (16-8): The Illini likely saved their season with their win over Michigan State on Saturday. Illinois is on a roll as it has won its past four games and is 8-3 in the conference, but its schedule is one of the toughest in the country from here on out. The Illini's next seven games include two against No. 16 Ohio State, two against No. 13 Wisconsin and one against No. 6 Purdue. They also travel to Michigan and host Minnesota. If Demetri McCamey continues to dominate, Illinois should ...

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