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A lot will need to go right if the Illini are going to make the NCAA tourney

Updated: March 9, 2010, 9:29 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

The Illinois Fighting Illini might want to shorten that nickname right around now -- or start living up to that first part.

Bruce Weber's team has lost five of six going into the Big Ten tournament, and the Illini will face fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the second-round game. So there is a very good chance Illinois, the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament, will go into Selection Sunday on a four-game losing streak and with an 18-14 record.

That's barely bubble material, ...

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