The other No. 1 in Illinois
The Fighting Illini are not the only top-rated college basketball team in the state of Illinois. Pantagraph
Sports columnist Randy Kindred writes about the University of Illinois and Division III Illinois Wesleyan (located in Bloomington, about about 50 miles from Champaign), both ranked #1 in their respective polls. Kindred speculates here
about the prospects of both of them winning the national championship, which has only been done once by a state before.
However, Illini Wonk's alma mater, Wheaton College had other ideas as they defeated Wesleyan
86-74 this week. While Wesleyan is certain to drop from their perch atop the poll, the 9th ranked Wheaton Thunder will no doubt move up.
As an aside, the CCIW is one of the best Division III conferences in the nation. Illini Wonk has been to games in Wheaton and Bloomington and if you're having trouble getting tickets to the Fighting Illini, you could do worse than seeing one of these two teams play.