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Team preview: Illinois State

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM
"Redbird Pride" returned to Normal last winter, but the question is how long will it stay?

Illinois State, at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference only a few years ago, had fallen on hard times until last season's resurgence with a 17-win campaign that almost led to a postseason tournament berth.