Team preview: Illinois State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2005, 12:50 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)


"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.