Jeff Gordon: College hoops season brings promise for Illini, questions for other area teams

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Illinois coach Brad Underwood has the only sure thing among the region’s Division I basketball teams. Much of his Big Ten Tournament-winning squad returns, led by center Kofi Cockburn and point guard Andre Curbelo. Despite losing guard Ayo Dosunmu to the NBA, big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili to the G League and shooter Adam Miller to LSU, the Illini were picked third in the league’s preseason poll. Expect to see them back in the NCAA Tournament. They will overcome Cockburn’s silly three-game suspension for premature name, image and likeness sales and settle in nicely. But uncertainty abounds acros…

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