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Illinois Fighting Illini: This young Fighting Illini team may not peak until the 2010-2011 season, but I like them to surprise everyone similar to the MSU Spartans run last season. Illinois has a dangerous mix of size and speed. Mike Tisdale (7'1, 235) and Mike Davis (6'9, 210) will enter their junior season as two of the best big men in the Big 10 conference. Davis averaged 11 points and 8 rebounds a game while Tisdale added 10 points and 4 rebounds a game. Guard Demetri McCamey led the team in scoring with 11.5 ppg and was sorely missed in the Fighting Illini's first round tournament loss in 2009. It might seem like a reach for Illinois, but don't underestimate Bruce Webber and this rising Fighting Illini squad.
2009 National Champions: Michigan State Spartans
Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans will get the job done in Indianapolis with a much stronger basketball team and against a weaker opponent. No team in 2009-2010 will be as strong as the '08-'09 UNC team, and none will be tough enough to give the Spartans a tournament exit.