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Scouting report: Arizona Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini


Arizona's Jawann McClellan struggles to take in the 90-89 overtime loss – following blowing a 15-point lead late in regulation – to Illinois in the Elite Eight on March 26, 2005, in Rosemont, Ill.


Illinois overview: The Illini are on the rise in coach Brad Underwood’s third season, and Sunday’s game will instantly test whether they are worthy of Top 25 consideration.


While Illinois doesn’t go particularly deep, its top six players cover all the bases: Veterans Trent Frazier and Andres Feliz team with NBA prospect Ayo Dosunmo to form one of the Big Ten’s better backcourts, while physically imposing Kofi Cockburn and Georgia forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili are changing the way they play: Last season the Illini mostly went with Bezhanishvili inside and four others outside, but now they have two posts, with the 7-foot Cockburn being massive and mobile.


Illinois' Kofi Cockburn dunks during the second half of the team's NCAA exhibition college basketball game against Lewis on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)


File-This March 14, 2019, file photo shows Illinois head coach Brad Underwood talking to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Iowa in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, in Chicago.


Having played three seasons for Chandler High School – and attracting a scholarship offer from the Wildcats — Illinois guard Tevian Jones had an ideal homecoming set up this weekend with games at GCU and Arizona.






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