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>>Illinois At Purdue

(West Lafayette, IN)  --  Coming off their first loss of the season, the Illinois Fighting Illini look to bounce back on the road tomorrow afternoon at Purdue.  The Illini slipped to 21st in this week's "USA Today" poll after a 17-7 home loss to Ohio State last Saturday.  Illinois is 6-and-1 overall and 2-and-1 in the Big Ten.  The Boilermakers lost at Penn State last weekend and are 3-and-3 and 1-and-1.

>>Illini Volleyball Rises To Top of NCAA

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - As a soon-to-be head coach at Illinois in 2007, Kevin Hambly saw in the Illini a slumbering giant.

Hambly convinced heavily recruited Michelle Bartsch from the St. Louis area that his vision just might be right. A stream of talented players followed her to Champaign. Now all of that is paying off.

The undefeated Illini (20-0, 9-0 Big Ten) are No. 1 in the country for the first time in school history. They ended Penn State's unbeaten run at 68 matches, and say they're not done there. Up next is a Saturday night showdown at Nebraska, another Big Ten power that is also 9-0 in league play.

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