Illini face first big test at Vanderbilt -

Illini face first big test at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Illinois' basketball team is 2-0 after opening the season with a pair of wins over teams they expected to beat.

Thursday night, the Illini will face their first real test of the season when they play at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores aren't quite the team that won 26 times last season. Only two starters are back.

But Vanderbilt figures to be a stiffer test than Eastern Washington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the teams the Illini have beaten so far.

Guard Trent Meacham is leading the Illini so far with 16 points a game. Forward Mike Davis is averaging 13 a game after scoring 20 against A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.

Vanderbilt is 1-0 after a win over Morehead State.

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APTV 11-20-08 1018CST

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