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Weber: Too early for Illini to worry about NCAAs

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Illinois coach Bruce Weber yells to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Indiana won 52-49. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) By Darron Cummings Illinois coach Bruce Weber yells to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Indiana won 52-49. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) By Darron Cummings

 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber says it's too early to worry about whether the struggling Illini could miss this year's NCAA Tournament.  

Illinois (15-8, 5-5 Big Ten) has lost five of its last seven games and dropped out of the Top 25. The defeats include a tough-to-take loss Saturday to a Northwestern team that's just one game above the conference cellar.  

Weber said Tuesday the Illini are still in what he called great shape with eight games to play and a solid RPI. The NCAA puts the Illini at 37th in the country.  

Illinois missed last year's NCAA Tournament with a 19-14 record. It was the second time the Illini were left out of the tournament in three seasons.  

Weber said some lineup changes are possible Thursday at Minnesota.  

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