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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