Illinois' Bruce Weber reacts along the sideline in first-half NCAA college basketball game action against Wisconsin at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Sunday, March 7, 2010. (AP photo/John Dixon) By John Dixon
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- No one seemed to know quite what to expect out of this year's Illini, a young team that lost four of last year's starters.
It's a safe bet not many people expected this. No. 19 Illinois is a perfect 10-0 with wins under its belt over Gonzaga and Maryland.
Skeptics say the Illini schedule hasn't provided much of a challenge. But Saturday should be a test. Illinois faces UNLV (10-2) in Chicago.
The game will be a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament game that the Illini won. UNLV this season isn't ranked but the Rebels have knocked off North Carolina.