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    Illinois Listed Sixth in ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings
    Illinois is No. 6 in the ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings.

    Illinois is No. 6 in the ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings.

    Oct. 5, 2009

    Champaign, Ill. - ESPN has published a new book, the College Basketball Encyclopedia, which chronicles the players, coaches and teams throughout the history of the sport. As part of that book, Jeff Sagarin applied his computer ratings formula to produce an all-time rankings list for NCAA Division I teams, dating back to the 1938 season when the first NCAA Championship was held.

    Illinois is at No. 6 on the ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings. Eight of the Top 15 teams, meanwhile, are from the Big Ten. In addition to the all-time list for all 330 teams, Top 40 rankings were determined by decade. Illinois checked in at No. 3 in the 1940s, No. 2 in the '50s, No. 12 in the '60s, No. 4 in the '80s, No. 29 in the '90s, and No. 6 in the 2000s.

    Following is the Top 25 from the ESPN/Sagarin All-Time College Basketball Rankings
    1. Kentucky
    2. UCLA
    3. Kansas
    4. North Carolina
    5. Indiana
    6. ILLINOIS
    7. Duke
    8. Purdue
    9. Ohio State
    10. Iowa
    11. Louisville
    12. Notre Dame
    13. Michigan
    14. Minnesota
    15. Michigan State
    16. St. John's
    17. Cincinnati
    18. Oklahoma State
    19. Utah
    20. Oklahoma
    21. Villanova
    22. N.C. State
    23. Syracuse
    24. Marquette
    25. Southern California

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