According to this article on ESPN, the strong guard play on our team helps to make us the favorite to win the NCAA tournament. It even goes so far as to say we have the best backcourt in all of college basketball and states "Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke are the new Dereck Whittenburg and Sidney Lowe, maybe better." It also goes on to list several other guards and it's a pretty good read.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."