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Podcast: Illinois State head coach Dan Muller previews the Redbirds and talks about the challenges of being a mid-major

The Redbirds could be the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley

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I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the preseason is right around the corner. Summer AAU season is over, schedules are coming out, and students will return to campus in a few weeks.

So it’s time to start looking forward to next year, and what better way to do that than by talking to the coach of perhaps the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference?

Illinois State head coach Dan Muller joins the podcast to help us preview the 2018-19 Redbirds. We talk about the returning trio of Phil Fayne, Keyshawn Evans, and Milik Yarbrough, discuss some of the key newcomers, go in-depth on the team’s daunting schedule, and talk a little bit about recruiting and the Rice Commission.

Note: News of yesterday’s NCAA rule changes broke while we were recording this, so it was not addressed on the podcast. Stay tuned to in the coming days for more analysis on how these rules will impact the mid-major world and college basketball as a whole.

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