Illini Get Their NCAA Tournament Draw: #9 Seed, vs #8 UNLV


The Illini are headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on their former coach Lon Kruger and the UNLV Running Rebels in the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament, college basketball's premier event. They'll be seeded #9, the Rebs are seeded eighth.

Illinois own a 2-4 neutral court record this season, all
NCAA Tournament games are played on neutral courts. So consider that
when filling out your brackets this March.

Illinois beaten five opponents who've won their regular season conference title:

UNC, Gonzaga, Oakland, Northern Colorado, and Western Michigan. Those
first four teams are tournament bound. Illinois also has home wins over
these tourney-bound conference brethren: Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Wisconsin Badgers.

They will be seeking their first tourney win since 2006

Illinois ranks second all-time in the Big Ten in NCAA Tournament appearances with 29. They trail only the Indiana Hoosiers. They have the highest all-time winning percentage among Big Ten schools and second behind the Hoosiers in all-time wins.

Written by Paul M. Banks, President and CEO of The Sports, a Midwest webzine. He's also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Tribune's blog network, Walter Football, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports

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