Illini Season Ends at the Hands of Kansas

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Two “Chicago” college basketball teams saw their season end late last night, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were eliminated at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles, and Illinois was bounced from the tourney by the Kansas Jayhawks.

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Illini get Tourney Win, Need to Beat a Higher Seed

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It was a pretty sweet NCAA Tourney win for the Illinois Fighting Illini last night. They absolutely crushed UNLV, and former Illinois Coach Lon Kruger in game that was much more lopsided than the final box score indicates.

And it was their first Tournament win in a half decade. That pretty much makes this season the most successful one in Champaign since 2006. For one night/day at least, all the underachieving, disappointment and failed expectations are put on ice, as this Illini team finally played up to their potential, and showed us what they’re truly capable of.

Now they have to do it again- against a higher seed. And another former Coach in Bill Self.

By Paul M. Banks

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Illinois NCAA Tournament #9 Seed, Playing #8 UNLV, in Tulsa

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The Illini just found out they’re headed to Tulsa take on UNLV Running Rebels from the Mountain West in the first game (second round) of the NCAA Tournament, college basketball’s premier event. They’ll be seeded #9 while their opponent, the Running Rebels are seeded #9.

Yes indeed, they are facing their old Head Coach Lon Kruger.

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

 

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