As the No. 1 seed in 2021, Illinois Fighting Illini bowed early to the No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago Ramblers in the 2nd round a season ago.
Now, as the fourth seed, they will be looking to avoid another early loss to 13-seeded Chattanooga Mocs in the Midwest region.
Here are the details of Illini’s first game:
Illinois launches their NCAA Tournament at PPG Points Arena on Friday afternoon at 7:50 p.m. EST.
If they do move forward, they will face the Houston Cougars’ winner number 5 against the 12th seed UAB Blazers.
Total: 136 (Above -110/Under -110)
If you can forget, the Mocs entered the statement dance with an ages-appropriate buzzer during the Southern Conference Tournament.
The Mocs are a quality team, ranked 68th overall KenPom ranks with 55th most effective adjusted crime in the country. Illini, despite collecting the top seed in the Big Ten, fell in their opening round to place 9th Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament. Maybe they’re on a nasty alert?
I do not think so.
Illinois has been an excellent all-round team throughout the season, ranking as effective team adjusted 20 and 30 at both ends of the floor. They will also have a second round loss last year as one of the top teams in the country always in mind.
With everyone looking forward to the Mocs, I believe this is the time to erase the public and return to Illinois to close in and get ahead in Round 1.
LEAN: Illinois -8 (-110)
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