Illini Heading to Austin

No. 7 Illinois will play 10-seed Colorado in Austin, Texas on Friday.

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois received the 7-seed in the East Region and will play Colorado Friday, March 22 in Austin, Texas.

Entering Sunday, the Illini were projected as potential to be a 7-10 seed by numerous media pundits. The NCAA Selection Committee thought highly of John Groce's team, giving it a best-possible seed according to how their season played out.

Colorado (21-11, 10-8 Pac 12) finished fifth in the Pac-12 and lost to Arizona in it's opening game of the conference tournament.

The notable out-of-conference wins by the Buffalos were Baylor and Colorado State, a 9-seed in the tournament.

Kansas defeated Colorado 90-54 in early December. In total, the Buffaloes were 4-5 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament.

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