CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Illinois Fighting Illini can breathe again.
After bracing for a second straight year of bad news, the Illini discovered Sunday they will be one of the 68 teams playing in this year's NCAA tournament. The Illini were given a No. 9 seed and will play No. 8-seeded UNLV in Tulsa, Okla. in the Southwest region on Friday.