Big Ten Tournament champion Illinois gets a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — The ladders came out quickly. The brackets were waiting, after all. Illinois snipped down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Illini hustled off to hear their name called as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was a historic Sunday for the Illini. Illinois won the Big Ten Tournament championship for the first time since 2005 with a 91-88 overtime victory against Ohio State. That 2005 Illini team played in the national championship team — something this one aims to replicate except with a title. Third-ranked Illinois has been on a tear and will take a seven-game winning …

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