No. 1 seed Illinois beats Drexel, 78-49, in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — The upbeat pep bands blaring when teams need a lift. Acrobatic cheerleaders flipping across the court during timeouts. Crowds roaring so loud it overwhelms the senses. None of that pomp is at the NCAA Tournament this year, of course. The atmosphere at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, with only 1,200 fans Friday afternoon because of COVID-19 restrictions, made the first-round game between No. 1 seed Illinois and No. 16 Drexel feel a little like an exhibition game. So did the way the Illini played. They rolled to a 78-49 victory in their first NCAA Tournament game since 2013. Of course, …

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