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

INDIANAPOLIS — The drought officially ended Friday as Illinois made the most of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013. The top-seeded Illini dominated No. 16 seed Drexel, 78-49, at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Illini (24-6) will play in Sunday’s second round against either No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago or No. 9 seed Georgia Tech, who play later Friday afternoon. Illinois started sluggishly, shooting just 1 of 6 as Drexel made 3-pointers and outhustled the Illini on the boards. The Illini soon found the accelerator, shooting 58.1% for the game. Drexel players won’t easily forget their af…

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