- Scott Powers, Reporter
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Illinois is in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s NCAA tournament field… at least for now.
Lunardi placed the Illini as a No. 10 seed in the East region in his latest bracket on Monday. He has Illinois facing No. 7-seed Cincinnati in the first round with a possible second-round matchup against the winner of No. 2 Duke and No. 15 Long Island.
Illinois (18-11, 8-8) travels to No. 6 Purdue (24-5, 13-3) in a key Big Ten game on Tuesday. The Illini close out their conference schedule with Indiana in Champaign on Saturday.
The Illini are seeded No. 10 in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi's NCAA field.