Lunardi believes Illinois can stop worrying

March, 13, 2011
3/13/11
1:07
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Illinois is worried about its NCAA tournament chances.

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi says there's no reason to worry.

Lunardi has Illinois locked into the NCAA tournament in his latest bracketology on Sunday. The Illini are No. 41 out of the 45 teams Lunardi believes has a 90 percent chance or better to be included in the tournament field.

Lunardi has Illinois as a No. 11 seed playing No. 6 UNLV in Tampa, Fla. in the opening round of the East bracket.
Notre Dame continued to be a No. 1 seed in Sunday's bracketology. They Irish are predicted to play No. 16 Akron in Chicago in the Southeast region.

Seven Big Ten teams also remained in Sunday's bracket. Illinois is joined by Ohio State (No. 1 seed), Purdue (No. 4), Wisconsin (No. 4), Michigan (No. 11), Michigan State (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 12).
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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