Illinois gets desired path to St. Louis
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[MARCH 14, 2005]
Chicago to St. Louis? Are you kidding me? We in Illini Nation
couldn’t ask for much more than this. The path is set, the game
times will be announced shortly, and the NCAA Tournament is here.
Illinois will play sometime on Thursday in Indianapolis against No.
16 seed Farleigh Dickinson and should meet the winner of Texas vs.
Nevada on Saturday for the right to move on to the regionals in
Chicago. The games in Chicago will be played on Thursday, March 24,
and Saturday, March 26, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Final
Four Saturday will take place at the Edward Jones Dome in Saint
Louis on Saturday, April 2.
Other teams of note in the Chicago
Regional include second seed Oklahoma State, a Final Four squad from
last year, along with third-seeded Arizona and fourth-seeded Boston
The Illini should
leave for Indianapolis sometime on Tuesday and most likely will play
in the evening session Thursday in order to be featured by CBS in
The other No. 1 seeds in the tourney
are North Carolina (Syracuse Regional), Duke (Austin Regional) and
Washington (Albuquerque Regional). The Tar Heels and Blue Devils
were expected to get No. 1s, but Washington caught the LDN by
complete surprise. Kentucky looked poised to earn the fourth No. 1
seed but fell apart Sunday in the second half of the SEC tourney and
lost by 17 to Florida. UK is the second seed in the Austin Regional.
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Other surprises included Louisville,
the No. 6 team in both polls, being dropped to a fourth seed and
Connecticut getting a second seed. UConn is a team that lost in its
conference tourney Saturday and was very up and down for most of the
year, The Big Ten received five bids, with Illinois joined by
Michigan State (No. 5 seed), Wisconsin (No. 6 seed), Minnesota (No.
8 seed) and Iowa (No. 10 seed). Midwest teams whose bubbles burst on
Sunday include Indiana, DePaul and Notre Dame.