Illinois Basketball: NCAA Tournament Appearance Could End Embarrassingly

The good news for the Fighting Illini is that, despite choking in the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan, they still got what they wanted: a trip to the NCAA big dance.

But when I looked at the bracket, I thought to myself, "it's just that kind of season."

Illinois, the No. 9 seed in the Southwest region, will play against UNLV. If the Illini win, they'll face an opponent that should seem familiar -- and set off some angry feelings.

Assuming they get past Boston University (does anybody believe in the Terriers? Anyone?), the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks will play against the winner of UNLV/Illinois.

Pop quiz: who is the Jayhawks' head coach? You guessed it: Bruce Weber's predecessor, Bill Self.

In a way, it's sort of fitting. Of all the coaches that could put an end to this frustrating, gut-wrenching season, it had to be a Self-ish one.

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