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Illini Receive No. 4 Seed in NCAA Tournament, Will Take on Chattanooga

The bracket is officially set for the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


The Big Ten regular-season champion Illinois Fighting Illini (22-9) are the No. 4 seed in the South region and will open their NCAA Tournament run against No. 13 seed Chattanooga (27-7) in the first round on Friday in Pittsburgh. Game time is set for 5:50 p.m. CT and will be televised on TNT. 


Illinois is making its 32nd overall NCAA Tournament appearance, and second in a row after earning a No. 1 seed last year.


Illinois owns an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 41-32. 


Coach Underwood, meanwhile, will be making his sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years as a head coach.


The Big Ten has a conference-record nine teams in the Tournament for the second straight year.

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