The bracket is officially set for the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
The Fighting Illini (20-12) earned an at-large bid, the program's third consecutive bid under head coach Brad Underwood, as the No. 9 seed in the West region and will open their NCAA Tournament run against No. 8 seed Arkansas (20-13) in the first round on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on TBS.
Illinois is making its 33rd overall NCAA Tournament appearance, owning an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 42-33.