An 8/9 matchup to likely face top-seeded Kansas happens today in Des Moines, Iowa when Illinois meets up with Arkansas in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
IlliniHQ beat writer Bob Asmussen says Illinois and Arkansas are very similar teams in they have a great deal of talent but have been very inconsistent this year.
Illinois had a disappointing finish to the regular season as the Illini let some winnable games slip through and an early exit in the NCAA tournament. Asmussen says it was a missed opportunity to build momentum.
Illinois and Arkansas battle it out today in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at 3:30 pm. The winner likely gets Kansas.