Illinois Draws Team With Awesome Mascot
Illinois pulled the much maligned 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament and they’ll play the 12-seed Western Kentucky in the first round. The Hilltoppers of course have the best mascot in sports history.
So already you have to be worried. The Hilltoppers should actual give Illinois plenty to think about this week, judging by a quick look at their schedule. A 14-point win against Louisville obviously stands out. You may remember their run in the Dance last year, when they beat Drake in a thriller and knocked out San Diego, before losing to UCLA.
If the Illini get past Western Kentucky, things don’t look easy with Gonzaga and North Carolina lurking in the same region. If Illinois and Gonzaga do in fact advance, the Bulldogs would have a giant advantage playing in Portland. The Illini struggled on the road this season, so a virtual road game against Gonzaga is the biggest roadblock to the Sweet Sixteen.
For now though, it’s all about Western Kentucky, and with the Hilltoppers returning so many players with tournament experience, it could be a very interesting game.