Illini Wonk
Thursday, March 17, 2005
  Let the Madness Begin!
In case you've been buried under a rock for the first half of this week, you should know that the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament tips off today. Illinois, the 1 seed in the Chicago region will play at 8:40 p.m. CST against Fairleigh Dickinson. The official game notes can be found here. Chicago Tribune preview here.

On his blog, Mark Tupper says I think this team is ready. In his column, Tupper heaps on the pressure by (accurately) saying As spectacular as this season has been, what happens beginning tonight will ultimately define this team's staying power in Illini basketball history.

In Today's Chicago Tribune, Rick Morrissey predicts that Illinois is going to win the national championship. The rest of the Trib's coverage can be found here. For video of practice in Indianapolis and team interviews, go to WEEK-TV.

Illini Wonk will be updating throughout the day, so stay tuned for up-to-the-minute coverage of Illinois' March to the Arch.

UPDATE: Tupper has a pre-game update on the atmosphere in Indianapolis on his blog.
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