Booked For Boston

The Illini are the higher seed but must hit the road for the NIT.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois wasn't included in the Big Dance, but the team still figured into a Selection Sunday of sorts.

The Illini (19-14) were tabbed as a 2-seed in the NIT and will play No. 7 Boston University on Wednesday.

Typically the higher seed hosts games in the first three rounds of the 32-team tournament, but the State Farm renovation means the Illini will travel to Boston. Coach John Groce said the potential to play games in Chicago was not discussed and was never viewed as a possibility.

The winner will play either Clemson or Georgia State in the second round.

BU (24-10) won the Patriot League regular season title but came one win shy of an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament , falling to American in the conference championship game.

The Terriers haven't hosted a Big Ten team since Michigan played at Agganis Arena in 2006.

Minnesota joins Illinois as Big Ten teams in the NIT. Indiana did not receive an invite.

The Illini last played in the NIT in 2010, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Dayton. Illinois is 7-4 all-time with four appearances in the tournament.


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