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    Illinois Earns No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament
    Bruce Weber has led Illinois to the NCAA Tournament in 5 of his 6 seasons.

    Bruce Weber has led Illinois to the NCAA Tournament in 5 of his 6 seasons.

    March 15, 2009

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    Bruce Weber and the Fighting Illini earned a No. 5 seed in the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 12 seed Western Kentucky in Portland on Thursday, March 19, at 8:55 CDT in the opening round.

    Illinois is 24-9 on the season after falling to Purdue in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday. The Illini finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten during the regular season and are back in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 years after a one-year hiatus. Overall, it is Illinois' 28th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

    Check fightingillini.com throughout the week for game notes and tournament information.

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