That said, Jerry put the Illini into his latest bracket projection, with a No. 12 seed, playing a No. 5 Texas. (Tough matchup.) ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi is kinder, giving Illinois a No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech. The Sporting News (TSN.com) also lists Illinois as a No. 12. It doesn't have an opponent matchup, but Illinois already has played two of its No. 5s, Vanderbilt and Gonzaga. The others are Temple and Texas A&M. An MSNBC.com projection has a No. 11 Illinois playing a No. 6 Tennessee, which would bring another round of the Bruce Pearl/recruiting scandal storyline.
The Illini also could solidify their situation with a good showing at the Big Ten tournament, where one more win would mean a lot. That's because Illinois is tracking for a top-five seed. A win in the 4-5 game would be very difficult to achieve, but it would mean a another quality victory.
For more on all of this, Jerry Palm will be joining Boz and Mr. G today (Tuesday) on their internet show, Talking Illini, which can be found at talkzone.com from 4 to 6 p.m..