Would you believe me if I told you that last season was the third year in a row that no college basketball teams from the state of Illinois made the NCAA tournament?
Let’s put that into perspective.
Since 68 of the 351 Division I programs make the field every year, that means about 1 in every 5 should make the field.
With Illinois having 13 D-I teams, then Illinois should be sending about 2, or actually closer to 3, teams to the field each year.
To go three years with zero bids is really, truly dismal.
The good news? There’s reason to believe that streak will be broken this March.
Here’s a look at the serious tourney contenders from the state: