The Only 23 Teams That Can Win March Madness


Following back-to-back disappointing tournament performances, Illinois underwent some massive roster changes this past offseason. With last year’s top five scorers all gone (including Kofi Cockburn, Alfonso Plummer, and Andre Curbelo), the Fighting Illini were tasked with replacing a fair amount of firepower. Filling in for those departing pieces are a trio of transfers including former Texas Tech wing Terrence Shannon Jr. and a pair of Baylor transfer in Matthew Mayer and Dain Dainja.

Adding experienced veterans has already paid off for the Fighting Illini, who picked up an early-season win over a title favorite in the UCLA Bruins. Shannon Jr. showcased his talent in that game while registering 29 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

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