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Circus of a season

Illinois hits the road for NIT; Northwestern just happy to be there

Updated: March 15, 2010, 4:47 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

For Illinois, improbably and annoyingly, the road to the championship goes through ... Stony Brook?

The 19-14 Illini went from NCAA hopeful to vagabond No. 1 seed in the National Invitational Tournament, and I don't feel bad for them. With the circus, or more accurately Cirque de Soleil, heading to the heartland, the Illini will play their first-round Not Invited game at Stony Brook on Long Island.

"I think it would be an understatement to say it's been a tough ...

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