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Lon Kruger surprised to draw Illini

Updated: March 13, 2011, 11:20 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

UNLV coach Lon Kruger didn't know what to feel on Sunday when his former team, Illinois, was paired as the Rebels' opponent in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Kruger has been around long enough to know anything is possible at tourney time, but he never expected Illinois to appear on his television screen. The teams will face off in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday.

"It's very unique," Kruger said via cell phone from Las Vegas. "A little weird to see their name pop up. It's kind of an ...

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