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Illinois, Michigan, Baylor And Gonzaga Get No. 1 Seeds For Men’s NCAA Tournament

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Illinois's Giorgi Bezhanishvili reacts after hitting a shot and getting fouled during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Ohio State at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS – Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois and Michigan get No. 1 seeds for men’s NCAA Tournament.

Earlier on Sunday, Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu each scored 16 points and made key plays in overtime to send No. 3 Illinois past No. 9 Ohio State 91-88 for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2005. Cockburn made the go-ahead free throws with 1:39 to go, Dosunmu followed that with a game-breaking 15-footer and the Fighting Illini sealed it at the free-throw line. Ohio State was led by Duane Washington Jr. with a career-high 32 points and Justice Sueing with 22. The Buckeyes erased a 17-point first-half lead to force overtime.

Illinois is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament and could face Loyola-Chicago in round two. Loyola, which made a memorable Final Four run in 2018, is back in the NCAAs for a third straight tournament.

Syracuse is the No. 11 team in the Midwest Region, one of several bubble teams to get good news during the bracket reveal. Utah State is the No. 11 seed in the South. Drake, which lost the Missouri Valley Conference title game to Loyola, earned an at-large bid, but the Bulldogs will have to play Wichita State in a First Four game Thursday.

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