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WKU vs. Illinois in NCAA first round

Hilltopper players and coaches celebrate during Sunday's NCAA Tournament selection party at Diddle Arena. WKU will face Illinois on Thursday in Portland, Ore. (WKU Photo by Clinton Lewis.)

Hilltopper players and coaches celebrate during Sunday's NCAA Tournament selection party at Diddle Arena. WKU will face Illinois at 8:55 p.m. CDT on Thursday in Portland, Ore. (WKU Photo by Clinton Lewis.)

WKU, the 12th seed in the South Region, will face fifth-seeded Illinois on Thursday (March 19) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Portland, Ore. Tipoff is set for 8:55 p.m. CDT.

Where to watch the game: For a list of game-watching parties, visit the WKU Alumni Association website and click on the “Events Calendar” link.

TV listings: The tournament games will air on CBS and online. The WKU game is scheduled to air on WNKY-CBS 40 in Bowling Green, WLKY-CBS 32 in Louisville and WTVF-NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. Check your local affiliate for coverage plans in your area.

Game information: WKU is 24-8 on the season and enters the NCAA Tournament riding a season-best seven-game winning streak. The Hilltoppers, winners of 15 of their last 17 under first-year head coach Ken McDonald, won both the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles with a 15-3 mark in conference play and a perfect three-game run through the tournament this past week. Click here for pregame notes on the first-round matchup.

Hilltopper fans, players and coaches watched the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement Sunday at Diddle Arena. (WKU Photo by Clinton Lewis)

Hilltopper fans, players and coaches watched the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement Sunday at Diddle Arena. (WKU Photo by Clinton Lewis)

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