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NIT Game Thread: Illinois vs. Alabama

#3 Illinois Fighting Illini (19-13, 9-9 Big Ten) vs #6 Alabama Crimson Tide (18-14, 8-10 SEC)

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The Crimson Tide officially begin the post-Anthony Grant Era with a home game against the Fighting Illini in the first round of the NIT. Will interim coach John Brannen be able to rally the team and lead them to a run in the postseason? Or will the emotional loss of the Tide's leader prove disastrous for Bama's chances?

The game will tip-off at 8:00 PM CDT and will be televised by ESPN.