It was a successful debut for the top seed Illinois Fighting Illini at the 2021 NCAA basketball tournament. They trounced the 16 seed, Drexel 78-49. Kofi Cockburn led the scoring attack with 18 points. Ayo Dosunmu scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.
The Illini advance to round two where they will play another Illinois school, Loyola on Sunday. The Ramblers knocked off Georgia Tech on Friday to earn the matchup with the Illini.