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REPORT: Illinois to play Florida in Emerald Coast Classic

Bring on the Gators.

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Ready to watch the Gators?

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Illinois will face off against Florida in the first round of this year’s Emerald Coast Classic.

Iowa State and Oregon will be the other first round matchup.

The tournament takes place from Nov. 27 to 29 in Destin, Florida.

Assuming there’s a season with fans, you can buy tickets here.

It’s been a while since Illinois played Florida. You’d have to go back to March 19, 2000 in the NCAA Tournament, when the Gators eliminated the Illini, 93-76. House of ‘Paign’s Cory Bradford scored 27 points that day. Nobody else did much.

Let’s hope there’s a season.