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Early odds for Illinois’ Round of 64 game vs. Arkansas

The Illini get the Razorbacks.

Illinois v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Illinois made it in.

It may not have been pretty down the stretch of the regular season and Big Ten Tournament, but the Illini are dancing for the third year in a row.

And they’ll get things started in the West Region’s Round of 64 on Thursday in Des Moines against Eric Musselman and the Arkansas Razorbacks (20-13 overall, 8-10 SEC). Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. CT on TBS.

Early odds from DraftKings show Illinois as a 2.5-point underdog against Arkansas. The over-under opened Sunday night at 145.5 points.

More odds:

  • Arkansas -135
  • Illinois +115

You can bet on DraftKings anytime here.

If Illinois gets past Arkansas, it sets up for a Saturday matchup against No. 1 seed Kansas.

Jayhawks head coach Bill Self is expected to be back on the sidelines this week after missing the Big 12 Tournament due to a stint in the hospital.