Team preview: Illinois-Chicago
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
You tough out a victory in your conference tournament final (on the other team's home court) to earn your ticket to the Big Dance.
Your reward? Playing Kansas in Kansas City. That's the plight of the mid-major conference teams.
Jimmy Collins knows it, so he's not complaining. And no one would listen if he did. Illinois-Chicago returned to the NCAA Tournament last season and did it the hard way.