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Illinois shocked by Loyola

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The Fighting Illini are done.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 07 Maryland at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Another day, another incredibly shocking upset in the NCAA Tournament.

This time, it was 1-seeded Illinois who went down before the first weekend even concluded, as the Loyola Ramblers pulled off a 71-58 win during Sunday’s Round of 32 action.

Illinois, who entered the day as the No. 2 overall team in KenPom efficiency, was completely undone by the Ramblers’ stifling defense en route to a season-low 58 points.

If not for Gonzaga’s unbeaten record, Illinois would have been in the running for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, so this is a very shocking upset, even though Loyola has already made one miracle Final Four run in the last three years.

Illinois becomes the first 1 seed to go down in what’s already been a fantastic NCAA Tournament.

Also, if the Kentucky Wildcats want to pursue Illinoi assistant Orlando Antigua, that just got a lot easier to do now that his season is over.

Just saying.

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