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Columnist Bob Asmussen weighs in on the Illini's NCAA tournament draw. They'll open against No. 8 seed Arkansas on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, with the winner likely to face Kansas on Saturday.

"I think it's a bad draw. Arkansas is probably under-seeded and then the prospects of facing Kansas in the next game — a motivated Jayhawks team with its coach coming back from a health scare — is not great.

"But this is an Illinois team that could pull an upset or two.

"Des Moines is a six-hour drive so expect plenty of orange and blue in the stands.

"Things to know about Arkansas:

1. Their coach, Eric Musselman, likes to tear his shirt off after big wins. His dad, the late Bill Musselman, was a longtime NBA coach.

2. They have tons of talent and a great tradition, from the Triplets to the NCAA champs in '94.

3. Their fans are nuts. Get ready to hear 'Wooo Pig Sooie' from start to finish."