NCAA Tournament History for Illinois

+ indicates wins over a higher seeded team.
- indicates losses to a lower seeded team.

Overall Record: 40-31, 0.563

YearConferenceRegionSeed
Results
2013Big TenEast7
  • beat E 10 Colorado 57-49
  • lost to E 2 Miami-Florida 59-63
  • 2011Big Ten9
  • +beat SW 8 UNLV 73-62
  • lost to SW 1 Kansas 59-73
  • 2009Big TenSouth5
  • -lost to S 12 Western Ky 72-76
  • 2007Big TenWest12
  • lost to W 5 Virginia Tech 52-54
  • 2006Big TenEast4
  • beat E 13 Air Force 78-69
  • -lost to E 5 Washington 64-67
  • 2005Big TenMidwest1
  • beat M 16 Fairleigh Dickinson 67-55
  • beat M 9 Nevada 71-59
  • beat M 12 Wis-Milwaukee 77-63
  • beat M 3 Arizona 90-89, OT
  • beat W 4 Louisville 72-57
  • lost to E 1 North Carolina 70-75
  • 2004Big TenSouth5
  • beat S 12 Murray St 72-53
  • +beat S 4 Cincinnati 92-68
  • lost to S 1 Duke 62-72
  • 2003Big TenWest4
  • beat W 13 Western Ky 65-60
  • -lost to W 5 Notre Dame 60-68
  • 2002Big TenMidwest4
  • beat M 13 San Diego St 93-64
  • beat M 12 Creighton 72-60
  • lost to M 1 Kansas 69-73
  • 2001Big TenMidwest1
  • beat M 16 Northwestern St 96-54
  • beat M 9 Charlotte 79-61
  • beat M 4 Kansas 80-64
  • -lost to M 2 Arizona 81-87
  • 2000Big TenEast4
  • beat E 13 Pennsylvania 68-58
  • -lost to E 5 Florida 76-93
  • 1998Big TenWest5
  • beat W 12 South Alabama 64-51
  • lost to W 4 Maryland 61-67
  • 1997Big TenSoutheast6
  • beat SE 11 Southern Cal 90-77
  • -lost to SE 14 Chattanooga 63-75
  • 1995Big TenEast11
  • lost to E 6 Tulsa 62-68
  • 1994Big TenMidwest8
  • -lost to M 9 Georgetown 77-84
  • 1993Big TenWest6
  • beat W 11 Long Beach 75-72
  • lost to W 3 Vanderbilt 68-85
  • 1990Big TenMidwest5
  • -lost to M 12 Dayton 86-88
  • 1989Big TenMidwest1
  • beat M 16 McNeese St 77-71
  • beat M 9 Ball State 72-60
  • beat M 4 Louisville 83-69
  • beat M 2 Syracuse 89-86
  • -lost to SE 3 Michigan 81-83
  • 1988Big TenSoutheast3
  • beat SE 14 TX-San Antonio 81-72
  • -lost to SE 6 Villanova 63-66
  • 1987Big TenSoutheast3
  • -lost to SE 14 Austin Peay 67-68
  • 1986Big TenSoutheast4
  • beat SE 13 Fairfield 75-51
  • -lost to SE 5 Alabama 56-58
  • 1985Big TenEast3
  • beat E 14 Northeastern 76-57
  • beat E 6 Georgia 74-58
  • lost to E 2 Georgia Tech 53-61
  • 1984Big TenMideast2
  • beat ME 7 Villanova 64-56
  • beat ME 3 Maryland 72-70
  • lost to ME 1 Kentucky 51-54
  • 1983Big TenWest7
  • -lost to W 10 Utah 49-52
  • 1981Big TenWest4
  • beat W 5 Wyoming 67-65
  • -lost to W 8 Kansas St 52-57
  • 1963Big TenMideast
  • beat Bowling Green 70-67
  • lost to Loyola-Chicago 64-79
  • 1952Big TenEast
  • beat Dayton 80-61
  • beat Duquesne 74-68
  • lost to St. John's 59-61
  • beat Santa Clara 67-64
  • 1951Big TenEast
  • beat Columbia 79-71
  • beat North Carolina St 84-70
  • lost to Kentucky 74-76
  • beat Oklahoma St 61-46
  • 1949Big TenEast
  • beat Yale 71-67
  • lost to Kentucky 47-76
  • beat Oregon St 57-53
  • 1942Big TenEast
  • lost to Kentucky 44-46
  • lost to Penn State 34-41