CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The Fighting Illini basketball team might not have made it to the Final Four, or in the NCAA tournament for that matter, but their managers are playing in Minneapolis.
The managers have been playing managers from other teams on the court throughout the season. Illinois has not been beaten, they’re undefeated at 9-0. They are currently in the Elite Eight of the tournament.
The other schools in Minneapolis include Indiana, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Marquette, Ole Miss, and Providence.
“Now we have the opportunity of actually representing our university, and trying to go win a championship, so I think that’s really cool for our guys,” Blake Woodard said. “I grew up a huge Illinois fan, I love this unversity so it’s been an honor to finally get to represent the team, like on the court, that’s pretty cool.”
“We love helping the team, just being a part of it any way that we can,” Josh Larson said. “We’ll do the worst tasks, and we’ll do the best tasks, nothing is too big or too little for our managers. We take a lot of pride in being a good manager team, and we don’t get a ton of publicity which is fine with us. But we like to play the games and we like to win.”
They leave for Minneapolis on Thursday. Illinois plays Michigan in their first game.