Illinois gets No. 1 seed in Midwest after Big Ten title

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Illinois players Ayo Dosunmu (11), Andre Curbelo (5), Trent Frazier (1), and Kofi Cockburn (21) wave to fans in the closing minute of overtime in an NCAA college basketball championship game at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Indianapolis. Illinois defeated Ohio State in overtime(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

By DAVE SKRETTA, the Associated Press

Third-ranked Illinois earned the top seed in the Midwest Region minutes after beating No. 9 Ohio State in overtime to win the Big Ten Tournament title Sunday, anchoring a region filled with surprise teams and mid-major monsters. The Fighting Illini earned their third No. 1 seed and first since 2005. Houston was the second seed and Big 12 rivals West Virginia and Oklahoma State earned the third and fourth seeds. Tennessee is the No. 5 seed.