Illinois’ eight-game losing streak all but ensured the door-in-face it would receive for the NCAA tournament selection committee.
The consolation prize a season after advancing to the Round of 32 in the big dance is a No. 2 seed in the NIT tournament. The Illini (19-14) face Boston on the road on Wednesday.
Due to the renovation of State Farm Center, the Illlini will play away from home as long as they advance.
The No. 7 Terriers (24-10) finished first in the Patriot League standings but lost and automatic qualifier berth with a conference tournament loss to American.
Illinois finished the season winning five of its final seven games, losing in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament 64-63 to Michigan.
Illinois is making its fifth appearance in the NIT, where it owns a 7-4 record.
The Illini played in the B-list tournament most recently in 2010, losing as a No. 1 seed in the X to Dayton. They also competed in 1980 (third place), 1982 (second-round exit) and 1996 (first-round exit).