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Illinois vs. Colorado NCAA Tournament 2013 Capsule Preview: Predict The Winner

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Illinois' Brandon Paul (3) steals the ball in front of Indiana's Remy Abell (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/John Dixon) | AP
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No. 7 seed Illinois will face No. 10 Colorado in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in the East region.

Brandon Paul and the Fighting Illini started the madness of March a little early (with the help of Gus Johnson) with a game-winning buzzer beater in the Big Ten Tournament.

The winner in this matchup in Austin, Texas on March 22 will face the winner of No. 2 Miami and No. 15 Pacific in the third round.


CLICK HERE to print the 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket

Take a look at these capsule glances at the teams' 2012-2013 seasons and let us know who you predict will survive and advance.

Illinois
Regular Season Record: 22-12
Conference Record: 8-10 (Big Ten)
Conference Tournament Results: Defeated in the Big Ten Quarterfinals by Indiana
Top Player: Brandon Paul (Guard)
Top 25 Wins: Gonzaga (#10), Ohio State (#8), Indiana (#1), Minnesota (#18)
Worst Losses: Wisconsin (74-51), Purdue (68-61), Northwestern (68-54)
RPI Ranking: 39

Colorado
Regular Season Record: 21-11
Conference Record: 10-8 (Pac-12)
Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Arizona in quarterfinals
Top Players: Spencer Dinwiddie (Guard), Andre Roberson (Forward)
Top 25 Wins: Baylor (#16), Oregon (#19), Arizona (#9), Oregon (#19)
Worst Losses: Kansas (90-54), Oregon State (64-58), Utah (58-55), Wyoming (76-69)
RPI Ranking: 38

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