CHAMPAIGN-- For the first time since 1992, the Illini have missed the NCAA Tournament in back to back seasons. Illinois got a 3-seed in the NIT. They will play Alabama Tuesday at 8 pm in the first round. The Crimson Tide (18-14) fired their head coach Anthony Grant Sunday night. If Illinois gets past Alabama, they'll face the winner of the Miami (FL)-NC Central game, in the next round.