CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has offered students more than 4,000 free tickets for its final home game Wednesday against Nebraska.

With a 9 p.m. start, the Illini faced a potentially small crowd as the team pushes to make the NCAA Tournament field. However, sports information director Kent Brown said Tuesday that fewer than 70 of the free tickets remained.

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With the Nebraska game and a game at Purdue left before the Big Ten tournament, the Illini (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) probably need at least two more wins to make the NCAA field.

Illinois coach John Groce called the ticket giveaway a chance to repay student fans for backing the team.

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The State Farm Center seats 17,085.

The 9 p.m. game is part of a Big Ten Network tripleheader Wednesday.

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