Illinois got quite a scare from Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Illini didn’t lead for long, but they were on the right side of the scoreboard when Friday night’s game came to a close.

Alfonso Plummer hit a pair of clutch free throws and two shot attempts from Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith resulted in an Illini 54-53 victory, despite trailing by as many as 14 points and 11 in the second half.

“Survive and advance,” Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said after the game.

Now, the Illini will take on Houston on Sunday with a trip to the Sweet 16 at stake. On Saturday, Underwood met with reporters to talk about Friday night’s thrilling win and preview Sunday’s contest against Houston.

Here’s what the head coach had to say on Saturday: