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Doritos are Illinois' favorite game-day snack

The Big Ten Conference championship Fighting Illini will open their 2021 NCAA tournament play on Friday, March 19, against the Dragons of Drexel, winners of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Illinois, third in the nation in rebounds, will tipoff at 1:15pm at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.

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Like college basketball fans across the country, Illini fans watching the game and other teams play over the next week will need game day snacks. Shipt is one of many companies around the country that will deliver fans their favorite foods just in time for game day.

"Knowing that many fans won't be traveling to stadiums, bars or restaurants to watch games this year, we wanted to offer up a solution to get them their favorite foods come tournament time," said Rina Hurst, Chief Business Officer at Shipt. "One of the advantages to using Shipt for your game day snacks is that you don't need to get off the couch to do so, which is great considering there is nonstop basketball in the coming weeks!"

Illini fans across the country can use Shipt to get their favorite snacks delivered to their door throughout the entire tournament. The delivery service has a number of retail partners such as Meijer, H-E-B, Winn Dixie, Target, Dierbergs, and Kroger, and offers same-day delivery in as soon as one hour through its network of trusted personal shoppers.

Shipt and Kellogg's are offering an exclusive deal to all existing and new customers. Fans who spend $15 on select Kellogg's products through Shipt.com or the app will receive a $3 credit towards their next Shipt order. The offer is valid through the app until March 29.

According to a recent press release, Shipt provides personal shopping and delivery and is available to 80% of households in more than 5,000 U.S. cities.

"Shipt Shoppers go above and beyond, communicating in real time about preferences and substitutions," the company says. "A curated marketplace of retailers, Shipt offers access to a variety of stores and product categories including fresh foods, household essentials, wellness products, office and pet supplies. Shipt is an independently operated, wholly owned subsidiary of Target Corp."

During last year's college basketball season, the company's data points to clear favorites when it came to snack preferences for basketball fans. Shipt's delivered more than 231,000 bags of Doritos, 136,000 boxes of Cheez-Its, 133,000 bags of Goldfish and 107,000 bags of Tostitos.

Like Indiana, home to some of the top snack aficionados last season ordering more than 13,000 bags of Doritos last year, Illinois residents are big on the same Frito-Lay snack, too. Around the rest of the Big10, the Buckeye State tends to be partial to Little Debbie Nutty Bars, a snack didn't even crack Michigan's top five most ordered.

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