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    Brandon Paul and the 2011-12 Illini will participate in a trip to Italy Aug. 10-20.

    Brandon Paul and the 2011-12 Illini will participate in a trip to Italy Aug. 10-20.

    April 27, 2011

    Champaign, Ill. - The Fighting Illini basketball team will get a head start on the 2011-12 season by participating in a foreign tour trip to Italy in August. The trip runs from Aug. 10-20 and includes stops in Rome, Florence, Venice and Como.

    NCAA regulations allow teams to make foreign trips once every four years. The Illini anticipate playing four or five games against Italian professional club teams, although details are still being worked out regarding games. In addition to the travel and competition, the Illini will hold 10 on-campus practice sessions prior to the trip.

    "We are excited about taking our team to Italy in August," Head Coach Bruce Weber said. "It's a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and learn more about each other. With six new players joining the roster, we feel it's extremely important for us to take advantage of this trip heading into next season."

    Basketball Travelers has arranged a supporters' tour for fans interested in traveling to Italy. A limited amount of spots are available, and costs are $6,600 single/$10,200 double (flights included) or $5,100 single/$7,200 double (without flights). For more information, visit the Basketball Travelers website, or contact Becky Johnson by phone at 425-776-2775 or by email at

    Note: This is a partial and incomplete itinerary intended to give a general guideline at this time. It does not include all activities as many details are still being worked out. The number of games and game dates could change as well. Basketball Travelers will provide a complete and detailed itinerary for those participating in the supporters' tour.

    Wednesday, Aug. 10
    Depart from Chicago

    Thursday, Aug. 11
    Arrive in Rome
    Tour Rome

    Friday, Aug. 12
    Tour Vatican City

    Saturday, Aug. 13
    Tour Rome
    Game #1 vs. TBD

    Sunday, Aug. 14
    Travel to Florence
    Tour Florence

    Monday, Aug. 15
    Tour Pisa
    Game #2 vs. TBD

    Tuesday, Aug. 16
    Travel to Venice
    Game #3 vs. TBD

    Wednesday, Aug. 17
    Tour Venice

    Thursday, Aug. 18
    Travel to Como
    Game #4 vs. TBD

    Friday, Aug. 19
    Tour Lake Como

    Saturday, Aug. 20
    Depart from Milan
    Arrive in Chicago

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