Men's Basketball
Illini Announce Non-Conference Schedule

July 25, 2014

2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule | Renew Season Tickets

The season ticket renewal period for Fighting Illini men's basketball is underway. Renewal forms have been sent by mail and email to existing season ticket holders, with a priority deadline of Aug. 4. Fans can renew their tickets online now at FightingIllini.com, toll free by calling (217) 333-3470 or in person at the temporary ticket office at 2141 South Neil Street in Champaign.

Illinois will play a total of 17 home games this season: one exhibition, seven non-conference and nine conference. The nine Big Ten opponents set to visit State Farm Center are Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers.

Illinois' 2014-15 non-conference schedule is complete. Following a home exhibition game against Quincy on Nov. 7, the Illini begin the regular season with four straight games at State Farm Center. Illinois takes on Georgia Southern in the opener on Nov. 14, and then faces Coppin State on Nov. 16. The next two opponents the UI host are preliminary games for the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational, as Austin Peay visits Champaign on Nov. 21 followed by Brown on Nov. 24.

Illinois heads to Las Vegas' Orleans Arena for the final two games of the Invitational, facing Indiana State on Nov. 27 (4 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1) and either Baylor or Memphis on Nov. 28 (7/9:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1). The Illini are back on the road after Vegas, traveling to Miami on Dec. 2 to face the Hurricanes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The UI's lone appearance at State Farm Center over a six-game stretch occurs on Dec. 6, when the Orange and Blue host American. Back-to-back trips to New York and Chicago await, with the Illini taking on Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden (6 p.m., ESPN), followed by a match-up with Oregon on Dec. 13 at the United Center.

The Illini return to Champaign to host Hampton on Dec. 17 before traveling to St. Louis to battle Missouri in the 34th annual Bud Light Braggin' Rights on Dec. 20 at Scottrade Center. The non-conference schedule concludes for the Illini on Dec. 27 against Kennesaw State at State Farm Center.

Illinois' Big Ten schedule, along with remaining game times and television information, will be announced when available.

Introducing the 200 Level at State Farm Center
The current phase of State Farm Center renovations are in full swing, to be completed in time for the 2014-15 season. Brand new blue seats will be installed throughout the upper level, replacing the gray seats that existed since the building's opening in 1963. With the conversion to new seats in the upper level, it will now be called the `200 Level' and no longer referred to as `C Level'. Accordingly, the sections will be numbered 201-248 instead of C1-C48. The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics also has improved how seats are numbered within the 200 Level. Instead of sections having an aisle run through the middle of them, the sections will now have an aisle on each end. This change should help fans navigate the arena and find their seats easier than in the past. A new seating map outlining the improvements is available at FightingIllini.com.

Information for Current Ticket Holders in the 200 Level
While section and seat numbers are new this year, the position of seats in the arena, and the view of the court are exactly the same, simply named differently. The Illinois Ticket Office will make every effort to ensure that each renewing ticket holder has the same location as last season. For questions regarding the new section numbering in the 200 Level, and how it relates to specific seat locations, please contact the ticket office at (217) 333-3470 or by email at illinitickets@illinois.edu.

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