Jamar Smith and the Illini will play 17 regular-season home games at the Assembly Hall during the 2006-07 season.
Aug. 16, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
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Fighting Illini basketball fans will be treated to one of the nation's most competitive schedules again in 2006-07. A home game with ACC-power Maryland as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge highlights the non-conference portion of the schedule, while five home contests during the month of January highlights the Big Ten schedule.
The Illini open the home portion of the regular-season schedule Nov. 13 when they host Austin Peay State at the Assembly Hall. The Illini take on traditional power Arizona on Dec. 2 in Phoenix as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge, Illinois-Chicago at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 9 in the Lexus December to Remember Classic and the 26th Annual Busch Braggin' Rights game against Missouri in St. Louis on Dec. 19.
The Illini travel to Cincinnati for a date with Xavier Dec. 29. Illinois will participate in the Chicago Invitational with two games at the Assembly Hall (Jackson State and Savannah State) and two games at the new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Fighting Illini will appear on national television at least 14 times, with several other opportunities still existing.
"This non-conference schedule will be a challenge as we replace the two winningest players in Illinois history in Dee Brown and James Augustine in our starting lineup," Weber said. "We'll have to be prepared to play in midseason form in December, which should have us ready for Big Ten play come January. We'll be playing good teams in the Chicago Invitational, followed by a game against Maryland, a tough game against Arizona in Phoenix, UIC in Chicago, and a good Xavier team in Cincinnati right before Big Ten play begins. The Braggin' Rights game against Missouri is always a highlight for our fans. We'll have to be ready once we get to Big Ten play because we open with two of the league favorites in Michigan and Ohio State and I anticipate the league being extremely tough and balanced this season."
Single-game tickets will go on sale Oct. 31.
Remaining game-time and television information will be released when available.