Bruce Weber and the Illini will face a competitive 2003-04 schedule.
Sept. 10, 2003
Champaign, Ill. - Fighting Illini basketball fans will be treated to one of the nation's most competitive schedules again in 2003-04. A change from the earlier-announced schedule has Illinois playing Providence in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9 instead of playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer event in November. The date for the game against Maryland-Eastern Shore was moved to Dec. 11.
The Illini open the home portion of the schedule Nov. 22 when they host Western Illinois at the Assembly Hall. The Illini also have the Big Ten/ACC Challenge match-up against North Carolina in Greensboro, N.C., two games at the United Center in Chicago and the 23rd Annual Busch Braggin' Rights game against Missouri in St. Louis.
The Illini also will host Arkansas at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 6, as part of a doubleheader with the Illini women who play Illinois State. The second Illini game in Chicago will be against Illinois-Chicago and former Illini assistant coach Jimmy Collins on Tuesday, Dec. 30.
"This non-conference schedule is as competitive as anyone in America will play," Weber said. "We'll have to be prepared to play in midseason form in November, which should have us ready for Big Ten play come January. We worked very hard over the last several weeks to get the schedule finalized and we are excited to be playing in the Jimmy V Classic against Providence. We will be thoroughly tested in November and December. The neutral-site games against North Carolina, Arkansas, Providence and Missouri should give us a good idea of what it will be like in March."
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