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    Season Begins Monday with Orange & Blue Scrimmage
    Coach John Groce and the Illini will sign autographs for fans following Monday's Orange & Blue Scrimmage.

    Coach John Groce and the Illini will sign autographs for fans following Monday's Orange & Blue Scrimmage.

    Oct. 20, 2012

    Watch the Orange & Blue Scrimmage (Illini All-Access subscription required)

    Interviews: Coach Groce | D.J. Richardson | Nnanna Egwu | Tyler Griffey

    Illinois will take the Assembly Hall floor for the first time under new head coach John Groce on Monday, tipping off the 2012-13 season with the annual Orange & Blue Scrimmage at 7 p.m.

    The scrimmage will consist of three, eight-minute quarters. Each quarter will be contested as its own game, with the score resetting after each quarter. The split-squad rosters will change each quarter, giving the staff an opportunity to see various lineups in action.

    Following the scrimmage, all Illini players and coach Groce will sign posters for those in attendance during a 45-minute autograph session. This will be the first opportunity for fans to pick up the 2012-13 Illini basketball poster. Download the poster as a wallpaper for your computer. The video board will show the Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions as an added convenience for fans who are waiting in line for autographs.

    Orange & Blue Scrimmage tickets are included in the season ticket package. Tickets also are on sale for $10 each, and just $2 apiece for University of Illinois students. Seating for the scrimmage is general admission and parking is free. Assembly Hall doors will open at 6 p.m.

    Fans unable to attend the scrimmage will have the opportunity to watch via a live video stream at The stream is part of the Illini All-Access package, available through a monthly or annual subscription. The Illini All-Access subscription service also includes Illinois' games on Oct. 27, Nov. 4, Nov. 9 and Dec. 4 that will be streamed on Learn more or subscribe to Illini All-Access.

    Coach Groce Pre-Orange & Blue Scrimmage Interview:

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