Illini Announce 2014-15 Schedule
Aug. 21, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois announced its 2014-15 schedule Thursday, and the Fighting Illini will host 16 games at State Farm Center - including nine Big Ten contests - and will travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam tournament over Thanksgiving.
Season tickets are on sale now at the Illinois Ticket Office or by phone at 866-ILLINI-1 for the low price of $25 each, or $1.56 per home game. Fans also can purchase a combined general admission season ticket for women's basketball and volleyball for $35, at the ticket office, by phone or online.
"We are excited to offer season tickets at such an affordable price again this year," head coach Matt Bollant said. "It's hard to find such high-quality entertainment for that low of a price, but fans have been extremely receptive to it the past two years and we wanted to reward their loyalty. We had good attendance last year and we hope to continue to grow that, along with everything else in our program. With one more Big Ten home game on the schedule and with the strides that I'm confident our team will make, Illini fans will love watching us this season. Our second-straight high-caliber recruiting class and two very talented transfers are going to give us an immediate shot in the arm and will make us much more competitive in the Big Ten and nationally."
With the Big Ten moving to an 18-game conference schedule from the 16-game model it has used for the past four seasons, the Illini will play Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue twice each. The Orange and Blue will play the eight remaining conference schools once.
Illinois will open the season with five straight home games against Millikin (exhibition), IPFW, Robert Morris, Memphis and Southern University, before visiting St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam. The Illini will be tested against Kentucky, South Florida and Oklahoma before returning to the continental U.S. to host Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3.
The Orange and Blue strike out on the road again, visiting Southern Illinois, Seton Hall and Valparaiso during the first two weeks of December. The Seton Hall trip will be especially nice for seniors Alexis Smith and Nia Oden, who hail from New York. Illinois also posted one of the biggest comebacks in school history against the Pirates last season, recovering from a 20-point deficit to beat the Hall, 71-70. The Illini round out non-conference play by hosting Murray State on Dec. 22.
Illinois begins the Big Ten schedule against Purdue on Dec. 28, marking the second time in the last three seasons the Illini have opened conference play against the Boilermakers. After a trip to State College on Jan. 4, the Orange and Blue welcome Iowa and Nebraska to State Farm Center on Jan. 8 and 11, respectively.
The Illini then play four of their next five games on the road, traveling to Michigan State (Jan. 15) and Maryland (Jan. 18), hosting Northwestern on Jan. 22, then heading back out on the road to Michigan (Jan. 26) and Nebraska (Jan. 29).
All that early travel is rewarded with five February home games, including three on the weekend. Wisconsin comes to Champaign on Sunday, Feb. 1, followed by a visit from Minnesota on Feb. 5. After trips to Northwestern (Feb. 8) and Indiana (Feb. 11), the Illini host Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Illinois faces Rutgers for the first time in program history on Feb. 17 when it travels to Piscataway, then heads to Purdue on Feb. 21. The Illini wrap up the regular season with consecutive home games against Michigan State (Feb. 25) and Michigan (Feb. 28). The Big Ten Tournament returns to Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, March 4-8, and the NCAA Tournament begins March 20 and the Final Four will be in Tampa, Florida, April 5-7.