5 Thoughts About The Illini’s Basketball Schedule

My Thursday, Aug. 29, column from CBS Chicago

Lewis Illinois Basketball(CBS) The Illinois football season begins in just two days, but right now I have Illini basketball on my mind.

(That probably tells you everything you need to know about my excitement level for Tim Beckman’s latest pigskin product).

On Wednesday, Illinois officially released its basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season. It offers a wealth of interesting plotlines, and I thought I’d share my thoughts about five of them today.

Hey, anything to keep my mind off football, ya know?

UIC at the UC?

As part of a longstanding contractual agreement within the greater university of Illinois umbrella, the Illini are required to play UIC in Chicago once every three years.

But why is this a long-term contract? And exactly who agreed to it?

On Dec. 28, the Illini and Flames will face off again at the United Center. I really don’t have a problem with Illinois playing UIC once every three years, but I do have a problem with the game needing to be in Chicago – and gobbling up a United Center date.

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