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Two more Illini hoops non-conference opponents announced

Illinois will host two opponents at State Farm Center as part of the NIT Tip-Off

CHAMPAIGN - Add two more Illinois men's basketball games to your schedule.

ESPN announced Illinois will host two non-conference opponents at the State Farm Center as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off: Detroit on Friday, Nov. 18, and Winthrop on Monday, Nov. 21.

Detroit, coached by former Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander,went 15-18 overall last season, including a 7-9 mark in the Horizon League.

Winthrop last season won its first Big South Conference title under Pat Kelsey, who will enter his fifth season as the Eagles head coach.

The Illini will play West Virginia in the NIT Tip-Off semifinal at 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. On the next day, the Illini will then play either Florida State or Temple.

Seven non-conference game dates have been announced.

Announced Illini schedule so far

Date Opponent Venue
Nov. 18 Detroit State Farm Center
Nov. 21 Winthrop State Farm Center
Nov. 24 West Virginia Barclays Center (Brooklyn)
Nov. 25 FSU or  Temple Barclays Center (Brooklyn)
Nov. 29 NC State State Farm Center (ACC/B1G Challenge)
Dec. 3 VCU American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.)
Dec. 17 BYU United Center (Chicago)

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