Illinois basketball reportedly will play at Duke in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge

Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune
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Illinois will play in one of the most anticipated nonconference games this season when it faces Duke on the road in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, according to CBS Sports.

The games were slated to be played in early December, but an official schedule has not been released.

Illinois and Duke figure to be top-10 teams in the preseason — more of a rarity for the Illini than the Blue Devils. Expectations are high for Illinois with the return of guard Ayo Dosunmu and center Kofi Cockburn, who had both considered leaving early to enter their names in the NBA draft.

The last time Illinois played Duke was a 2007 loss at the Maui Invitational. The Illini have lost four straight in the series, in which Duke holds a 5-2 all-time edge.

Illinois' last victory against Duke came in 1995.

The report also said Northwestern will host Pitt in the Challenge.

Nonconference and conference schedules are being worked out as COVID-19 restrictions complicate logistics of playing.

Some teams have opted out of nonconference tournaments. Illinois won’t compete in the Gavitt Games this year after the annual Big Ten-Big East matchup was canceled.

The other Big Ten-ACC games, according to CBS Sports, will be: North Carolina State at Michigan, Ohio State at Notre Dame, Indiana at Florida State, Syracuse at Rutgers, Boston College at Minnesota, Maryland at Clemson, Georgia Tech at Nebraska, Louisville at Wisconsin, Penn State at Virginia Tech, Purdue at Miami and North Carolina at Iowa.


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