Illinois basketball plays DePaul on Friday, Nov. 17, in their first matchup against the Blue Demons in 60 years.
The game is part of the 2017 Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual series of games between Big Ten and Big East teams early in the season. In a series that hasn’t seen a game since 1957, Illinois leads 12-6.
The Fighting Illini are 2-0 in their first season under Brad Underwood, putting up a 102-55 win over Southern to open the season then earning a 77-74 win over Tennessee Martin. DePaul opened its season with a 72-58 loss to Notre Dame, then bounced back against Delaware State.
Illinois-DePaul game time, details
Illinois and DePaul play at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 17.
Date: Friday, Nov. 17
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill.
The line: Illinois is a 7-point favorite, per MyBookie.
What TV channel broadcasts Illinois-DePaul?
The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Illinois-DePaul online?
The Big Ten Network will stream the game on BTN2Go as well as all BTN2Go apps.
How can I listen to Illinois-DePaul on the radio?
The Illinois call for the game will be on the Fighting Illini Sports Network. An online stream and list of affiliates can be found here.
DePaul likely represents the Illini’s stiffest test until their date with Wake Forest in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, so this could be a major point in the beginning of Underwood’s career at Champaign.
Junior forward Leron Black has been the star for Illinois so far this season, leading the team in scoring (18.5 points per game), rebounding (7 rebounds per game) and assists (3.5 assists per game). Freshman point guard Mark Smith is also diving into the action one year after being named Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois, tied for second with Black in minutes per game at 24.5).
On the DePaul side, junior guard Eli Cain sees the largest usage on the floor, while senior forward Tre’Darius McCallum leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game.
This is a game that will likely be determined in the paint, as both teams rank outside the top 200 in three-pointers attempted so far this season.