Illini Wonk
Thursday, November 03, 2005
  Let the exhibitions begin!
The University of Illinois Men's Basketball Team kicks off the season tonight at 7:00 p.m. with the first of two exhibition games against the Division III Illinois Wesleyan University Titans. Wesleyan is the top rated team in NCAA Division III and is located only 53 miles from Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ill. WJBC Radio will be streaming the game here.

Brett Dawson says on his blog that he is looking forward to the game. In For all you exhibitionists... he guesses that Pruitt will be a starter and and is interested to see how the freshmen play and interact with Dee Brown. He also wonders if Charles Jackson will redshirt, labeling that the best subplot of the preseason.

On his blog, Mark Tupper predicts that Illinois Wesleyan will be a much better test than some of the club or AAU teams we had before the ruling changed last year. In his story for the Decatur Herald & Review, Tupper writes that the matchup is No. 1 in Division III against the team that was No. 1 in Division I for 15 consecutive weeks last season.

John Supinie gives some background on the Titans in a column for the PJStar. They return all five starters from last year, including senior guard Adam Dauksas, who averaged 15.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists to earn CCIW Player of the Year last season.
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