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Illinois State, VCU to begin series this fall

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 2:40pm  ET

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State says its men's basketball team will begin a home-and-home series with Virginia Commonwealth this fall.

Redbird head coach Dan Muller said in a news release Wednesday that Illinois State will open its 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 at VCU. The date for the return game the next season hasn't been set.

Under head coach Shaka Smart VCU has become an NCAA Tournament regular. The Rams finished last season 27-9 and beat Akron in the tournament before losing to Michigan.

Muller said the game this fall should offer the Redbirds an intense road test in a hostile arena.

Illinois State finished last season 18-15.

The teams haven't played since 1995. Muller was a sophomore on the ISU team that season.

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