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Illini, West Virginia To Take To Basketball Court In Italy

The Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (CBS) — The Fighting Illini basketball team will be joined by West Virginia in a stop at an American air base on its upcoming trip to Italy.

The Illini and the West Virginia Mountaineers are set to appear at Aviano Air Base on Aug. 17.

The teams will face each other on base in a short scrimmage. They will also conduct a clinic for children of troops stationed at the base north of Venice. The teams will also hold a dunk contest and scrimmage against some of the troops.

Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber says the event required an NCAA waiver. He says he is looking forward to the visit.

The Illini leave for Italy on Aug. 10 and return ten days later. They will play Italian pro squads and other teams while abroad.

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