Fighting Illini Basketball's Biggest Challenges for 2013-14

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Fighting Illini Basketball's Biggest Challenges for 2013-14
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As college football season swings into full gear, the world of college basketball awaits its turn in the national spotlight. The Big Ten recently announced its national television schedule on August 28, which features 49 games on the ESPN or CBS networks.

The Fighting Illini will kick off their regular season on November 8 at home against Alabama State.  Notable non-conference games include Georgia Tech and Auburn in Atlanta on December 3 and 8 respectively, at Oregon on December 14 and at Mizzou on December 21 in St. Louis. The Illini conclude their non-conference schedule against UIC at the United Center in Chicago on December 28.

The Illini will have a very young team in 2013, with only two seniors and graduate student Jon Ekey, a transfer from Illinois State.

Besides a young team, the Illini will face many challenges in 2013. Here we look at the five biggest challenges for the Illini this season. 

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