Groce: Schedule is "a great challenge"

Published 08/22 2014 05:59PM

Updated 08/22 2014 06:39PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The game time is now set for the Braggin' Rights game against Missouri.  The U of I announced Friday that the game will tip off at 1:00 pm CT on December 20th and will be televised on ESPN 2.

Meanwhile the Big Ten schedule was released Thursday night, and the big thing that stands out immediately is that Illinois opens up with four of their first five games on the road - including back-to-back games at Michigan at Ohio State.  It's a tough way to start, but it makes finishing strong all the more important.

"I've seen kind of everything at this point when it comes to the scheduling so we see it as a great challenge and a great opportunity," head coach John Groce said.  "Our guys love challenges, they love to compete, we talk about being fearless all the time with everything we do.  We like to attack everything so our guys will look forward to that challenge."

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