Illinois Fighting Illini, Loyola Ramblers Preview: Illini Start Basketball Season At Home

TULSA, OK - MARCH 20: Head coach Bruce Weber of the Illinois Fighting Illini yells from the sidelines during the third round game against the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Fighting Illini start the 2011-2012 basketball season against in-state, out-of-conference rival, the Loyola Ramblers.

The Illinois Fighting Illini begin their 2011-2012 basketball season tonight, hosting the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers tonight with tip-off at 8:00 p.m. CST.

The Fighting Illini look to start the season on a good note, adding another win to their previously successful series against the Ramblers. Having won only 3 of their 14 games against the Illini, the Ramblers figure to be a considerable underdog tonight, but the Illini have no small task in replacing three starting seniors from last year, including G Demetri McCamey who led the team with a 14.8 PPG in the 2010-2011 season.

With a roster consisting of six different freshman, the Illini have needed to reinvent themselves somewhat this off-season. Tonight's game will be an early test for the new Illini team, which must find a new rebounds leader and assists leader.

For more breaking news, previews, and recaps, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. And head over to Hail to the Orangefor more Illinois commentary and analysis.

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