Friday, November 11, 2016

Men's and Women's Basketball: UIS men to be busy with four basketball games in week

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team is hitting the ground running.

Friday night the Prairie Stars close out the preseason with an exhibition against Bradley at Carver Arena at 7. It is the first of four games in six days for UIS.

The Stars tip off the regular season Sunday at Findlay (Ohio). UIS then hosts Illinois College on Monday and Robert Morris University on Wednesday. “It’s four games in six days, but one of them being an exhibition game, it doesn’t stay on your record so there is a little bit of flexibility,” UIS men’s basketball coach Bill Walker said.

UIS women’s basketball team is also back in action Friday night at 7. The Stars are tipping off the regular season against Lake Superior State in Hillsdale, Michigan, at the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge.

UIS plays again Saturday against host Hillsdale.

UIS has one exhibition game under its belt. Northwestern defeated the Stars 84-56 last Sunday in Evanston. “I was pleased with our performance in the exhibition game because I thought we played fearless,” UIS women’s coach Mark Kost said.

One of the biggest takeaways for UIS is five newcomers logged significant playing time in the exhibition.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on November 10, 2016.

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