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Good afternoon everybody. It's a perfect time to knock out this week's chat, as I've still got some time to kill before tonight's Illini volleyball match. Not busy at 8 p.m.? Head on over to Huff Hall to see No. 17 Illinois (8-5, 3-1) take on No. 6 Minnesota (10-2, 4-0). The match will also …

Good afternoon everybody. This is kind of a momentous chat ... as in the last on this version of news-gazette.com. We’re launching our new website later this afternoon. The chat format is going to change moving forward, but I’ll put out the word on Twitter and IlliniHQ Facebook about that on…

On what exactly? Beat writer Scott Richey hit on numerous Illinois men's basketball topics during today's weekly give-and-take with fans.  

What are the odds Champaign's Tim Finke follows his older brother to Illinois? Beat writer Scott Richey touched on that, along with several other topics, in his weekly chat today.

What isn't? Find out as Illinois basketball beat writer Scott Richey had plenty on his plate during his Wednesday afternoon give-and-take.

When will the Illini start to settle on a starting lineup or a clear idea of what roles certain players will have? Beat writer Scott Richey touched on that and more in his weekly chat today.

Basketball Schedule

Nov. 1 Illinois vs. Lewis W 83 - 50
Nov. 5 Illinois vs. Nicholls State W 78 - 70
Nov. 8 Illinois vs Grand Canyon W 83 - 71
Nov. 10 Illinois vs. Arizona L 69 - 90
Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Hawaii W 66 - 53
Nov. 20 Illinois vs. The Citadel W 85 - 57
Nov. 26 Illinois vs. Lindenwood W 117 - 65
Dec. 2 Illinois vs. Miami L 79 - 81
Dec. 7 Illinois vs. Maryland
Dec. 12 Illinois vs. Michigan
Dec. 14 Illinois vs. Old Dominion
Dec. 21 Illinois vs. Missouri
Dec. 29 Illinois vs. North Carolina A/T
Jan. 2 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Jan. 5 Illinois vs. Purdue
Jan. 8 Illinois vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 11 Illinois vs. Rutgers
Jan. 18 Illinois vs. Northwestern
Jan. 21 Illinois vs.Purdue
Jan. 25 Illinois vs. Michigan
Jan. 30 Illinois vs. Minnesota
Feb. 2 Illinois vs.Iowa
Feb. 7 Illinois vs.Maryland
Feb. 11 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Feb. 15 Illinois vs. Rutgers
Feb. 18 Illinois vs. Penn State
Feb. 24 Illinois vs. Nebraska
Feb. 27 Illinois vs. Northwestern
Mar. 1 Illinois vs. Indiana
Mar. 5 Illinois vs. Ohio State
Mar. 8 Illinois vs. Iowa