Illinois Basketball will play games in Belgium and France between Aug. 9-19, according to multiple reports. The Illini will play in Ghent, Belgium, Normandy and Paris. There will also be times reserved for players, coaches and their families to do sight-seeing.
This will be a great opportunity for Tracy Abrams and Michael Finke to get re-acclimated to the game after sitting out the 2014-15 season. The incoming recruiting class of Jalen Coleman-Lands, D.J. Williams, Aaron Jordan and Darius Paul will be traveling with the team as well.
Illinois last took a foreign trip in summer of 2011 when Bruce Weber took the team to Italy. Teams are allowed to take basketball programs on a foreign trip every four teams, per NCAA rules.
The Illini fell to Alabama on St. Patrick's Day, 79-58, in the opening round of the NIT to end their season with a 19-14 overall record in John Groce's fourth season at the helm.