Vanderbilt and Illinois will launch a two-year basketball series in the 2008-09 season, Commodores coach Kevin Stallings told The City Paper on Wednesday.
Although a contract has not yet been signed, Illinois is tentatively scheduled to visit Vanderbilt on Nov. 17. The Commodores will play in Champaign, Ill., during the 2009-10 season.
Vandebilt and Illinois have played six times, most recently during the 1992-93 season. The Fighting Illini lead the series 4-2.
Stallings calls Illinois coach Bruce Weber "my best friend in the coaching profession."
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