UNLV and Illinois to begin multiple year series

MANHATTAN, KS - FEBRUARY 22: Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Brad Underwood argues a call in the second half of a Big 12 matchup between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State Wildcats on February 22, 2017 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS. Oklahoma State won 80-68. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
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UNLV and Illinois will begin a multi-year series on Dec. 9th in Las Vegas, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Tuesday.

Official tip off times are yet to be determined.

There will be a return game in 2018-19 in Champaign.

Illinois is entering its first season under Brad Underwood while UNLV is entering its second under Marvin Menzies.

Read: Marvin Menzies Already Turning Things Around

Menzies has a good history of success, as evident by leading New Mexico State to five straight seasons with 23 or more wins before taking the UNLV job. The Runnin’ Rebels went 11-21 last season, which was the coach’s first season at the helm for UNLV.

The Rebels last went to the NCAA Tournament during the 2012-13 college basketball season.

Underwood has four years of head coaching experience under his belt. During those four seasons, he has amassed an overall record of 109-23.

Having started his head coaching career with Stephen F. Austin, before taking the Oklahoma State job prior to this season, Underwood has taken his teams to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons he’s been the leader of a program.

Underwood is taking over for John Groce.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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