Illinois basketball teams hold outdoor practice -

Illinois basketball teams hold outdoor practice

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois men's and women's basketball teams got an early start to their seasons today, holding what they called the world's largest outdoor basketball practice on a portable court at Memorial Stadium.

It's unlikely they'll be able to repeat it, though. The NCAA is expected to ban such early events after coaches at other schools complained.

The basketball teams took advantage of Illinois' homecoming football crowd, setting up the court in the stadium's south end zone and practicing and scrimmaging right after the Illini's 27-20 loss to Minnesota.

Weber received permission from the NCAA to hold the practice ahead of the official Oct. 17 start date.

Illinois opens its season Nov. 14 at home against Eastern Washington.

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