Augustana send-off

Augustana College men's basketball coach Grey Giovanine waves to fans Wednesday during a send-off outside the Carver Center for the team as the team hits the road Wednesday to face Williams College in Friday’s NCAA Division III Final Four national semifinal game in Salem, Virginia.

Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Returning four starters from a team which finished as the NCAA Division III runner-up last season, the Augustana men’s basketball team will challenge itself with a regular-season game against Illinois.

Coach Grey Giovanine’s team will visit the State Farm Center on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth game of the season for team which finished 24-9 a year ago, earned a share of its eighth College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship in the past 15 years and reached the Division III title game for the second time in three years.

The game will be the Vikings’ first against a Division I opponent since winning an exhibition game at Bradley in 2014 and its first regular-season game against a Division I foe since playing at Gonzaga in 2009.

The starting time for the game has not been determined.

Augustana will open its season Nov. 15 with a game against Heidelberg that will be played at a neutral site in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Vikings’ home opener is two days later when Calvin visits the Carver Center.

Quad-City Times​

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