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Friday, Nov. 28

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[NOV. 28, 2003]  The Probable Starters:

ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS (1-1)                ppg   rpg  apg
F 21 Marcus Arnold 6-8 225 So.-1L Chicago, Ill. 18.5   8.5  1.0*
F 50 Greg Dilligard 6-8 215 Fr.-HS Labelle, Mo.    5.5   1.5   2.0
G 2 Gregg Alexander 6-4 195 Jr.-2L Lincoln, Ill.   13.0   4.0   2.0
G 11 Vince Greene 5-9 160 Sr.-2L Chicago, Ill.     3.5   1.0   1.5
G 25 Neil Plank 6-5 200 So.-TR Mt. Zion, Ill.      12.5    7.0   3.0


F 25 John Neil 6-6 210 Jr. Los Altos, Calif.             5.5   1.0   1.5
F 32 Spencer Nelson 6-8 225 Jr. Pocatello, Idaho 14.5   6.5   2.5
C 42 Mike Ahmad 6-9 240 Sr. Glendora, Calif.       5.0   3.5   0.5*
G 15 Cardell Butler 6-4 195 Sr. San Francisco, CA 9.0   3.5   1.5
G 20 Mark Brown 5-10 150 Sr. Tucson, Ariz.         9.5   1.5   3.0

NOTE – (*) indicates blocks per game.

About The Game: Tonight’s game is a return game from last year’s season opener at Redbird Arena. Last season the Aggies claimed a 68-53 win on way to their third NCAA appearance in the last four years.
Series History: This is the fourth meeting between the two schools with Illinois State leading the series 2-1. The Redbirds claimed the only meeting in Logan with a 93-87 overtime win in the first round of the 1995 National Invitation Tournament.  Last Time They Met: Trey Guidry led Illinois State with 20 points, including six three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough as the Utah State Aggies spoiled the Redbirds’ season opener, 68-53, at Redbird Arena last season. Vince Greene was the only other Illinois State player to score in double figures with 10, while Marcus Arnold turned in nine points.
The ‘Birds shot only 39 percent from the field and made only one of their eight (.125) free-throw attempts. Desmond Penigar led Utah State with 22 points, going 4-for-4 from three-point range. Point guard Mark Brown scored 19 points for the Aggies.
On the Radio Dial: Dick Luedke, play-by-play; Mike Matthews, color; Bruce Evans, sideline (home only) and Tim Fisher, studio host. Affiliates: WJBC (AM 1230/Bloomington), flagship; WJEZ (FM 98.9/Dwight), WDID (AM 1510/Highland), WZOE (AM 1490/Princeton); WFMB (AM 1450/Springfield). All Redbird broadcasts can be heard via the Internet at either or WJBC also carries Porter Moser’s weekly call-in show, which generally airs each Thursday from 6:07-7 pm, depending on the schedule.

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