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Saturday, Sept. 20

Illinois State-Marshall delayed,
Eastern Michigan added
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[SEPT. 20, 2003]  NORMAL -- The Illinois State men's basketball return game against Marshall that was to be played on Dec. 6 has been rescheduled. It was originally to be part of the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday event. The game will be played during the 2004-05 season at Redbird Arena in order to oblige ESPN.

However, the Redbirds will still be hosting a game on Dec. 6 at Redbird Arena, as Illinois State will face Eastern Michigan in the first game of a home-and-home series. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Marshall will travel to Portland, Ore., to face Oregon in ESPN's Pape Jam.

Head coach Porter Moser is satisfied with the change and sees some long-term benefits.

"On the scheduling side, we have the opportunity to play another MAC team, which is a very good league," Moser said.

"Additional benefits to this change, we feel, is our relationship with ESPN and the benefits we could receive from accommodating them. ESPN is the premier platform for college basketball, and when this program goes to new heights, which it will, a positive relationship with ESPN will be beneficial down the road."


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ESPN regional television general manager Dan Shoemaker was grateful.

"We really appreciate coach Porter Moser and director of athletics Perk Weisenburger for accommodating us on this move so that we could finalize this process," said Dan Shoemaker at ESPN. "We appreciate the flexibility and cooperation of Illinois State, Eastern Michigan and Marshall regarding this event. We're confident that this will benefit all the parties involved."

[Todd Kober, director of athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]


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