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Watch now: ISU men's basketball to entertain Missouri State in MVC opener on Dec. 1

NORMAL — Illinois State's men's basketball team will open the Missouri Valley Conference season on Dec. 1 against Missouri State as the MVC office released the league schedule Tuesday.

This year, all 10 league schools will play a single conference game the week after Thanksgiving (on either Dec. 1 or 2). This will be the earliest MVC starting date in ISU's history.

Each school's remaining 17 league contests will occur after Christmas, beginning with games on Jan. 2 when ISU travels to Valparaiso.

The MVC women's basketball schedule is expected to be released later Tuesday.