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Illinois will be taking on VCU during the 2016-17 basketball season, according to a Tuesday report.

The game won't be played in Illinois or in Virginia, however. It will be played in Miami. For some reason.

Why the game will be played at the home of the NBA's Miami Heat remains to be seen, but it figures to be a tough test for the Illini.

The Rams were in last season's NCAA tournament field, advancing to the Round of 32, where they lost to eventual Final Four participant Oklahoma.

Illinois and VCU have never played each other in men's basketball. The Rams have been one of the more consistently good mid-major programs in recent years, playing in each of the last six NCAA tournaments and reaching the Final Four in 2011.

It was also announced that Illinois will play a non-conference game against North Carolina State as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.