Aug. 4, 2005

Park Ridge, IL – The conference office announced the schedule for the 2005 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Foreign Tour team today, as Illinois head coach Bruce Weber will lead his squad against five teams in Spain from August 9-19.

After a three-day training session on the campus of University of Illinois, the Big Ten Foreign Tour team will depart on Tuesday, August 9, and arrive in Barcelona, Spain, the next afternoon. After two days of rest and sightseeing, the squad will open competition against the Huesca Basketball Club on Saturday, August 13. After a day off, the Big Ten contingent resumes competition against the VIC Barcelona Basketball Club on Monday, August 15. The Tour squad will then travel to Valencia, Spain where they will take on the Alcora Basketball Club on Tuesday, August 16 and the Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club on Wednesday, August 17. The team wraps up the Tour facing the C.B. Valls Basketball Club on Thursday, August 18 in Barcelona, Spain. The Big Ten Foreign Tour team will return to the United States on Friday, August 19.

The future of the Big Ten will be on display overseas as seven of the 12 players have completed two or fewer seasons of college basketball. The group includes student-athletes from all 11 league schools, including Illinois’ Calvin Brock and Brian Randle, Iowa’s Mike Henderson, Indiana’s Marco Killingsworth, Michigan’s Ron Coleman, Michigan State’s Goran Suton, Minnesota’s Spencer Tollackson, Northwestern’s Evan Seacat, Ohio State’s Matt Terwilliger, Penn State’s Brandon Hassell, Purdue’s Matt Kiefer and Wisconsin’s Jason Chappell.

The league’s last Foreign Tour team in 2004 produced a record of 3-2 to boast a winning record for the third straight trip (6-0 in 2001, 4-1 in 2002) for the first time since the team’s inception in 1991. The Big Ten had produced back-to-back trips above .500 on two occasions, from 1991-92 and 1995-96. The conference office has sent teams overseas in 12 of the last 14 years, compiling an overall record of 49-31.

The complete 2005 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Foreign Tour Team schedule and roster follows.


Date Opponent/Event Site
Aug. 9 Depart for Spain
Aug. 10 NO GAME
Aug. 11 NO GAME
Aug. 12 NO GAME
Aug. 13 Huesca Basketball Club Barcelona, Spain
Aug. 14 NO GAME
Aug. 15 VIC Barcelona Basketball Club Barcelona, Spain
Aug. 16 Alcora Basketball Club Valencia, Spain
Aug. 17 Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club Valencia, Spain
Aug. 18 C.B. Valls Basketball Club Barcelona, Spain
Aug. 19 Depart for United States


School Player Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt. Howetown/High School
ILL Calvin Brock G FR 6-4 185 Chicago, Ill./Simeon
ILL Brian Randle G SO 6-7 210 Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame
IND Marco Killingsworth F SR 6-8 240 Montgomery, Ala./Central Park Christian
IOWA Mike Henderson G JR 6-2 190 Waterloo, Iowa/East
MICH Ron Coleman F SO 6-6 210 Romulus, Mich./Romulus
MSU Goran Suton C FR 6-10 250 Lansing, Mich./Everett
MINN Spencer Tollackson C SO 6-9 275 Chaska, Minn./Chaska
NU Evan Seacat G SR 6-2 180 Paoli, Ind./Paoli
OSU Matt Terwilliger F SO 6-8 215 Troy, Ohio/Troy
PSU Brandon Hassell F SO 6-9 210 Farmersville, Ohio/Valley View
PUR Matt Kiefer F SR 6-10 225 Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei
WIS Jason Chappell F JR 6-10 240 New Berlin, Wis./West