NCAA Tournament 3rd Round // Austin, Texas (Erwin Center)
Illinois took Miami to the wire, but came up just short.
Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
Brandon Paul led Illinois with 17 points; Illini to face Miami in 3rd Round
NCAA Tournament 2nd Round // Austin, Texas (Erwin Center)
Photos from the NCAA Tournament 3rd Round game between Illinois and Miami on 3/24/13 in Austin, Texas. (Mark Jones)
Illinois vs. Colorado in the 2nd Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas - 3/22/13 (photos by Mark Jones)
Illinois vs. Indiana - 03/15/13
Illinois men's basketball
Illinois men's basketball
2011-12 JUNIOR: Third on team in scoring at 11.6 ppg (18th in Big Ten), first in 3-point shooting at 34.8 percent, and second in double-digit scoring games with 21 ... Ranked third in Big Ten with 71 three-pointers made (2.2 per game) and seventh in minutes played (34.6 mpg) ... Started 31 of 32 games and was the UI's leading scorer in six contests ... Tied season high with three steals in season opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 11) ... Scored season-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting vs. SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 14) ... Named MVP of the Cancun Challenge, the first all-tournament honor of his career ... Scored 15 points and had five rebounds vs. Richmond (Nov. 22) in Cancun ... Season high five assists in 18 minutes vs. Chicago State (Nov. 27) ... Hit four three-pointers while scoring 19 points vs. Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Equaled season high with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting vs. Coppin State (Dec. 11) ... Scored a game-high 19 points and had a season-high eight rebounds against UNLV (Dec. 17) ... Had 17 points and matched season-high with five three-pointers vs. Cornell (Dec. 19) ... Played all 40 minutes and scored 10 points vs. Ohio State (Jan. 10) ... Equaled season high with five assists at Penn State (Jan. 19) ... Scored 19 points and matched season's best with five threes at Indiana (Feb. 9) ... Became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in Illinois history at Ohio State (Feb. 21).
2010-11 SOPHOMORE: Started 30 of 34 games and was fifth on team in scoring, averaging 8.4 points ... Scored in double figures 15 times and led the team in scoring three times ... Second on the team with 55 three-pointers ... Third on the team in assists (1.9 apg) ... Made a season-high five three-pointers en route to a season-high 17 points at Iowa (Dec. 29) ... 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting vs. UNLV (March 18) and 15 points vs. Kansas (March 20) in the NCAA Tournament ... Tied season high with five rebounds at Western Michigan (Nov. 27), vs. Gonzaga (Dec. 4) and at Indiana (Jan. 27) ... Twice dished out a season-high five assists, vs. Northern Colorado (Dec. 12) and at Iowa (Dec. 29).
2009-10 FRESHMAN: Big Ten Freshman of the Year by coaches and Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection ... Started 35 games, the most starts by a freshman in Illini history ... Team's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 10.5 points, along with 2.7 rebounds ... No. 2 freshman scorer in Big Ten behind Indiana's Christian Watford ... Eighth in Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 39 percent (69-177) ... Made 69 three-pointers, second-most ever by an Illini freshman ... Scored in double figures in 22 games ... Second on the team in assists, averaging 2.1 apg ... Scored season-high 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting at Penn State (Jan. 27) ... Made 8-of-8 from the free throw line at PSU ... Recorded season-high five assists vs. Presbyterian (Nov. 21) ... Made 5-of-6 three-pointers en route to 15 points vs. Wofford (Nov. 24) ... Tallied 17 points vs. Iowa (Jan. 17), tying season-high with five 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes ... Equaled season high with five assists vs. Northwestern (Dec. 30) ... Guarded Penn State's Talor Battle on Jan. 12, holding Battle to nine points on 4-of-19 shooting ... Guarded Michigan's Manny Harris on Feb. 23, holding Harris to 5-of-17 shooting.