Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
No. 7 Illini to face No. 10 Colorado in 2nd Round, March 22, in Austin
No. 8 seed Illini to Face No. 9 Seed Minnesota on Thursday, March 14 at 11 am CT
Illini close regular season looking for season sweep of Buckeyes
Illini have won six of their last seven heading into Tuesday night tilt in Iowa City
Photos from the Illinois-Nebraska Men's Basketball game on March 2, 2013 at Assembly Hall.
Photos from the Illini's game against the St. Francis Terriers on Nov. 12, 2012. (Photos by Mark Cowan)
Photos from Men's Basketball's Orange and Blue Scrimmage on Oct. 22, 2012, at Assembly Hall. (photos by Cary Frye)
AT ILLINOIS2012-13 JUNIOR: Winner of team's Lou Henson Courage Award ... Played in 10 games on the season ... Recorded an assist vs. St. Francis-N.Y. (Nov. 12) ... Hit two free throws vs. USC (Nov. 19) ... Made three free throws and had an assist vs. Chaminade (Nov. 20) ... Tabbed two rebounds at Nebraska (Jan. 2) ... Entered the game on Senior Day vs. Nebraska (March 2).
2011-12 SOPHOMORE: Played in seven games on the season, seeing action vs. SIU Edwardsville, Lipscomb, Chicago State, Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan and Wisconsin.
2010-11 FRESHMAN: Appeared in nine games ... Saw first career action vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 8) ... Scored career-high four points in six minutes vs. Toledo (Nov. 10) ... Grabbed first rebound at Western Michigan (Nov. 27) ... Made a pair of free throws vs. Northern Colorado (Dec. 12).
AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT2009-10 REDSHIRT: Attended Loyola Marymount and was a walk-on member of the basketball team, but sat out the season as a redshirt ... Transferred to Illinois following the 2010 spring semester and retains four years of eligibility.
HIGH SCHOOLThree-year varsity letterwinner at Lake Forest ... Two-time North Suburban All-Conference selection as a junior and senior ... Pioneer Press All-Area All-Rookie Team as a sophomore and All-Area Team as a senior ... Team captain as a senior, averaging 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals and helping lead Lake Forest to the North Suburban Conference title ... Set school records for single-season and career assists ... High school coach was Phil LaScala ... Played for the Chicago Elite AAU program.
PERSONALBorn August 1, 1990 ... Parents are Don and Terri Berardini ... Majoring in political science ... Has two older brothers, Mike and Nick, and a younger brother, Danny ... Brother, Nick, played college basketball team at the University of Missouri ... Plans to attend law school after college ... National Honor Society member and two-time Academic All-Conference selection in 2008 and 2009 ... Credits his older brothers as the people who have most influenced his basketball career by "constantly teaching me how to play the game the right way and teaching me how to compete every time I show up on the court."