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
AT ILLINOIS2012-13 SENIOR: Third-team (coaches) and honorable mention (media) All-Big Ten ... Started all 36 games and led Illini in minutes (33.8 mpg) ... Second on team in scoring, averaging career-high 12.3 points ... Ninth in Big Ten in scoring during conference play (14.2 ppg) ... Fourth in Big Ten with average of 2.3 three-pointers per game ... Total of 83 made 3-pointers is tied for fifth on Illini single-season list ... Third in Big Ten in free throw percentage, shooting 81.5 percent (75-92) ... Second on the team in steals (1.4 spg), third in assists (1.6 apg), and fourth in rebounds (3.9 rpg) ... Winner of team's Kenny Battle Leadership Award ...EA SPORTS Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Scored in double figures 25 times ... 16 points and team-high six rebounds at Hawaii (Nov. 16) ... Made game-winning 3-pointer at buzzer to give Illini a 1-point overtime win on Hawaii's home floor ... 14 points and career-high nine rebounds in Maui Invite title game vs. Butler (Nov. 21) ... 14 points, including four 3-pointers, vs. Georgia Tech (Nov. 28) ... Career-high seven assists vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 16) ... Tied career high with nine boards at Purdue (Jan. 2) ... Career-high 30 points and made career-high six 3-pointers at Nebraska (Jan. 22) ... Game-high 23 points vs. No. 1 Indiana (Feb. 7), including a solo 8-0 run down the stretch to tie the game at 70 ... Game-high 18 points, including career-best 8-of-8 on free throws, vs. Purdue (Feb. 13) ... Game highs for both points (18) and rebounds (8) at Northwestern (Feb. 17) ... Team-high 18 points, including 8-of-9 from FT line, vs. Penn State (Feb. 21) ... 14 points vs. Colorado in NCAA Tournament Second Round (March 22) ... Finished career ranked 13th on Illini all-time scoring list (1,477 pts), third in made 3-pointers (278), tied for third in games played (138), fourth in starts (132) and fifth in minutes (4,347).
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.
HIGH SCHOOLConsensus Top 50 recruit averaged 12 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals as a senior at Findlay Prep ... Helped lead Findlay to a perfect 33-0 record and national championship after winning the 2009 ESPN Rise National High School Invitational ... Fourth-Team Parade Magazine All-American ... ESPN Rise National High School Invitational All-Tournament team ... Selected to play for the U.S. squad in the annual Senior Showcase game in Orlando, which featured a team of United States All-Stars vs. Florida All-Stars ... Ranked No. 35 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 30 by All Star Report, No. 38 by both Rivals.com and Prep Stars and No. 42 by Scout.com ... Attended Peoria Central High School from freshman through junior seasons ... Led the Mid-State 6 conference in scoring as a junior, averaging 17.8 points along with six rebounds ... First-team All-State selection by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and second-team All-State by the Associated Press and Chicago Sun-Times and special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune as a junior ... Prep school coach at Findlay was Michael Peck and high school coach at Central was Dan Ruffin ... Played for the Illinois Warriors AAU program, coached by Larry Butler.
PERSONALBorn Feb. 11, 1991 ... Given name is Dietrich James Richardson but has always gone by D.J. ... Majoring in communication ... Parents are D.J. Sr. and Brendetta Richardson ... Has two brothers and three sisters ... His entire starting lineup from Findlay Prep earned Div. I scholarships ... Prior to Findlay, attended Peoria Central High School ... Favorite athlete is Dwyane Wade ... Favorite Illini players growing up were Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head ... Credits his brother, Terrance Smith, and former Illini and Peoria native Jamar Smith as the people that have most influenced his basketball career because "They made me earn everything on the court and always pushed me to get better."