Freshman Abrams Named Team MVP
Illini to Face Iowa on Thursday at 10:30 am in First Game of Tourney
Meyers Leonard led the scoring for Illinois with 18 points
Final Home Game for Maniscalco, Selus
Paul had 20 points to pace the Illini, while Meyers Leonard added 15.
Photos from Illinois' 64-61 loss to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament (photos by Mark Jones and AP)
Illinois at Wisconsin March 4, 2012
Illinois vs. Michigan March 1, 2012
Photos from the Illinois men's basketball game vs. Iowa at Assembly Hall on Feb. 26, 2012. (photos by Mark Cowan)
AP Photos: Illinois at No. 8 Ohio State
AT ILLINOIS2011-12: Illinois's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Was fifth on team in scoring at 6.2 ppg and second in assists at 2.3 apg ... Scored in double figures seven times and twice was the Illini's leading scorer ... Played 19 minutes in his Illini debut, totaling five points and three assists in the opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 11) ... Scored 15 points vs. Lipscomb (Nov. 17) ... Named to all-tournament team at the Cancun Challenge ... Totaled 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting vs. Richmond (Nov. 22) in Cancun ... Scored 14 points, including five in the final minute, vs. Illinois State (Nov. 23) in Cancun ... Notched a career-high 24 points, including 5-of-8 from three and 7-of-7 from the free throw line, at Maryland (Nov. 29) ... Posted season highs with six assists and four steals to go along with 10 points vs. Gonzaga (Dec. 3) ... Matched season high with six assists vs. Cornell (Dec. 19) ... Played a season-high 36 minutes and scored 10 points vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27) ... Had five points, a season-high four rebounds and four assists vs. Iowa (Feb. 26).
AT BRADLEYPlayed in 111 career games, posting totals of 1,210 points and 355 assists ... Three-year team co-captain ... Started the first six games as a senior before he was sidelined for the remainder of the season by an ankle injury and subsequent surgery ... Averaged 13.1 points and 3.4 assists as a junior, earning second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and second-team NABC All-District 16 accolades ... 2010 MVC All-Tournament Team ... 2010 First-team MVC Scholar-Athlete and NABC Honors Court ... Scored a career-high 31 points vs. Creighton in the MVC Tournament quarterfinal (March 5, 2010) ... Averaged 12.6 points and 3.1 assists as a sophomore ... 2009 Second-team MVC Scholar Athelte ... Averaged 7.7 points and 3.0 assists as a freshman, earning a spot on the MVC All-Newcomer and All-Freshmen Teams.
HIGH SCHOOLTwo-time member of the East Suburban Catholic Conference all-league team ... Led the conference in scoring each of his last two years, including an average of 20.3 points as a senior ... First-team All-State pick in 2007 by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... Played for the North squad in the 2007 IBCA Class AA All-Star Game.
PERSONALBorn Nov. 26, 1988 ... Enrolled in the UI master's program in recreation, sport and tourism ... Earned a bachelor's degree in sports communication from Bradley in May 2011 ... Parents are Carl and Coyla Maniscalco ... Carl played college basketball at Bradley from 1978-80 ... Has two older brothers, Jack and Anthony ... Credits his father for most influencing his atheltic career because "He has always been my coach and pushed me to get better" ... Favorite athelte is Derek Jeter because "He's a proven winner, a class act, and a champion leader" ... Favorite Fighting Illini player growing was Dee Brown ... Hopes to continue with basketball by playing professionally, coaching at the Division I level, or becoming a TV analyst.