NCAA Tournament 3rd Round // Austin, Texas (Erwin Center)
Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
Press Conference Transcript and Locker Room Quotes
Press Conference video and quote from Thursday in Austin
No. 7 Illini to face No. 10 Colorado in 2nd Round, March 22, in Austin
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)
Photos from the Illinois-Nebraska Men's Basketball game on March 2, 2013 at Assembly Hall.
Illinois vs. No. 7 Michigan
Illinois men's basketball
AT ILLINOIS2012-13 SENIOR: Transferred to Illinois after four years at Coastal Carolina ... Eligible immediately per NCAA graduate transfer rules ... Winner of team's Matt Heldman "Matto" Award ... Played in all 36 games, making 16 starts ... Averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds ... Led team and ranked 10th in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding (2.2 rpg) ... Four points and season-high seven rebounds in first career UI action in opener vs. Colgate (Nov. 9) ... Seven points with six rebounds vs. Chaminade (Nov. 20) ... Five points, five rebounds and two steals vs. Western Carolina (Dec. 4) ... Six points, six rebounds (five offensive) and season-high three blocked shots vs. Norfolk State (Dec. 11) ... Six points and three boards vs. Auburn (12/29) ... Six points and five offensive boards in first career UI start vs. Northwestern (Jan. 17) ... Seven points at Nebraska (Jan. 22) ... Totaled seven points and grabbed six rebounds (five offensive) vs. Michigan (Jan. 27) ... Seven points at Michigan State (Jan. 31) ... Hit first 3-pointer as an Illini at Minnesota (Feb. 10) ... Season-high eight points on 4-of-8 shooting vs. Purdue (Feb. 13) ... Six points and hit a season-high four free throws vs. Penn State (Feb. 21) ... Four offensive boards at Iowa (March 5) ... Matched season high with seven rebounds vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (March 15) ... Five rebounds and two blocks vs. Miami in NCAA Tournament Third Round (March 24).
AT COASTAL CAROLINAPlayed in 105 career games at Coastal Carolina, starting 91 times and posting totals of 674 points, 647 rebounds and 155 blocks along with a career field-goal percentage of .618 ... Owns the Coastal Carolina school record for career blocked shots and ranks seventh on the school's all-time rebounding list ... Two-time Big South All-Academic Selection ... First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2012 ... Started all 31 games for the Chanticleers last season, averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the field ... Scored a career-high 20 points vs. Old Dominion on March 13, 2012 ... Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over LSU on Nov. 15, 2011 ... Averaged 7.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 2011, setting the Coastal Carolina single-season record with 60 blocked shots ... Selected to the 2011 Big South All-Tournament Team after averaging 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games while helping lead the Chanticleers to a championship-game appearance ... Averaged 3.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 2010 ... Played in the first six games before a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the 2009 season, resulting in a medical redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOLTwo-time, first-team Class 4A All-State selection ... Big Bend Player of the Year and first-team selection as both a junior and senior ... Four-time All-Gadsden County pick ... Honor roll student at East Gadsden High ... High school coach was Dimitri Salters ... Played for the Team Breakdown AAU program, coached by Kenny Gillion.
PERSONALBorn Nov. 8, 1989 in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Enrolled in the UI master's program in recreation, sport and tourism ... Earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Coastal Carolina in 2012 ... Grandparents are Bobby and Vienia McLaurin ... Has an older brother, Adontay, younger sister, Daphne, and younger brother, Zachary ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning at Clemson last season ... Favorite athlete is Kevin Garnett.