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March 10, 2010

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ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
2010 Big Ten Tournament // #5 Seed Illinois (18-13, 10-8)
March 12-14 // Indianapolis, Ind. // Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)

TV (Friday): ESPN (also streamed online at ESPN360.com) - Dave O'Brien (Play-By-Play), Steve Lavin (Analysis)
TV (Saturday & Sunday): CBS - Jim Nantz (Play-By-Play), Clark Kellogg (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), Loren Tate (Reports)

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.  Name              Ht.   Wt.   Yr.   PPG   RPG   APG   Other
G     32   Demetri McCamey   6-3   200   Jr.   14.9  3.2   6.8   46.9  FG%
G     1    D.J. Richardson   6-3   185   Fr.   10.3  2.7   2.1   39.0  3FG%
F     30   Bill Cole         6-9   215   Jr.   4.6   3.3   1.1   46.4  FG%
F     24   Mike Davis        6-9   220   Jr.   10.3  8.8   0.9   68  off. reb.
C     54   Mike Tisdale      7-1   235   Jr.   11.6  6.1   0.8   51  blocks

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. considering redshirt G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 8.1 2.9 1.3 27 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.1 A/TO G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 0.6 0.1 0.0 14 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.6 0.4 0.3 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 4.7 2.3 0.6 46.6 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.0 1.6 0.3 53.2 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 1.5 1.6 0.2 9-13 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 273-124/.688 (12th year)
At Illinois: 170-70/.708 (7th year)
Big Ten: 74-44/.627
Big Ten Tournament: 11-5/.688
Associate Head Coach: Wayne McClain (9th year)
Assistant Coaches: Jay Price (7th year), Jerrance Howard (3rd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (7th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (2nd year)
Video Coordinator: Matt Scaletta (1st year)
Athletic Trainer: Al Martindale (7th year)
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jimmy Price (7th year)

Illini Big Ten Tournament Notes
• Illinois has the most all-time Big Ten Tournament (BTT) wins with 22 and the best all-time BTT winning percentage at .688 (22-10).

• Illinois has won two BTT championships (2003 and 2005), tied with Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin for the most titles.

• Illinois also has the most BTT championship game appearances, having advanced to the title game six times in 12 years, including three times under Bruce Weber.

Bruce Weber owns the second-highest winning percentage of any coach in BTT history - and the best among current league coaches - at .688 (11-5).

• Illinois is 11-1 in BTT quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals in 11 of 12 Tournaments.

• Illinois has received an opening-round bye for the 10th time in the 13-year history of the tournament.

• This is Illinois' first time as a No. 5 seed in the BTT.

• Illinois and Wisconsin are meeting in the BTT for the sixth time with the Badgers owning a 3-2 edge in the series. Three of the five previous BTT meetings were in the championship game. This is the second time that the Illini and the Badgers face each other in the BTT quarterfinal. The first was in the inaugural BTT in 1998, a 66-61 Illini victory.

• Eight players on the current Illini roster have BTT experience, including six key contributors. Demetri McCamey is averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists over six tournament games and was named to the All-Tournament team as a freshman in 2008. Mike Davis has averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds over six tournament games and earned a spot on last year's All-Tournament Team. Other UI players with BTT experience are Mike Tisdale (6 G, 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Dominique Keller (2 G, 9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Bill Cole (1 G, 9 pts), Jeff Jordan (6 G, 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.7 apg), Richard Semrau (2 G) and Bubba Chisholm (1 G).

• Illinois is 7-5 all-time in BTT games at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Illini went 1-1 in 2002 (defeated Minnesota in quarterfinal and lost to Ohio State in semifinal), 2-1 in 2004 (defeated Indiana in quarterfinal and Michigan in semifinal and lost to Wisconsin in championship), 0-1 in 2006 (lost to Michigan State in quarterfinal), 3-1 in 2008 (defeated Penn State in first round, Purdue in quarterfinal, Minnesota in semifinal and lost to Wisconsin in championship), and 1-1 last year (defeated Michigan in quarterfinal and lost to Purdue in semifinal).

• When including a victory over Gonzaga in the 2004 Wooden Tradition, Illinois' all-time record at Conseco Fieldhouse is 8-5.

Illini Facing Nation's Toughest Schedule To Finish Season
When including Friday's Big Ten Tournament game vs. Wisconsin, Illinois is playing seven teams that are ranked in the Top 15 of the Associated Press poll and Top 30 of the RPI over a nine-game stretch. Illinois is the only team in the country to face seven ranked teams over its last nine games.

Quality Wins
Illinois has four wins over the RPI Top 25 this season, with victories over Clemson, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Illinois is tied for the fourth-highest win total nationally over Top 25 RPI teams:

   Team     Top 25 RPI Wins
1. Kansas          6
2. Georgetown      5
   Syracuse        5
4. Illinois        4
   New Mexico      4
   Ohio State      4
   Oklahoma State  4
   Purdue          4
   West Virginia   4
   Wisconsin       4

Life on the Bubble
Illinois has many things working in its favor regarding the NCAA Tournament. Of the teams ESPN's Joe Lunardi has on his current bubble, Illinois has the most quality wins with four Top-25 RPI wins, Also among the bubble teams, Illinois ranks fifth in overall strength of schedule and fourth in non-conference schedule strength. The Illini finished in sole possession of fifth place in the Big Ten - a league that has four Top 25 RPI teams ­- with a record of 10-8.

Complete set of Illinois Basketball Big Ten Tournament Notes available by clicking on PDF link at top of this page.

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