Illinois Big Ten Tournament Preview
March 10, 2010
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV (Friday): ESPN (also streamed online at ESPN360.com) - Dave O'Brien (Play-By-Play), Steve Lavin (Analysis)
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
Illini Big Ten Tournament Notes
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
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
Complete set of Illinois Basketball Big Ten Tournament Notes available by clicking on PDF link at top of this page.