Illinois Big Ten Tournament Notes
March 11, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
2009 Big Ten Tournament
#2 Seed ILLINOIS (23-8, 11-7)
Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 11.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.8 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.3 apg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.9 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
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 11 years, including three times in five years under Bruce Weber.
Bruce Weber has the best winning percentage of any coach in BTT history at .714 (10-4).
Illinois has advanced to the semifinals in 10 of the first 11 Tournaments.
Illinois has received an opening-round bye for the ninth time in the 12-year history of the tournament.
This is Illinois' third time in the BTT as the No. 2 seed. The Illini are 4-1 all-time as the No. 2, advancing to the semifinals in 1998 and winning the championship in 2003.
Demetri McCamey was named to the 2008 Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists over four games, the highest averages of any player on the current Illini roster. Other UI players with BTT experience are Chester Frazier (8 G, 5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apg), Trent Meacham (7 G, 5.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Calvin Brock (4.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Mike Davis (4 G, 3.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg), Jeff Jordan (4 G, 1.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg), Mike Tisdale (1.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg), Richard Semrau (1 G) and C.J. Jackson (1 G).
Illinois is 6-4 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) and 3-1 last year (defeated Penn State in first round, Purdue in quarterfinal, Minnesota in semifinal and lost to Wisconsin in championship)
When including a victory over Gonzaga in the 2004 Wooden Tradition, Illinois' all-time record at Conseco Fieldhouse is 7-4.
Four Illini Earn End of Season Awards
Mike Davis // Sophomore // Forward
Demetri McCamey // Sophomore // Guard
Mike Tisdale // Sophomore // Center
Chester Frazier // Senior // Guard
Team Top 50 RPI Wins 1. Michigan State 12 2. Kansas 9 Oklahoma 9 Pittsburgh 9 5. Illinois 8 Connecticut 8 Louisville 8
Illini Postseason Resume
Weber Named Phelan Award Finalist
Illinois is 23-8 overall, 11-7 in the Big Ten, ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll and has an RPI of 20.
The Illini have improved 10 games on last year's regular season win total, which is the third-biggest turnaround in NCAA Div. I and the second-biggest turnaround among BCS programs this season.
Illinois finished as the Big Ten runner-up after being picked between fifth and seventh in the preseason polls. The second-place performance follows last season's ninth-place finish, with the seven-place improvement in the conference standings tying the biggest turnaround in school history.
Illinois improved six games on last year's win total in Big Ten play, which is the second-biggest turnaround in school history.
Weber has the highest winning percentage (.733) of any coach in Big Ten history who has coached at least six seasons in the conference.
He has won 151 games in his six seasons in Champaign-Urbana, ranking third on Illinois' all-time wins list.
With 254 victories overall, Weber has the 10th-most wins in NCAA history by a head coach through 11 seasons.
The remaining finalists for the Jim Phelan Award are Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), John Calipari (Memphis), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Darrin Horn (South Carolina), Trent Johnson (LSU), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), Bill Self (Kansas), Brad Stevens (Butler) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).
The Jim Phelan Award is given annually to the nation's top coach, as voted on by a 20-member panel. The winner will be presented with the award at the 2009 Final Four in Detroit. Prior to 2003 the award was known simply as the CollegeInsider.com national coach of the year. It was renamed to honor longtime Mount St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan who retired following the 2002-03 season.
Illini Turnaround Near the Top Nationally
07-08 08-09 Team Conf. Wins Wins Increase 1. Citadel Southern 6 20 14 2. LSU SEC 13 25 12 3. Illinois Big Ten 13 23 10 Michigan Big Ten 9 19 10 Stony Brook America East 6 16 10 6. Buffalo MAC 10 19 9 Cal Riverside Big West 8 17 9 Charleston Southern 14 23 9 Long Beach St. Big West 6 15 9 Missouri Big XII 16 25 9 Nicholls State Southland 10 19 9 Northwestern Big Ten 8 17 9 Portland West Coast 9 18 9
Illini Improvement in Big Ten Play Ranks Among Best in School History
Illini Improvement in Big Ten Wins 1. 2000, 11 wins 1999, 3 wins +8 wins 2. 2009, 11 wins 2008, 5 wins +6 wins 1951, 13 wins 1950, 7 wins +6 wins 1942, 13 wins 1941, 7 wins +6 wins 1908, 6 wins 1907, 0 wins +6 wins 6. 1915, 12 wins 1914, 7 wins +5 wins
Weber a Finalist for Skip Prosser Award
The Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award is given annually to a Division I head coach who best represents the high standards of the coaching profession: winning with integrity. The award is named in memory of former Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser, who passed away suddenly on July 26, 2007.
The Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award was established by CollegeInsider.com and the Prosser family and will be presented at the Final Four in Detroit.
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball Big Ten Tournament notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.