Men's Basketball
Illinois Big Ten Tournament Notes

Demetri McCamey and the Illini will play the winner of Michigan vs. Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT on the BTN.
Demetri McCamey and the Illini will play the winner of Michigan vs. Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT on the BTN.

March 11, 2009

Champaign, Ill. -

Illinois Men's Basketball Big Ten Tournament Notes in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

2009 Big Ten Tournament
March 12-15
Indianapolis, Ind., Conseco Fieldhouse (18,345)

#2 Seed ILLINOIS (23-8, 11-7)
Quarterfinal vs. Michigan/Iowa winner
Friday, March 13, 5:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. ET
BTN (Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Shon Morris, expert analyst; Charissa Thompson, sideline reporter)

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

Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.3 ppg, 0.1 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 intends to redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 5.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 4.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 0.8 ppg, 0.4 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 254-109/.700 (11th year)
At Illinois: 151-55/.733 (6th year)
Big Ten: 64-36/.640
Big Ten Tournament: 10-4/.714
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (8th year), Jay Price (6th year), Jerrance Howard (2nd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (6th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (1st year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (6th year; 26th year at Illinois)

Illini Big Ten Tournament Notes
• Illinois has the most all-time Big Ten Tournament (BTT) wins with 21 and the best all-time BTT winning percentage at .700 (21-9).

• 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
A number of individual accolades have been announced during the last week and the Illini have been well represented:

Mike Davis // Sophomore // Forward
• Second-Team All-Big Ten (coaches)
• Third-Team All-Big Ten (media)
• USBWA All-District 5
Davis is second on the Illini in scoring (11.1 ppg), leads the Big Ten in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and ranks fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (53.3 percent). He also leads the conference with eight double-doubles on the season. Davis has scored in double figures 21 times and has been the UI's leading scorer in eight games. He leads the Big Ten with nine double-digit rebounding performances and has been the Illini's top rebounder 21 times this year.

Demetri McCamey // Sophomore // Guard
• Third-Team All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
• Second-Team NABC All-District 11
McCamey is Illinois' leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points, and is second on the squad with an average of 4.8 assists. He led the Big Ten in assists in conference play (4.9 apg) while ranking second in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.3). McCamey has scored in double figures 20 times this season, with a team-high five 20+ point games.

Mike Tisdale // Sophomore // Center
• Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
• Second-Team NABC All-District 11
Tisdale is the Illini's third-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 10.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. He is fourth in the league in field goal percentage at 54 percent and also ranks fourth in the league with 43 blocked shots. Tisdale has scored in double figures 16 times and has been the UI's top scorer in a team-leading 11 games.

Chester Frazier // Senior // Guard
• Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (media)
• Big Ten All-Defensive Team
Frazier is arguably the top defender in the conference and has been the Illini's most complete player this season. He is averaging 5.7 points, ranks second on the Illini with an average of 4.8 rebounds, and leads the Big Ten in assists at 5.3 apg. He ranks second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio (2.4) and leads the Illini with 43 steals (seventh in Big Ten) and in minutes played at 33.2 mpg (ninth in Big Ten).

Quality Wins
Illinois has eight wins over the RPI Top 50 this season, with victories over Missouri, Purdue (twice), Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State (twice) and Michigan. Illinois is tied for the fifth-highest win total nationally over Top 50 RPI teams:

    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
Illinois' rankings in various computer ratings through March 9: • 20 - Real Time RPI
• 20 - Jeff Sagarin Ratings
• 20 - NCAA RPI
• 22 - Ken Pomeroy Ratings
• Illinois is 8-6 vs. the RPI Top 50, and 11-8 vs. the RPI Top 100.
• Illinois' eight wins over the RPI Top 50 ranks fifth nationally.
• Illinois has played 14 games vs. the RPI Top 50, the third-highest total nationally.
• Illinois has two road wins vs. the RPI Top 50, and four road wins vs. the RPI Top 100.
• Illinois' Strength of Schedule is rated 26th by Real Time RPI and 34th by Sagarin.

Weber Named Phelan Award Finalist
Illinois head coach Bruce Weber has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award. Weber has earned recognition for directing one of the nation's most improved teams in college basketball this season, as well as one of the biggest turnarounds in school and Big Ten history:

• 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 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
Illinois is one of the nation's most improved college basketball teams this season. With 23 win, the Illini recorded 10 more victories than its regular season win total of 13 last year. Here is a look at the Top 10 NCAA Div. I turnarounds this season (wins listed are regular season only):

                                 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
Illinois more than doubled its win total in conference play this year, amassing 11 victories after registering five last season. The Illini also finished in second place after finishing ninth last season. These improvements rank among the best turnarounds in school history from one Big Ten season to the next: 

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

Illini Improvement in Big Ten Standings 1. 2009, 2nd place 2008, 9th place +7 places 2000, 4th place 1999, 11th place +7 places 3. 1997, 4th place 1996, 9th place +5 places 1993, 3rd place 1992, 8th place +5 places 1973, 3rd place 1972, 8th place +5 places 1969, 2nd place 1968, 7th place +5 places 1939, 3rd place 1938, 8th place +5 places 8. 1982, 2nd place 1981, 6th place +4 places 1929, 5th place 1928, 9th place +4 places

Weber a Finalist for Skip Prosser Award
Bruce Weber has been named one of 12 finalists for the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award. Joining Weber on the list of finalists are Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Ed Conroy (The Citadel), Ed DeChellis (Penn State), Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Dino Gaudio (Wake Forest), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Trent Johnson (LSU), Lon Kruger (UNLV), Billy Lange (Navy), and Stew Morrill (Utah State).

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 and the Prosser family and will be presented at the Final Four in Detroit.

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