Illinois NCAA Tournament Notes
March 15, 2011
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Probable Starters (from the previous game) Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Sr. 14.8 3.4 6.1 45.5% 3FG G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 So. 8.1 1.8 1.9 37.6% 3FG F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Sr. 5.0 2.5 1.3 81% FT F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 225 Sr. 12.0 7.1 1.6 53% FG C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 250 Sr. 10.1 6.4 1.3 1.6 bpg
Series Notes vs. UNLV
The Illini in The NCAA Tournament
#8 UNLV (2-0) March 19, 1980 84-74 W New York City Nov. 20, 2000 74-69 W Maui, Hawaii #1 Kansas (3-2) Nov. 29, 1987 81-75 W Maui, Hawaii Dec. 19, 1998 55-65 L Kansas City, Mo. Dec. 18, 1999 84-70 W Chicago March 23, 2001 80-64 W San Antonio March 22, 2002 69-73 L Madison, Wis. #16 Boston (0-0) UNLV Head Coach Lon Kruger spent four seasons in charge of the Illini program from 1997-2000. During that time Illinois compiled a record of 81-48, won a Big Ten co-championship in 1998, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament three times: 1997, 1998 and 2000. Two members of the current Illinois staff were recruited by Kruger to Illinois and played for him during his final season in Champaign: Assistant Coach Jerrance Howard (redshirted in 2000) and Director of Basketball Operations Sean Harrington (freshman in 2000).
Continuing with the Illinois coaching theme at the Tulsa site, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self spent three seasons in charge of the Illini from 2001-03. During that time Illinois went 78-24, won Big Ten co-championships in 2001 and 2002, and participated in three NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Elite Eight in 2001, the Sweet 16 in 2002, and the second round in 2003. Assistant Coach Jerrance Howard and Director of Basketball Operations Sean Harrington played for Self at Illinois from 2001-03, while Associate Head Coach Wayne McClain was an assistant under Self at Illinois from 2002-03.
Illinois played a total of 18 games against 12 teams that made this year's NCAA Tournament, compiling a record of 8-10. Here is a game-by-game look at how Illinois did against the 2011 Tournament field:
Nov. 18 vs. Texas L 84-90 (OT) Nov. 30 North Carolina W 79-67 Dec. 4 vs. Gonzaga W 73-61 Dec. 8 Oakland W 74-63 Dec. 12 Northern Colorado W 86-76 Dec. 22 vs. Missouri L 64-75 Jan. 2 Wisconsin W 69-61 Jan. 11 at Penn State L 55-57 Jan. 15 at Wisconsin L 66-76 Jan. 18 Michigan State W 71-62 Jan. 22 Ohio State L 68-73 Feb. 1 Penn State W 68-51 Feb. 13 Purdue L 70-81 Feb. 16 Michigan W 54-52 Feb. 19 at Michigan State L 57-61 Feb. 22 at Ohio State L 70-89 March 1 at Purdue L 67-75 March 11 vs. Michigan L 55-60 Illinois' 18 games played against this year's tournament field is the sixth-highest total among the participating teams. Connecticut leads the way with 21, followed by Notre Dame and Georgetown (20 each), then Marquette and Michigan State (19 apiece).
The Big Ten has seven teams participating in the 2011 NCAA Tournament: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. That ties the most bids the conference has ever received, equaling the seven Big Ten teams that participated in the 1990 and 2009 Tournaments.
Illinois' four seniors - Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale and Bill Cole - are the only members of the current Fighting Illini squad with NCAA Tournament experience, appearing in the 2009 first round game against Western Kentucky. Davis is the Illini's active leading Tournament scorer with 12 points, McCamey has scored 10 and Cole has tallied 3.
Illinois' all-time leading scorer in NCAA Tournament play is Dee Brown, who tallied 179 points in 13 games from 2003-06. In all, 14 Illini players have totaled 100+ career points in the NCAA Tournament.
Illinois' all-time leading rebounder in NCAA Tournament play is James Augustine, who grabbed 102 boards in 13 games.
Deron Williams is Illinois' career assists leader in NCAA Tournament play, with 78 assists in 11 games (7.1 avg) from 2003-05.
Ken Norman shot .632 (36-57) from the field and .833 (15-18) from the free-throw line in NCAA Tournament competition from 1985-87, the best figures among any Illini who played more than three tournament games.
Eighteen different Fighting Illini players have recorded double-doubles in NCAA Tournament action on 23 different occasions. James Augustine is the Illinois career leader with three career double-doubles in the Tournament. The most recent double-double by an Illini in the Tournament was Calvin Brock's 14-point, 10-rebound performance vs. Western Kentucky in the 2009 First Round.
Illinois has had four players named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. John "Red" Kerr and James Bredar were selected in 1952 and Deron Williams and Luther Head were chosen in 2005. Also, Dike Eddleman (1949) was named to the 1939-40s All-Decade Team.
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McCamey also earned a spot on the USBWA All-District V Team. He leads the Illini in scoring, averaging 14.8 points, and ranks 12th in the NCAA in assists with an average of 6.1 apg. He has scored in double figures in 27 games, with seven 20-point outings, and has been the UI's leading scorer in 16 contests. McCamey has improved his accuracy from 3-point range, ranking fourth in the Big Ten this season by shooting 45.5 percent behind the arc. The second player in Big Ten history with 1,600 points and 700 assists, McCamey ranks sixth on the Illini all-time scoring list with 1,695 points and second in school history with 719 assists.
Davis has had a strong senior campaign, ranking second on the Illini in scoring with an average of 12 points, and 13 points during conference play. He has increased his shooting accuracy to 53 percent this season to rank sixth in the league. Davis is the UI's leading rebounder for the third straight season, ranking sixth in the Big Ten this year with an average of 7.1 boards. He is the Big Ten's active leader with 29 career double-doubles, and ranks second on the Illinois all-time rebounding list with 893 boards.
Tisdale is the team's No. 3 scorer and No. 2 rebounder, averaging 10.1 points and a career-best 6.4 boards. He is shooting 51.7 percent on the year and is one of the top shooters from distance nationally among centers, shooting 80 percent from the free throw line and 43.5 percent from 3-point range. Tisdale ranks third in the Big Ten in blocked shots, averaging 1.6 per contest, and ranks second in school history with 174 career blocks, three shy of the school record.
Richmond is the Illini's sixth-leading scorer, averaging 7.6 points, and third-leading rebounder, averaging 5.0 boards. He ranks seventh in the Big Ten in field goal accuracy at 52.8 percent, and was third in the league during conference games at 60.4 percent. Richmond has scored in double figures 10 times and has been the UI's leading rebounder in six games.
Seniors Stepping Up
Opponent (Date) DM-MD-MT Pts UI Total Pts Pct of Pts Michigan (Feb. 16) 38 54 70.4 at Michigan State (Feb. 19) 38 57 66.7 at Ohio State (Feb. 22) 47 70 67.1 Iowa (Feb. 26) 63 81 77.8 at Purdue (March 1) 38 67 56.7 Indiana (March 5) 44 72 61.1 vs. Michigan (March 11) 28 55 50.9 7-Game Totals 294 456 64.5
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