Men's Basketball
Illinois NCAA Tournament Notes

Demetri McCamey and the Fighting Illini take on UNLV in the NCAA Tournament Friday at 8:20 p.m. on TBS.
Demetri McCamey and the Fighting Illini take on UNLV in the NCAA Tournament Friday at 8:20 p.m. on TBS.

March 15, 2011

Champaign, Ill. -

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2011 NCAA Tournament // Second Round // Southwest Region
Game 33 // #9 Illinois (19-13, 9-9 Big Ten) vs. #8 UNLV (24-8, 11-5 Mountain West)
March 18, 2011 // 8:20 p.m. CDT // Tulsa, Okla. // BOK Center (17,996)

TV: TBS (also streamed online at - Marv Albert (Play-By-Play), Steve Kerr (Analyst), Craig Sager (Reporter)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Westwood One - Brad Sham (Play-By-Play), Reid Gettys (Analyst)

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

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.3 0.5 0.2 53.8% FG G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 9.2 3.0 2.0 1.1 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.3 0.2 0.7 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 2.1 1.3 0.2 13 blocks G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 0.2 0.0 0.2 1 steal G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 0.8 0.4 0.1 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 7.6 5.0 1.8 52.8% FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 1.8 1.2 0.0 5 steals

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 295-139/.680 (13th year)
Record At Illinois: 192-85/.693 (8th year)
NCAA Tournament Record: 10-7/.588 (8th appearance)
NCAA Tournament Record At Illinois: 8-5/.615 (6th appearance)
Associate Head Coach: Wayne McClain (10th year)
Assistant Coaches: Jay Price (8th year), Jerrance Howard (4th year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (8th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (3rd year)
Video Coordinator: Chester Frazier (1st year)

Series Notes vs. UNLV
Series Record: Illinois leads 2-0
Last Meeting:  Illinois 74, UNLV 69 (Nov. 20, 2000 at Maui)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Record at Neutral Sites: Illinois leads 2-0
Series Streak at Neutral Sites: Illinois W-2
Weber vs. UNLV: First meeting

The Illini in The NCAA Tournament
• Illinois is making its 29th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second highest number of Tournament appearances among Big Ten schools, trailing only Indiana (35). Illinois ranks 11th among NCAA schools for most Tournament appearances.
• This is Illinois' 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 12 years, and sixth appearance of Bruce Weber's eight-year tenure.
• Illinois has compiled a 38-29 (.567) record all-time in NCAA Tournament games. Since 1975, when the field was increased to 32 teams, Illinois has advanced to the Sweet 16 eight times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005), the Elite Eight four times (1984, 1989 and 2001 and 2005) and the Final Four twice (1989 and 2005).
• Illinois has made five appearances in the NCAA Final Four, finishing as the national runner-up in 2005, placing third in 1949, 1951 and 1952 and tying for third in 1989.
Bruce Weber is making his eighth career appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That includes his last two years at Southern Illinois along with his six trips at Illinois. Weber's career NCAA Tournament record is 10-7 (.588) overall, and 8-5 (.615) at Illinois.
• Illinois is a No. 9 seed for the first time. This is just the third time since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979 that Illinois enters the Tournament with a lower seed than its opponent. The first was in 1995, when the Illini were a No. 11 seed, and the second was in 2007, when the Illini were a No. 12 seed.
• Illinois is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in Tulsa.
• Illinois' all-time scores vs. second- and possible third-round opponents:

#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.

Illini Aiming For Another 20-Win Season
Illinois enters the NCAA Tournament in search of its 20th victory of the 2010-11 season. A win would give Illinois 13, 20-win seasons in the last 15 years and 29 all-time, as well as seven 20-win seasons in eight years under Bruce Weber.

Four Illini Earn All-Conference Recognition
Big Ten awards were announced March 7 and Illinois had four players recognized. Senior Demetri McCamey earned third-team All-Big Ten honors, seniors Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale received honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades and Jereme Richmond was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

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
Illini seniors Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale have carried the load lately. Over the last seven games, the trio has accounted for 64.5 percent of Illinois' scoring, totaling 294 of the UI's 456 points. Highlighting that effort was their performance vs. Iowa on Feb. 26 when they combined for 63 points, the highest total the trio has ever recorded in a game. Here is a look at their scoring production over the last seven games:

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

McCamey, Tisdale Set to Break UI Career Games Record
When the Fighting Illini take the floor Friday in the NCAA Tournament, seniors Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale will make their 138th career appearance, breaking the Illinois career games record currently held by Dee Brown and James Augustine, who both played in 137 games from 2003-06.

Career Milestones to Watch for Illini Seniors
Demetri McCamey recorded his 700th career assist Feb. 26 vs. Iowa. The NCAA's active leader with 719 career assists, McCamey is 12 assists away from moving into third on the Big Ten's all-time list.
Mike Davis moved into second place on the Illinois career rebounding list Feb. 22 at Ohio State. Davis also is the active Big Ten leader in career rebounds with 893, needing seven boards to reach 900.
Mike Tisdale is three blocks away from tying the Illinois school record for career blocked shots. Tisdale is currently tied for second in school history with 174 blocks.

Illinois Is ...
• 19-0 when winning the "Matto"
• 14-0 when Demetri McCamey has 7+ assists.
• 10-0 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
• 16-1 when scoring 71+ points.
• 15-3 when shooting 45+ percent.
• 11-3 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.

Fighting Illini Trends
Mike Davis has averaged 13.9 points (194) and 7.9 rebounds (111) over the last 14 games.
• Davis has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games while grabbing at least seven rebounds in 12 of those contests.
• Davis has reached double figures in each of the last five of the last six games, averaging 14.2 points (85).
Demetri McCamey has averaged 15.1 points (151) over the last 10 games, scoring in double figures nine times, after averaging just 5.7 points the previous three games.
• McCamey is shooting 44.8 percent from the field (54-113) over the last 10 games after shooting 25.4 percent the previous six games.
• McCamey has scored in double figures in each of the last seven games, averaging 16.6 points (116) on 50 percent shooting (43-86).
Mike Tisdale has averaged 12 points (96) on 59.4 percent shooting (38-64) over the last eight games, after averaging just 5.8 points on 37.5 percent shooting the previous four games.
• Tisdale has made 10 three-pointers in 15 attempts over the last five games (66.7 percent).
Jereme Richmond is shooting 70.8 percent from the field over the last five games (17-24).
Brandon Paul has made 37-of-42 free throws (88.1 percent) over the last 13 games.

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