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March 16, 2010

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2010 National Invitation Tournament // First Round
#1 Illinois (19-14, 10-8 Big Ten) at #8 Stony Brook (22-9, 13-3 America East)
March 17 // 8 pm CT/9 pm ET // Stony Brook, N.Y. // Stony Brook Arena (4,500)

TV: ESPNU (also streamed online at - Dan McLaughlin (Play-By-Play), Dickey Simpkins (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), Loren Tate & Steve Kelly (Reports)

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.   Name              Ht.   Wt.   Yr.	 PPG	RPG	APG	Other
G     32    Demetri McCamey   6-3   200   Jr.	 15.1	3.3	6.8	46.1  FG%
G     1     D.J. Richardson   6-3   185   Fr.	 10.5	2.8	2.1	39.4  3FG%
F     30    Bill Cole         6-9   215   Jr.	 4.4	3.3	1.1	45.6  FG%
F     24    Mike Davis        6-9   220   Jr.	 10.4	9.1	0.9	75  off. reb.
C     54    Mike Tisdale      7-1   235   Jr.	 11.8	6.1	0.8	53  blocks

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. intends to redshirt G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 7.8 2.9 1.3 28 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.5 1.4 1.7 2.1 A/TO G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 0.6 0.1 0.0 14 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.6 0.4 0.3 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 4.6 2.2 0.6 46.6 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.2 1.7 0.3 55.1 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 1.5 1.6 0.2 9-13 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 274-125/.687 (12th year)
At Illinois: 171-71/.707 (7th year)
Big Ten: 74-44/.627
Associate Head Coach: Wayne McClain (9th year)
Assistant Coaches: Jay Price (7th year), Jerrance Howard (3rd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (7th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (2nd year)
Video Coordinator: Matt Scaletta (1st year)
Athletic Trainer: Al Martindale (7th year)
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jimmy Price (7th year)

Illini NIT Notes
• Illinois is making its fourth all-time appearance in the NIT, and its 32nd all-time postseason appearance.
• The Illini own a record of 5-3 all-time in the NIT.
• Wednesday marks the first time that Illinois will play a road game in the NIT. Illinois owns all-time NIT records of 4-2 at home and 1-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Bruce Weber is making his second appearance as a head coach in the NIT. Weber's 2000 Southern Illinois squad went 1-1 in the NIT, winning at Colorado before losing at Brigham Young. Weber also was an assistant coach at Purdue when the Boilermakers made three NIT appearances, including back-to-back trips to New York City in 1981 and '82.

Illinois all-time results in the National Invitation Tournament
1980: Preliminary Games (at Champaign):
Illinois 105, Loyola (Ill.) 87
Illinois 75, Illinois State 65
Illinois 65, Murray State 63
Final Playoffs (at New York):
Minnesota 65, Illinois 63
Illinois 84, UNLV 74 (3rd place)

1982: Preliminary Games (at Champaign):
Illinois 126, Long Island 78
Dayton 61, Illinois 58

1996: Preliminary Game (at Champaign):
Alabama 72, Illinois 69

Overall NIT Record: 5-3 (.625)

Illini Individual Single-Game Highs in the NIT
Points: 28, Perry Range vs. Long Island (1982)
Field Goals: 13, Perry Range vs. Long Island (1982)
3-Point Field Goals: 3, Richard Keene vs. Alabama (1996)
Free Throws: 11, Kiwane Garris vs. Alabama (1996)
Rebounds: 15, Eddie Johnson vs. Loyola-Ill. (1980)
Assists: 9, Richard Keene vs. Alabama (1996)
Blocked Shots: 3, three players; last, James Griffin vs. Dayton (1982)
Steals: 5, Perry Range vs. Murray State (1980)

Big Ten Tournament Recap
Illinois played some of its best basketball of the season last weekend in Indianapolis at the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois defeated No. 13/18 Wisconsin on Friday in the quarterfinals, 58-54. Illinois never trailed, marking the fourth game this season the Illini led from start to finish. Illinois scored the game's first seven points and led by as many as 11 points before entering the half with a nine-point lead. The advantage grew to as many as 16 points, and the Illini had a 12-point lead with two minutes remaining. But Wisconsin went down fighting, hitting five 3-pointers to pull within two with 30 seconds remaining. But Jeff Jordan and Mike Davis each hit a free throw in the closing seconds to secure the victory, Illinois' sixth of the season over a Top 35 RPI team and fifth over a ranked team.

Mike Davis led the Illini with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. He also had eight rebounds, helping the Illini to a 40-33 advantage on the glass. Demetri McCamey scored 13 points and had a game-high eight assists, while Mike Davis notched a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 boards. In his first BTT game, freshman D.J. Richardson hit 3-of-4 from behind the arc and finished with 10 points.

After winning a quarterfinal game for the 12th time in the 13-year history of the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois moved on to face No. 5/7 Ohio State in the semifinal. It would take two overtimes for this one to be decided before the Illini fell to the eventual champions, 88-81. This was a back-and-forth affair with each team matching the other's run. OSU jumped out to an early eight-point lead before a 14-0 run by the Orange and Blue put the Illini up six. Illinois maintained that lead at intermission and added a 13-4 run early in the second half to take its biggest lead of the game at 50-39 with 12:30 left. This time Ohio State made its push, scoring 20 unanswered points to grab its biggest lead at 59-50 with six minutes remaining. Illinois, however, had one more charge left and outscored the Buckeyes 14-3 over the next four and a half minutes to lead by two. Illinois had the final possessions of regulation and the first overtime, but could not get shots off before the buzzer. That proved to be costly as Ohio State pulled away in the second OT to claim the victory.

McCamey scored 22 points, one of five Illini in double figures. Richardson had 15 and the Illini received a big lift off the bench from freshman Tyler Griffey, who had a career-high 13 points. Davis recorded a second-straight double-double with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while Tisdale added 10 points.

McCamey earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 assists over the weekend.

Illini Faced Nation's Toughest Schedule To Finish Season
Illinois played eight teams ranked in the Top 15 of the Associated Press poll and Top 30 of the RPI over its last 10 games. Illinois was the only team in the country to face eight ranked teams over its last 10 games. Nine of those 10 games came against teams that were selected for the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Quality Wins
Illinois had five wins over the RPI Top 35 this season, with victories over Clemson, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and twice over Wisconsin. Illinois was tied for the fourth-highest win total nationally over Top 35 RPI teams:

   Team     Top 35 RPI Wins
1. Kansas         8
2. Georgetown     6
   Baylor         6
4. Illinois       5
   Duke           5
   Kansas State   5
   Syracuse       5
   Texas          5
   West Virginia  5

Illini Aim for 20th Win of Season
Illinois will take the court Wednesday night in search of its 20th victory of the 2009-10 season. A win would give Illinois 10, 20-win seasons in the last 11 years and 28 all-time, as well as six 20-win seasons in seven years under Bruce Weber.

For complete set of Illinois Basketball Game Notes, click on PDF link at top of this page.