Mike Davis and the Illini take on Western Kentucky on Thursday at 8:55 p.m. CT in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
March 17, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS (24-9, 11-7 Big Ten)
2009 NCAA Basketball Tournament // 1st & 2nd Round
#5 Seed // South Region // March 19 & 21
Portland, Ore. // Rose Garden (19,570)
#5 Illinois (24-9) vs. #12 Western Kentucky (24-8)
Thursday, March 19
8:55 p.m. CT/6:55 p.m. PT
CBS (Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Dan Bonner, expert analyst)
Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.6 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.7 apg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.0 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Off the Bench G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.3 apg G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 1.0 apg 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 5.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 3.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 0.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 255-110/.699 (11th year)
At Illinois: 152-56/.731 (6th year)
Big Ten: 64-36/.640
NCAA Tournament All-Time: 10-6/.625
NCAA Tournament At Illinois: 8-4/.667
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 NCAA Tournament Notes
Illinois is making its 28th 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' ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years, and fifth appearance of Bruce Weber's six-year tenure.
Illinois has compiled a 38-28 (.576) 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 seventh career appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That includes his last two years at Southern Illinois along with his five trips at Illinois. Weber's career NCAA Tournament record is 10-6 (.625), and 8-4 (.667) at Illinois.
Illinois is a No. 5 seed for the fourth time in school history since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979. The Illini are 3-3 all-time as a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2004 and the second round in 1998.
1990: Midwest Region (at Austin, Texas) #12 Dayton 88, #5 Illinois 86 1998: West Region (at Sacramento, Calif.) #5 Illinois 64, #12 South Alabama 51 #4 Maryland 67, #5 Illinois 61 2004: Atlanta Region (at Columbus, Ohio) #5 Illinois 72, #12 Murray State 53 #5 Illinois 92, #4 Cincinnati 68 Atlanta Regional (at Atlanta, Ga.) #1 Duke 72, #5 Illinois 62
Illinois is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in Portland.
Illinois' all-time scores vs. possible first and second round opponents:
#12 Western Kentucky (2-0) 12-12-1959 93-80 W Champaign 3-20-2003 65-60 W Indianapolis #4 Gonzaga (2-0) 11-16-1901 76-58 W Champaign 11-27-2004 89-72 W Indianapolis #13 Akron (0-0)
Illinois and Western Kentucky are meeting for the second time in the NCAA Tournament. In 2003, #4 Illinois defeated #13 Western Kentucky, 65-60, in the first round in Indianapolis. Three members of the current Illinois staff were involved in that game. Assistant coach Wayne McClain was in his second year as a UI assistant, while fellow assistant coach Jerrance Howard was a junior on the Illini squad but did not play in the game. Director of basketball operations Sean Harrington was a senior on that Illini team. He logged 13 minutes, but did not score.
Illinois' all-time series record vs. the South Region:
3-4 vs. No. 1 North Carolina 14-5 vs. No. 2 Oklahoma 2-1 vs. No. 3 Syracuse 2-0 vs. No. 4 Gonzaga 3-1 vs. No. 6 Arizona State 2-1 vs. No. 7 Clemson 2-0 vs. No. 8 LSU 29-8 vs. No. 9 Butler 83-71 vs. No. 10 Michigan 4-3 vs. No. 11 Temple 2-0 vs. No. 12 Western Kentucky 0-0 vs. No. 13 Akron 0-0 vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 0-0 vs. No. 15 Morgan State 0-0 vs. No. 16 Radford
Illinois played a total of 16 games against eight teams that made this year's NCAA Tournament, compiling a record of 9-7. Here is a game-by-game look at how Illinois did against the 2009 Tournament field:
12-2-08 Clemson, L, 74-76 12-23 vs. Missouri, W, 75-59 12-30 at Purdue, W, 71-67 (OT) 1-4 at Michigan, L, 64-74 1-14 Michigan, W, 66-51 1-17 at Michigan State, L, 57-63 1-20 Ohio State, W, 67-49 1-24 Wisconsin, W, 64-57 1-29 at Minnesota, L, 36-59 2-5 at Wisconsin, L, 50-63 2-8 Purdue, W, 66-48 2-22 at Ohio State, W, 70-68 2-26 Minnesota, W, 52-41 3-1 Michigan State, L, 66-74 3-13 vs. Michigan, W, 60-50 3-14 vs. Purdue, L, 56-66
Illinois' 16 games played against this year's tournament field is the fourth-highest total among the participating teams. Duke, Michigan and Michigan State are tied for first, having played 17 games against the field. Illinois is tied for fourth at 16 along with Ohio State, USC and Washington.
Three current members of the Fighting Illini squad -- all seniors -- have combined to play a total of six games in the NCAA Tournament. Chester Frazier leads the way with three games, Calvin Brock has played in two games, and Trent Meacham has played in one game. Meacham is the Illini's active leading Tournament scorer with four points, while Brock has totaled two points. Frazier, meanwhile, is the Illini's active leading rebounder in the Tournament with 10 boards.
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.
Seventeen different Fighting Illini players have recorded double-doubles in NCAA Tournament action on 22 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 Deron Williams' 22-point, 10-assist performance vs. Arizona in the 2005 Chicago Regional Final.
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.
Weber Has Ties to Western Kentucky
Bruce Weber's name is forever linked to his mentor, Gene Keady. Weber spent 18 seasons at Purdue as Keady's assistant. But that relationship began prior to their time in the Big Ten.
Weber got his start in the coaching profession as a graduate assistant in the fall of 1979 at Western Kentucky, hired by Keady while he was in charge of the Hilltopper program. Western Kentucky went 21-8, won the Ohio Valley Conference title and participated in the 1980 NCAA Tournament. Keady then became the Purdue head coach, taking Weber with him to West Lafayette.
Weber earned a master's degree in education administration and physical education from Western Kentucky in 1981.
Recapping the Big Ten Tournament
After finishing as the regular season runner-up, Illinois received the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini defeated Michigan, 60-50, in Friday's quarterfinal, advancing to the semifinals for the 11th time in the 12-year history of the Tournament. Mike Davis tallied his Big Ten leading ninth double-double of the season vs. the Wolverines with game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Demetri McCamey totaled 12 points and tied his season high with six rebounds, and Trent Meacham finished with 10 points and a game-high five assists.
Illinois fell to Purdue in Saturday's semifinal, 66-56. Dominique Keller came off the bench to tie his career high in scoring, registering 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Calvin Brock, meanwhile, also finished in double figures with 12 points.
Davis Named to Big Ten All-Tournament Team
Sophomore forward Mike Davis was named to the 5-player Big Ten All-Tournament Team on Sunday. He netted a double-double over two games in Indianapolis, averaging 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds. Davis recorded his Big Ten leading ninth double-double of the season vs. Michigan with 22 points and 10 rebounds. He then had six points and 12 rebounds -- his 11th game of the season registering double figures on the glass -- against Purdue.
Davis was joined on the All-Tournament team by Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore of Purdue and Evan Turner of Ohio State. Hummel was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball NCAA Tournament notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.