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March 21, 2010

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2010 National Invitation Tournament // Second Round
#1 Illinois (20-14, 10-8 Big Ten) vs. #4 Kent State (24-9, 13-3 MAC)
March 22 // 7 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: ESPNU (also streamed online at - Dave Weekley (Play-By-Play), Dickey Simpkins (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), Loren Tate (Reports)

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.   Name             Ht.   Wt.   Yr.    PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     32    Demetri McCamey  6-3   200   Jr.    15.1   3.5   6.9   46.3  FG%
G     1     D.J. Richardson  6-3   185   Fr.    10.6   2.7   2.1   39.4  3FG%
F     30    Bill Cole        6-9   215   Jr.    4.4    3.2   1.0   46.1  FG%
F     24    Mike Davis       6-9   220   Jr.    10.6   9.0   1.0   76  off. reb.
C     54    Mike Tisdale     7-1   235   Jr.    11.9   6.1   0.8   55  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 3.0 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. 4.4 2.2 0.6 46.2 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.1 1.7 0.3 54.3 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: 275-125/.688 (12th year)
At Illinois: 172-71/.708 (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 6-3 all-time in the NIT.

• Las Wednesday's victory at Stony Brook marked the first time Illinois played a road game in the NIT. Illinois owns all-time NIT records of 4-2 at home, 1-0 on the road, 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.

• The winner of the Illinois-Kent State game advances to the NIT Quarterfinals on Wednesday, facing the winner of Cincinnati-Dayton.

Illinois All-Time Results in the NIT
1980: Preliminary Games (at Champaign, Ill.):
Illinois 105, Loyola (Ill.) 87
Illinois 75, Illinois State 65
Illinois 65, Murray State 63
Final Playoffs (at New York City):
Minnesota 65, Illinois 63
Illinois 84, UNLV 74 (3rd place)

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

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

2010: Preliminary Game (at Stony Brook, N.Y.):
#1 Illinois 76, #8 Stony Brook 66

All-Time 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: 4, D.J. Richardson at Stony Brook (2010)
Free Throws: 11, Kiwane Garris vs. Alabama (1996)
Rebounds: 15, Eddie Johnson vs. Loyola-Ill. (1980)
Assists: 11, Demetri McCamey at Stony Brook (2010)
Blocked Shots: 3, three players; last, James Griffin vs. Dayton (1982)
Steals: 5, Perry Range vs. Murray State (1980)

Another 20-Win Season for the Illini
Illinois' victory at Stony Brook was its 20th of the season. The Illini have now recorded 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.

McCamey in Elite Illini Company, Nearing Class of His Own
Demetri McCamey is eight points away from becoming the first player in school history to score 1,200 career points and record 500 career assists in just three seasons.

He has already joined former Illini All-America guard Deron Williams as the only UI players with career totals of 1,100 points and 500 assists in three seasons. McCamey is the fifth Illini player overall to reach both milestones. Here is a complete list of Illinois' all-time 1,100 point-500 assist club:

Illini with 1,100 points and 500 assists in three-year span
Deron Williams, 2003-05  1,111 pts - 594 ast
Demetri McCamey, 2008-10 1,192 pts - 505 ast

Illini with 1,100 points and 500 assists in four-year span Bruce Douglas, 1983-86 1,261 pts - 765 ast Kiwane Garris, 1994-97 1,948 pts - 502 ast Dee Brown, 2003-06 1,812 pts - 674 ast

Fighting Illini Player Trends
Demetri McCamey has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 16.0 points (80).

• McCamey has made 17-of-19 free throws (89.5 percent) over the last seven games.

• McCamey has recorded four steals in back-to-back games.

Mike Tisdale has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 14.4 points (72) and shooting 69.4 percent (25-36).

D.J. Richardson has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, averaging 14.3 points (43).

• Richardson is shooting 41.7 percent (10-24) from 3-point range over the last three games after hitting just 24.3 percent (9-37) from 3-point land over the previous seven games.

Mike Davis has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, averaging 13.3 points (40) and shooting 56.3 percent (18-32).

• Davis is averaging 11.0 rebounds (88) over the last eight games.

Brandon Paul, who averages 3.0 rebounds on the year, has averaged 5.0 boards over the last six games (30).

Fighting Illini Team Trends
This season, Illinois is ...

• 14-1 when getting to the line more than its opponent

• 17-2 when shooting better than its opponent

• 14-2 when shooting better than 45 percent from the field

• 10-2 when D.J. Richardson and Demetri McCamey shoot better than 50 percent

• 13-3 when scoring 69+ points

Postseason Improvement
The Illini have played better in the postseason, and it's easy to see why. When combining the Big Ten Tournament games vs. Wisconsin and Ohio State and the NIT game vs. Stony Brook, Illinois is shooting nearly 48 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range and averaging almost 72 points over that three-game stretch. The Illini also outrebounded all three opponents and own a margin of +8.0 rpg.

These numbers are drastically different than the UI's last six regular season games when the team combined to shoot less than 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc while scoring an average of 57.2 points and being outrebounded (-0.2 rpg margin). The following is a look at Illinois' statistics from the postseason compared to the end of the regular season:

UI Last Three Games (Record: 2-1)
FG-FGA/Pct.	3FG-3FGA/Pct.	Reb Margin	PTS/Avg.
79-166/.476	26-62/.419	+8.0 avg.	215/71.7

UI Previous Six Games (Record: 1-5) FG-FGA/Pct. 3FG-3FGA/Pct. Reb Margin PTS/Avg. 131-350/.374 37-132/.280 -0.2 avg. 343/57.2

Kent State Series Notes
Illinois has won all four previous match-ups against Kent State, including a pair of games at the Assembly Hall. Here are the all-time results with the Golden Flashes:

Date           Result   Score      Site
Dec. 1, 1975    Win     73-54      Champaign, Ill.
Dec. 16, 1978   Win     82-44      Kent, Ohio
Dec. 6, 1979    Win     74-65      Champaign, Ill.
Nov. 28, 2008   Win   69-63 (OT)   South Padre Island, Texas

Looking Back at Last Year's Kent State Game
Mike Tisdale hit two free throws to force overtime, then scored the first six points of the extra period as Illinois came back to beat Kent State 69-63 in the semifinal round of the 2008 South Padre Island Invitational. Tisdale finished with 20 points for Illinois, which fell behind in the second half but closed regulation with an 11-6 run and tied the score at 60. Mike Davis added 17 for Illinois, including the final three free throws in OT. Al Fisher led Kent State with 18 points, and Chris Singletary added 15. Illinois outrebounded Kent State 40-30, led by Davis' game-high 13 boards.

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