Illini Seniors Honored vs. Michigan

Illinois leads the all-time series over Michigan 79-69, and owns a 51-23 advantage in games played in Champaign. After the Illini defeated the Wolverines 11 straight times from 2000-2006, Michigan has won the last two match-ups. Illinois has won the last nine games in the series played at the Assembly Hall, a streak that began in 1996.

Tonight is Senior Night at the Assembly Hall, as Illinois honors departing seniors Marcus Arnold, Warren Carter and Rich McBride.

Arnold is a two-year letterwinner after transferring from Illinois State following his first two seasons. Arnold has career totals of 766 points and 344 rebounds. He scored a career-high 13 points last year vs. Missouri and had a season-high 12 points at Indiana on Feb. 10. Arnold will graduate in May with a degree in speech communications.

Carter is a four-year letterwinner. One of the most improved players in the Big Ten, Carter is Illinois' leading scorer (13.1 ppg) and second leading rebounder (6.2 rpg) this season. He has reached double figures 21 times this season, scoring a career-high 24 points at Arizona on Dec. 2 which is the highest point total by a UI player this year. His career totals are 602 points and 324 rebounds. Carter will graduate in May with a degree in community health.

McBride is a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at shooting guard. He has been Illinois' third leading scorer the past two seasons, averaging 10 points last year and 10.3 points this year. He scored a season-high 18 points vs. IUPUI on Dec. 6 and has reached double figures 13 times on the season. McBride ranks fifth in school history with 202 career 3-pointers, and is the sixth winningest player in Illini history, having played in 100 victories during his career. He owns career totals of 767 points, 198 rebounds and 176 assists. McBride will finish coursework in May and will need only a summer internship to earn a degree in sport management.

Over the last four years, Illinois has compiled a record of 108-25 (.812), winning two outright Big Ten championships and one Big Ten Tournament championship, and making three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. This senior class advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2004, the NCAA Championship Game in 2005, and the Second Round last season.

While Tonight's contest vs. Michigan is the final home game of the season, it also marks the final halftime appearance of Chief Illiniwek, a tradition that spans 80 years. The University announced last Friday that the Chief will no longer perform at Illini sporting events.


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