Illini Tournament Facts

Television CBS (National): Tim Brando, play-by-play; Mike Gminski, expert analyst. Westwood One – Kevin Kugler, play-by-play; Pete Gillen, expert analyst.

Probable Starters
F – 42 Brian Randle (r-Jr, 6-8, 220, 7.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 apg) F – 41 Warren Carter (Sr., 6-9, 220, 13.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg) C – 55 Shaun Pruitt (Jr., 6-10, 245, 11.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg) G – 33 Rich McBride (Sr., 6-3, 205, 9.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg) G – 3 Chester Frazier (So., 6-2, 190, 7.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg)

Off The Bench ...
G – 1 Trent Meacham (r-So., 6-2, 195, 5.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.8 apg) G – 2 Chris Hicks (Jr.., 6-2, 190, 0.3 ppg, 0.1 rpg) C – 21 Brian Carlwell (Fr., 6-11, 265, 1.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg) -Out- F – 25 Calvin Brock (r-So., 6-5, 195, 5.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg) G – 31 Jamar Smith (So., 6-3, 185, 8.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.9 apg) -Out- F – 34 C.J. Jackson (r-Fr., 6-8, 260, 1.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg) F – 44 Marcus Arnold (r-Sr., 6-8, 245, 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg) F – 50 Richard Semrau (Fr., 6-9, 230, 3.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg) -Out-

Illini Single-Game Bests in NCAA Tournament Play … Points 31, Deron Williams vs. Cincinnati, 3/21/04 Rebounds 16, Nick Anderson vs. Syracuse, 3/26/89 16, Brian Cook vs. Notre Dame, 3/22/03 Field Goal Pct. .875 (7-8), Lowell Hamilton vs. McNeese State, 3/16/89 .875 (7-8), Deon Thomas vs. Georgetown, 3/18/94 3-Pt FGs 6, Cory Bradford vs. Arizona, 3/23/01 6, Deron Williams vs. Cincinnati, 3/21/04 6, Luther Head vs. Louisville, 4/2/05 6, Jamar Smith vs. Air Force, 3/16/06 3-Pt. FG Pct. .833 (5-6), Frank Williams vs. San Diego St.., 3/15/02 Free Throw Pct. 1.000 (8-8), Mark Smith vs. Wyoming, 3/14/81 (min. 7 att.) 1.000 (8-8), Kenny Battle vs. McNeese State, 3/16/89 1.000 (7-7), Ken Norman vs. Northeastern, 3/15/85 1.000 (7-7), Efrem Winters vs. Georgia, 3/17/85 Free Throws 16, Kiwane Garris vs. Southern Cal, 3/14/97 Free Throw Att. 17, Kiwane Garris vs. Southern Cal, 3/14/97 Assists 12, Kiwane Garris vs. Southern Cal, 3/14/97 Steals 6, Bruce Douglas vs. Georgia, 3/17/85 Blocked Shots 3, Lowell Hamilton vs. Austin Peay, 3/12/87

Illinois is making its 27th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second highest number of Tournament appearances among Big Ten schools, trailing only Indiana (34). Illinois ranks 11th among NCAA schools for most Tournament appearances.

• This is the eighth consecutive year that Illinois has been in the NCAA Tournament, tying a school record. The Illini previously appeared in eight straight tournaments from 1983-90.

• Illinois' eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances ranks 10th nationally among active Tournament streaks. The Illini are one of only 10 schools to appear in the Tournament every year since 2000 (along with Arizona, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Texas and Wisconsin).

• Illinois is one of only three schools in the nation (along with Duke and Kentucky) to win its first round NCAA Tournament game each of the last seven years (2000-06).

• Illinois has won its last nine first round NCAA Tournament games (1997-98, 2000-06) and has advanced to at least the Sweet 16 four of the last six years (2001-02, 2004-05).

• Illinois has compiled a 38-27 (.585) 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 sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which includes his last two years at Southern Illinois and his first four seasons at Illinois. Weber's career NCAA Tournament record is 10-5 (.667), which ranks ninth nationally among active head coaches for best Tournament winning percentage.

• Illinois is a No. 12 seed for the first time. This is just the second time since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979 that Illinois enters the Tournament with a lower seed than its opponent. The first time was in 1995, when the Illini were a No. 11 seed.

• Illinois is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in Columbus. The Illini won a pair of games at Nationwide Arena in 2004 in Weber's first season, defeating Murray State in the first round (72-53) and Cincinnati in the second round (92-68). The Illini have played six Tournament games in the state of Ohio, owning an all-time record of 5-1. Prior to the two victories in Columbus, Illinois won two games in Dayton in 2001, defeating Northwestern State in the first round (96-54) and Charlotte in the second round (79-61), and went 1-1 in Cincinnati in 1988, defeating Texas-San Antonio in the first round (81-72) before falling to Villanova in the second round (63-66).

• Illinois' all-time scores vs. possible first and second round opponents: #5 Virginia Tech (2-0) 11-27-1994 85-75 W San Juan, P.R. 12-1-1996 92-68 W Hilo, Hawaii #4 Southern Illinois (2-0) 12-17-1982 79-61 W Champaign, Ill. 11-24-2001 75-72 W Las Vegas, Nev. #13 Holy Cross (0-0)

• Illinois' 16 games played against this year's tournament field is the second highest total among the participating teams. Arizona ranks first, having played 18 games against the field. Illinois is tied for second at 16 along with North Carolina and USC.

• Eight current members of the Fighting Illini squad have played a total of 35 games in the NCAA Tournament. Rich McBride leads the way with 11 appearances, while Warren Carter has played in 10 games. Brian Randle ranks third with four appearances and Shaun Pruitt is next with three. Marcus Arnold, Chester Frazier and Jamar Smith have all played in two games and Calvin Brock one.

• 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. The Illini's active leading scorer in the Tournament is Rich McBride with 30 points.

• Illinois' all-time leading rebounder in NCAA Tournament play is James Augustine, who grabbed 102 boards in 13 games. The Illini's active leading rebounder in the Tournament is Brian Randle with 15 boards.


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