Illinois' Big Ten Tournament Notes

Media: ESPN/ESPN2 Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Steve Lavin, expert analyst; Erin Andrews, sideline reporter. BTN: Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play; Shon Morris, expert analyst. CBS: Jim Nantz, play-by-play; Billy Packer, expert analyst.

* Illinois has the most all-time Big Ten Tournament (BTT) wins (18) and the best all-time BTT winning percentage (.692, 18-8).

* Illinois has won two BTT championships (2003 and 2005), tied with Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State for the most titles.

* Illinois also has the most BTT championship game appearances, having advanced to the title game five times.

* Bruce Weber has the third-best winning percentage of any coach in BTT history at .700 (7-3).

* Illinois has advanced to the semifinals in nine of the first 10 Tournaments.

* Illinois is playing in the opening round for just the third time in BTT history. Illinois is 2-0 all-time in opening round games.

* This is Illinois' first time in the BTT as the No. 10 seed.

* Shaun Pruitt has scored 36 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in five BTT games during his career, the highest totals of any player on the Illini roster. Other current UI players with BTT experience are Brian Randle (7 G, 28 pts, 21 reb), Chester Frazier (4 G, 27 pts, 10 reb), Trent Meacham (3 G, 16 pts, 7 reb), Calvin Brock (3 G, 8 pts, 3 reb) and Chris Hicks (1 G, 0 pts, 0 reb).

* Illinois is 3-3 all-time in BTT games at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Illini went 1-1 in 2002 (defeated Minnesota in quarterfinal and lost to Ohio State in semifinal), 2-1 in 2004 (defeated Indiana in quarterfinal and Michigan in semifinal and lost to Wisconsin in championship) and 0-1 in 2006 (lost to Michigan State in quarterfinal). When including a victory over Gonzaga in the 2004 Wooden Tradition, Illinois' all-time record at Conseco Fieldhouse is 4-3.

* Over the last four games, Illinois' defense has held opponents to an average of 53.3 points (213) on 37.9 percent shooting (72-190), including 31.9 percent from 3-point range (23-72).

* Although Illinois tied for ninth place with a record of 5-13, the Illini were only outscored by a total of three points over the entire 18-game Big Ten schedule (-0.2 ppg).


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