Illinois-Michigan Notes




March 13, 2009

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No. 2 Seed Illinois

  • Illinois remains the all-time leader in Big Ten Tournament victories (22), eight better than second-place Wisconsin (14).
  • The Illini reach the semifinals for the 11th time in the 12-year history of the tournament.
  • Illinois is 5-1 all-time as the No. 2 seed at the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Bruce Weber remains the all-time Big Ten Tournament leader in winning percentage (.733) with an 11-4 mark, breaking a tie with former Illinois head coach Bill Self (5-2, .714)
  • Weber moves into sole possession of third on Illinois' all-time wins list with the 152nd victory of his career, breaking out of a tie with Douglas R. Mills.
  • Illinois won its 24th game of the season, which ranks 10th in school history. Seven of the top 10 seasons have come since 2001.
  • Illinois is now 8-4 all-time in Conseco Fieldhouse.
  • Calvin Brock made his first start of the season and the 26th start of his career.
  • Illinois is 2-0 vs. Michigan all-time at the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Illinois scored on six of its first eight and 11 of its first 14 possessions in the second half on a 25- 7 run over the first 8:51 of the second stanza. The Illini were 10-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, while Trent Meacham had nine points in the run.
  • Mike Davis posted his ninth double-double of this season. His eight double-double performances led the Big Ten during the regular season.
  • Davis ties Demetri McCamey for the team lead in 20+ point games after scoring 22 tonight.
  • Illinois has led at halftime in 25 of 32 games this season.
  • Illinois limited Michigan to just five free-throw attempts, the second fewest by an Illini opponent this season (Minnesota, 3). Illinois is 13-0 when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
  • This is the 10th game that Illinois has held an opponent to 50 points or less this season.

    No. 7 Seed Michigan

  • Michigan had seven players score in the first half with none having more than four points.
  • The Wolverines are 5-10 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • This is the third straight year Michigan has bowed out in the quarterfinals round.
  • Michigan had just seven bench points.
  • Michigan's tandem of Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims were limited to 9-of-30 shooting from the field. Sims had 15 points and was 6-of-19 shooting after scoring 27 points and making 12-of- 16 shots from the field yesterday against Iowa.
  • Michigan used a 16-4 run in the second half (11:09 to 3:33) to trim a 19-point deficit to seven.
  • Two of the top three rebounding performances of freshman guard Zack Novak's career have come against the Illinois this season. Novak had seven today and a career-high nine versus the Illini on Jan. 14.
  • The Wolverines connected on nine three-point baskets, the third-most in the Big Ten Tournament by Michigan.