March 13, 2009
Box Score |
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.