Illinois center Shaun Pruitt recorded his 22nd double figure game with 10 points in the Illini's 66-60 win over Penn State in Big Ten Tournament first round action.
March 8, 2007
On March 16, 2003, Illinois captured its first Big Ten Tournament title in its third appearance in the championship game, by defeating Ohio State, 72-59, at the United Center. Brian Cook earned MVP honors and finished his career with a Tournament total of 157 points in 10 games to rank second all-time behind former teammate Cory Bradford.
Illinois has the most all-time Big Ten Tournament wins (16) and the best all-time Big Ten Tournament winning percentage (.696, 16-7).
Illinois is playing in the opening round for the first time since 1999 and just the second time in Big Ten Tournament history.
For the Illini the United Center is a home away from home. Illinois has played 35 games at the United Center, owning an all-time record of 29-6 (.829).
Junior guard Chris Hicks was a student athletic trainer at Illinois before joining the Illini team.