Illinois Fighting Illini 2006 NCAA Tournament
Illinois Fighting Illini - Big Ten
Seed: #4 - Washington DC Regional
Big Wins: at North Carolina (68-64), Michigan State (60-50), Iowa (71-59)
Bad Losses: at Indiana (60-62), Penn St (65-66), at Michigan (64-72)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2005, National Runners-up
Top Players for Illinois:
Dee Brown, Sr, G, ppg, apg
James Augustine, Sr, F, ppg, rpg
Rich McBride, Jr, G, ppg, apg
Brian Randle, So, F, ppg, rpg
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Illinois Fighting Illini basketball notes:
If defense wins championships, look out for the Illini. Bruce Weber’s squad holds their opposition to under 40% shooting, which is good enough to rank in the top 20 in the nation. The offense isn’t too shabby either with Dee Brown, Rich McBride and Jamar Smith on the perimeter and James Augustine, Brian Randle and Shaun Pruitt in the paint. Keep an eye on Pruitt, a 6-10 sophomore who has started every game this season, but has recently become a much bigger part of the offense. When foul trouble strikes Augustine, Illinois will need Pruitt to be an offensive threat, otherwise the perimeter gang has a tendency to hoist up too many three balls.
Likely 2006 NCAA Tournament finish: Sweet 16
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