Illinois Fighting Illini 2002/03

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Fighting Illini Big Ten
Coach: Bill Self
Record: 25-7
Dance Seed: 4
Dance Result: Round of 32
Players: Brian Cook
*Dee Brown
NCAA Stats CategoryRank+/-
Scoring Offense * 66
Scoring Defense * 20 A-
Free-Throw Percentage * 68
Rebound Margin * 73
Assists Per Game * 2 A+
Turnovers Per Game * 42 B+
Scoring Margin 6 A+
Field-Goal Percentage 20 A-
Field-Goal Percentage Defense 2 A+
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage 77 B-
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game 61
Won-Lost Percentage 20 A-
Blocked Shots Per Game 168
Steals Per Game 168
Personal Fouls Per Game 130 C+
MPI - Marchpool Index 1 A+
Dance of 68 StatsRank+/-
Ball Control9A-
RPI Decade64D+
Round of 32
#13 Seed: Bill Self's 2002/2003 Fighting Illini basketball squad was a talented young team that won all their home games, but had some trouble on the road.  Freshman sensation Dee Brown combined with Big Ten POY Brian Cook, running Self's high low offense with precision.  While ball control was Illinois' strong suit, it was their Round of 32 opponents' strength as well; Notre Dame.  Irish coach Mike Brey's unselfish team moved the ball around until a Notre Dame player had a good look at a 3.  Notre Dame ended up hitting 13 of 24 beyond the arc in this March match-up. The young Illini were shown the door after a successful season in which Self's squad won Big 10 tournament championship.