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Mullins looking forward to clash of former players

INDIANAPOLIS -- Illinois Wolves AAU coach Mike Mullins has been in the stands nearly every time his former players Illinois' Demetri McCamey and Ohio State's Evan Turner have met in their collegiate careers.

On Saturday, Mullins' son's birthday took precedent, and he didn't make the trip to Indianapolis as the two former St. Joseph High School stars square off in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Mullins did plan on watching.

"Both have carried their teams on their backs all season, and both are NBA players," said Mullins via text. "I am so proud of both. I love them both, glad they are my friends and part of my family. They're special people and special players."

In the past three seasons, McCamey and Turner have met six times with Turner's teams having a 4-2 advantage. Here's a rundown of their previous games:

  • March 2, 2010: Ohio State 73, Illinois 57 -- Turner had 16 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and one steal; McCamey had 18 points, four rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

  • Feb. 14, 2010: Ohio State 72, Illinois 53 -- Turner had 16 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and one steal; McCamey had nine points, two rebounds, nine assists and one steal.

  • Feb. 22, 2009: Illinois 70, Ohio State 68 -- McCamey had 15 points, two rebounds and seven assists; Turner had 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

  • Jan. 20, 2009: Illinois 67, Ohio State 49 -- McCamey had 13 points, three rebounds, seven assists and two steals; Turner had four points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

  • Jan. 22, 2008: Ohio State 64, Illinois 58 -- Turner had 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal; McCamey had two points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

  • Jan. 3, 2008: Ohio State 74, Illinois 58 -- In their first meeting, Turner had five points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block; McCamey had 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

  • On Saturday, the two players could be competing for the final time in college -- unless they meet in the NCAA Tournament -- as Turner is probably headed to the NBA after the season. McCamey could follow him there next season.

    For now, they are going to enjoy this one last encounter.

    "To play us again, he's going to be extremely happy," McCamey said of Turner on Friday. "It's the friendship thing with us. We're like brothers, so it's always fun to get to play against one another."

    Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.