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Bruce Weber benches three starters

Updated: February 10, 2011, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Illinois coach Bruce Weber decided to remove three of his best players from the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against Minnesota.

Demetri McCamey, Jereme Richmond and Mike Tisdale were taken out of the starting lineup for the game. That's three of the Illinois' top four scorers.

An Illini spokesman said the decision was not a punishment or related to injuries. He said Weber was just trying to mix things up to give the struggling Illini a spark. Illinois has ...

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