Illinois Game Notes vs. Indiana
Jan. 8, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Illini Probable Starters
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Indiana Head Coach: Tom Crean
Series Notes: Indiana
Indiana won both match-ups last season, 62-58 in Bloomington on Jan. 13, and 83-79 in double overtime in Champaign on Feb. 7.
With assists on 72.5 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank second in the NCAA in assists behind North Carolina, averaging 20.1 assists per game. Illinois also ranks sixth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.5.
Illinois recorded its 13th win of the 2008-09 season at Purdue on Dec. 30. Last year, the Illini finished the regular season with 13 wins.
Illinois has won 17 of its last 20 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 48.1 percent on the year (25th in NCAA). The Illini also are second in the conference in scoring margin at +13.1 ppg.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while eight players are averaging at least 5.5 points per game.
Illinois' top four scorers are separated by a total of only five points after 15 games.
Illinois is the only Big Ten team with four players among the league's Top 25 scorers.
Seven different players have been the Illini's leading scorer in a game this season.
Illinois has not trailed at halftime this season.
Illinois ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 57.8 ppg.
The win at No. 9 Purdue marked Illinois' first road victory over a Top-10 team since the Flyin' Illini won at No. 8 Michigan on March 11, 1989.
Overall, the win over the ninth-ranked Boilermakers was Illinois' first against a Top-10 opponent since defeating No. 7 Michigan State on Jan. 5, 2006. The Illini have four victories over Top-10 teams under Weber.
Illinois started the 2009 Big Ten slate with a pair of road games against Top 25 teams, at No. 10 Purdue and at No. 24 Michigan. Michigan State was the only other team opening league play with consecutive road games.
Clemson and Michigan are the only two teams to top 70 points and shoot better than 46 percent against the Illini this season.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 11 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Jan. 5, Chester Frazier ranks 12th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and 15th in assists. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.4 apg, and is third in the league with an a/to ratio of +3.0.
Mike Davis is tied for the Big Ten lead in double-doubles this season with four, and is the leagues No. 4-ranked rebounder, averaging 7.5 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 10 games.
Mike Tisdale has averaged 17.0 points (102) and 5.7 rebounds (34) over the last six games while shooting a combined 58.1 percent from the floor (43-74).
All-Time Greats and Championship Teams To Be Honored on Saturday
Players expected back from the 1984 squad include Bruce Douglas, Efrem Winters, Doug Altenberger, Tony Wysinger, George Montgomery, Quinn Richardson, Scott Meents, Anthony Welch, Dee Maras and Reggie Woodward. Members of the coaching staff who plan to attend include former head coach Lou Henson, who will be celebrating his 77th birthday on Saturday, Dick Nagy and Bob Hull. The 1984 team finished with a 26-5 overall record, including a 13-3 mark that tied them with Purdue for the Big Ten title. The Illini advanced to the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament and finished with a final AP ranking of No. 6 in the nation. Douglas was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Year and earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors with Winters. Montgomery was named to the Second-Team while Altenberger and Richardson were both named Honorable Mention.
Members from the 1949 squad who will be in attendance are Van Anderson, Ted Beach and Dick Foley, along with managers Jim Nelson and Doug Hager, and several family representatives of deceased team members. That squad finished with a 21-4 record, including 10-2 in the Big Ten. The Illini lost to Kentucky in the Final Four before defeating Oregon State in the third-place game of the NCAA Tournament.
Derek Harper, who was Second-Team All-American in 1983 and a member of the Illinois All-Century Team, will unveil his Honored Jerseys. Harper would have been a senior on the 1984 team if he hadn't declared for early entry to the 1983 NBA Draft where he was taken in the first round as the first-ever draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks.
Last Time Out: At Michigan
Calvin Brock led the Illini in both scoring and rebounding, totaling 13 points and seven boards in a season-high 28 minutes off the bench. Demetri McCamey tallied his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists, and Mike Davis and Alex Legion added 10 points each.
Countdown to 1,600
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