Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Iowa

 
Shaun Pruitt and the Illini battle Iowa on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall.
Shaun Pruitt and the Illini battle Iowa on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall.
 

Jan. 9, 2007

Champaign, Ill. -

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FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #18: Illinois (12-5, 0-2) vs. Iowa (9-6, 1-0)
Jan. 10, 2007 • 7 p.m. CT • ESPN+ Local
Champaign, Ill. • Assembly Hall (16,618)

On the Air
TV

ESPN+ Local: Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play; Doug Altenberger, expert analyst.

Radio
Illini Sports Network - 47 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate pregame/halftime/ postgame interviews.

Illini Probable Starters
F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Jr, 6-8, 220, 7.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
F - 41 Warren Carter (Sr., 6-9, 220, 13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 bpg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Jr., 6-10, 245, 10.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg)
G - 31 Jamar Smith (So., 6-3, 185, 12.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (So., 6-2, 190, 8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.4 spg)

Off the Bench
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-So., 6-2, 195, 7.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G - 2 Chris Hicks (Jr., 6-2, 190, 0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg)
C - 21 Brian Carlwell (Fr., 6-11, 265, 2.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg)
F - 25 Calvin Brock (r-So., 6-5, 195, 7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg)
G - 33 Rich McBride (Sr., 6-3, 205, 8.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg)
F - 34 C.J. Jackson (r-Fr., 6-8, 260, 1.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
F - 44 Marcus Arnold (r-Sr., 6-8, 245, 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (Fr., 6-9, 230, 3.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg) -Out-

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 204-75/.731 (9th year)
Big Ten: 39-11/.780
At Illinois: 101-21/.828 (4th year)
Vs. Iowa: 5-1
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (6th year), Jay Price (4th year), Tracy Webster (3rd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (4th year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (24th year at Illinois)

Iowa Head Coach: Steve Alford
Overall Record: 300-175/.632 (16th year)
At Iowa: 144-98/.595 (8th year)
Vs. Illinois: 3-9
Assistant Coaches: Craig Neal, Tim Buckley, Billy Garrett

Series Notes: Iowa
Illinois leads the all-time series 73-65 over Iowa, including a 56-14 advantage in games played at Champaign. The Illini have won seven of the last nine games in the series and carry a current streak of six straight wins over the Hawkeyes at the Assembly Hall.

Illini Headlines...
• Illinois is trying to end its first three-game losing streak of Bruce Weber's four-year tenure.

• Over his last 10 games, Warren Carter is averaging 15.6 points (156) and 7.3 rebounds (73). Included in that stretch have been three 20+ point performances for the senior power forward. Carter had a career-high 24 points vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), tying the highest point total by UI player this season, and 21 points vs. both IUPUI (Dec. 6) and Belmont (Dec. 17). Carter has been Illinois' leading scorer in five of his last 10 games.

• Illinois' Jamar Smith was the second highest scoring reserve in the Big Ten (behind Daequan Cook of Ohio State) until he entered the starting lineup last week. Smith ranks second on the team, averaging 12.5 points per game on the season. Over a four-game stretch prior to Ohio State last Saturday, Smith averaged 17.8 points (71) and 4.0 three-pointers (16).

• Illinois is a balanced offensive club, with three players averaging double figures and eight members of the roster averaging over seven points per game.

• Illinois has started six different lineups this season. Last season, the Illini started the same lineup in 32 of 33 games and two seasons ago, Illinois had the same starting lineup in all 39 games.

• Six different players have been Illinois' leading scorer in a game this season (Warren Carter-6, Jamar Smith-4, Shaun Pruitt-3, Trent Meacham-2, Rich McBride-1, Chester Frazier-1).

Chester Frazier ranks second in the Big Ten and 25th in the NCAA (as of Jan. 7) in assists with an average of 5.7 apg. He had a career-high 11 assists vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) and again vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), and also had 10 assists vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19).

Warren Carter ranks in the top 10 of the Big Ten in three categories, Illinois' leading scorer, Carter ranks ninth in the league with an average of 13.7 points. Carter is also eighth in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.6 rpg, and ninth in blocks, averaging 1.3 bpg.

Shaun Pruitt ranks third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and is ninth in field goal percentage (.538, 77-143). Pruitt tied his career high with 11 rebounds vs. Xavier (Dec. 29).

Jamar Smith is shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range, hitting 33-80 from behind the arc on the season. He has five games with at least four 3-pointers, making five treys in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), a perfect 5-5 from 3-point land vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), four 3s vs. Missouri (Dec. 19), five treys vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21), and four vs. Xavier last Friday.

Shaun Pruitt has scored in double figures in 11 games this season and is third on the team in scoring at 10.9 ppg. He had 18 points vs. Maryland (Nov. 28) and scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting vs. Missouri (Dec. 19). Pruitt also leads the Illini with four double-doubles on the season.

• Over the past 14 games, Chester Frazier has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4 (78 assists/33 turnovers).

Trent Meacham ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (27-54). He had a school-record eight 3-pointers vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19), which is also the most treys by a Big Ten player this year.

Calvin Brock has scored at least six points in 12 games.

• Illinois has scored over 70 points in 12 games and is averaging 71.4 points on the season (5th in Big Ten).

• Illinois is outscoring its opponent by an average of 11.5 points (5th in Big Ten).

• Illinois has shot better than 45 percent in nine games, topping 50 percent six times.

• Illinois has shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in six games and is shooting 37.1 percent from behind the arc on the season (5th in Big Ten).

• The Illini are second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, making an average of 7.8 per game (132 total).

• Illinois has outrebounded 11 opponents and is outrebounding its opponent by an average of 6.8 boards (5th in Big Ten, 34th in NCAA as of Jan. 7).

• Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in total rebounds (37.5 rpg) and leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (14.1 rpg).

• Illinois is holding its opponents to an average of just 59.8 points (28th in NCAA as of Jan. 7) on 40.4 percent shooting.

Last Time Out: Ohio State
Despite playing in the comforts of Assembly Hall, Illinois simply could not put the ball in the basket on Saturday, falling to No. 6 Ohio State 62-44. Illinois shot a season-low 24.1 percent, making just 14 of 58 field goals. The Illini also managed just 3-23 from 3-point range. Warren Carter was the only player in double figures, finishing with 11. Carter and Chester Frazier had eight rebounds apiece.

Carter Aiming High As A Senior
One of the most improved players in the Big Ten, Warren Carter is having an outstanding senior season. The replacement for James Augustine at power forward, Carter has started all 16 games that he has played in this year and leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.7 points (ninth in Big Ten). He has reached double figures 12 times, led by a career-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting vs. Arizona (Dec. 2). He made it his third double-double of the season against the Wildcats, collecting 10 rebounds.

Carter has topped the 20-point marker three times on the season, with a game-high 21 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) and another 21-point effort vs. Belmont (Dec. 17).

Carter had 17 points vs. Bradley (Nov. 25). He also had eight rebounds vs. the Braves and had eight points, three blocks and three steals vs. Miami (OH) the night before to earn a spot on the Chicago Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Carter started strong against Maryland (Nov. 28), scoring all 13 of his points in the first half, while tallying a double-double with 11 boards.

Carter is second on the team in rebounding behind Pruitt, averaging 6.6 rpg to rank eighth in the Big Ten. He had the first double-double of his career vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15) with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Carter suffered a hip injury at the end of the Missouri game and did not play against Idaho State on Dec. 21. He returned to the lineup vs. Xavier (Dec. 29) and scored 14 points with five boards. He again had 14 points with eight boards vs. Michigan (Jan. 3) and had 11 pts-8 reb vs. Ohio State on Saturday.

Over his last 10 games, Carter is averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Frazier On Point
Chester Frazier has taken over the reins at point guard following the graduation of Dee Brown. The sophomore from Baltimore has been very productive in all facets of the game. He is averaging 8.5 points (fourth on team) and ranks second in the Big Ten and 25th in the NCAA (as of Jan. 7) with an average of 5.7 assists. Frazier is also fourth on the Illini with an average of 4.6 rebounds and leads the team in steals, averaging 1.4 spg (seventh in Big Ten).

Frazier has scored in double figures in 10 games, led by a career-high 17 points vs. Savannah State (Nov. 21). He recorded his first career double-double vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19) with 13 points and 10 assists.

Frazier had 10 points vs. Miami (OH) (Nov. 24), hitting a game-winning layup with 18 seconds left. He then recorded his second double-double vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists. Frazier was named MVP of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

He had 11 points and four assists in 39 minutes of action vs. Arizona (Dec. 2) and then tied his career high with another 11-assist effort vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6). Frazier's 11 assists vs. Bradley and vs. IUPUI tie the most by a Big Ten player this season.

Frazier scored 13 points on 4-6 shooting from 3-point range against Idaho State (Dec. 21) and was in double figures again at Michigan on Jan. 3 with 11 points.

While continuing to rack up the assists, Frazier has also done a good job cutting down on his turnovers. After totaling 13 turnovers in the first two games (6.5 avg.), he has combined for just 36 turnovers over the past 15 games (2.4 avg.). He had only one turnover in 35 minutes vs. Bradley compared to 11 assists, and had just one turnover again vs. Maryland (Nov. 28).

Frazier's assist-to-turnover ratio over the past 14 games is 2.4 (78 assists/33 turnovers).

Pruitt A Consistent Contributor
Shaun Pruitt started every game last season and is once again the Illini's starting center this year. He has scored in double figures in 11 games and is third on the team in scoring with an average of 10.9 points.

Pruitt leads the Illini and is third in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 7.1 boards and has been an efficient scorer, shooting 53.8 percent from the field (77-1343) to rank ninth in the Big Ten. He has four double-doubles on the season to lead all UI players.

Pruitt had 15 points on 7-9 shooting vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15) and recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Savannah State (Nov. 21).

He earned Chicago Invitational Challenge All-Tournament Team honors after posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards vs. Miami (OH) (Nov. 24) followed by 16 points and nine rebounds in a career-best 31 minutes vs. Bradley (Nov. 25).

Pruitt was at his best vs. Maryland (Nov. 28), scoring 18 points on 7-12 shooting. He tallied his third double-double of the season against the Terrapins, collecting a career-high 11 rebounds in addition to his 18 points.

Pruitt scored in double figures for the sixth straight game vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), registering 11 points. That streak came to an end with seven points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), but Pruitt was back in double figures with 13 points vs. Belmont (Dec. 17).

He then scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting and had a game-high nine boards vs. Missouri (Dec. 19).

Pruitt notched his fourth double-double with 11 points and a career-high tying 11 boards vs. Xavier (Dec. 29).

Smith Is Instant Offense
Sophomore sharpshooter Jamar Smith has continued his reputation for providing instant offense in the Illini lineup. Smith, who missed six games due to a high ankle sprain, has reached double figures in seven of 11 games and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 12.5 points. He was the second highest scoring non-starter in the Big Ten before entering the starting lineup vs. Michigan on Jan. 3.

Smith scored 19 points in just 21 minutes of action in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), when he suffered the ankle injury and missed the remainder of the game. He returned to the court against Bradley (Nov. 25), scoring 14 points, but his mobility was limited the following game vs. Maryland. After sitting out the Arizona game, Smith came off the bench to tally 15 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), connecting on all five 3-point attempts.

Smith scored 17 points in the win over Missouri (Dec. 19) and had a season-high 21 points vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21). He scored 16 points vs. Xavier (Dec. 29) and was Illinois' leading scorer for the third straight game with 17 points vs. Michigan on Wednesday.

Smith has totaled 33 three-pointers in 11 games (3.0 avg.) and is shooting 41.3 percent (33-80) from behind the arc on the season. With those numbers, he would rank second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage, but a player must appear in 75 percent of his team's games to officially be listed in the conference's statistical rankings.

Randle Returns To Action
After having groin surgery on Nov. 17 and missing nine games, Brian Randle returned to action against UIC on Dec. 9. He played 16 minutes off the bench and performed well, nearly registering a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Randle scored 10 against both Belmont (Dec. 17) and Missouri (Dec. 19) and had a season-high 11 points vs. Idaho State on Dec. 21.

Randle is averaging 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds on the season and has made 6-13 from 3-point range.

McBride's Experience an Asset
Senior Rich McBride started off slow after missing the season's first four games, but he has re-established himself as one of Illinois' top performers. McBride had a season-high 18 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), hitting six 3-pointers, and had a team-high 13 points vs. UIC (Dec. 9). His last double-digit effort came vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21) with 10 points.

McBride has started nine of 13 games on the season and ranks fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.1 points. He is also averaging 1.9 assists.

Brock Stepping UpCalvin Brock has made great strides since arriving on campus and it's showing this season. In his first career start, Brock totaled 14 points on 6-9 shooting with six rebounds vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15). He had 17 points on 7-11 shooting vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), and tallied the first double-double of his career vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19) with career highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds along with a career-best seven assists.

After scoring eight vs. Bradley (Nov. 25), Brock was back in double figures with 11 points vs. Maryland (Nov. 28). He had eight points and eight rebounds vs. Arizona (Dec. 2) and played a great all-around game vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) with 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Brock was also credited by Weber as the catalyst in Illinois' come-from-behind victory over Idaho State on Dec. 21. The Illini trailed by six points midway through the second half before Brock started a rally that brought Illinois ahead for good. In just 15 minutes, Brock scored seven points on 3-3 shooting and had a team-high seven rebounds.

Brock has started nine games this season and is averaging 7.6 points. He is third on the Illini in rebounding, averaging 4.9 boards and is second with 38 offensive rebounds. Brock is shooting 50.5 percent (55-109) from the floor (15th in Big Ten). and is averaging 1.9 assists.

Hometown Hero
Trent Meacham starred at Champaign Centennial High School and initially went to Dayton on a full scholarship. After playing as a true freshman at Dayton in 2004-05, Meacham returned to Illini country, choosing to walk-on to the Illinois squad. Meacham sat out last season as a transfer and has been awarded a scholarship for this season.

After an injury to Jamar Smith in the season opener vs. Austin Peay, Meacham found himself in the starting lineup just two days later, playing all 40 minutes vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15), scoring eight points with a career-high six assists.

Meacham was Illinois' leading scorer for two straight games with 19 points vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) followed by a career-high 24 points vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19). He tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with eight vs. FAMU en route to his 24 points.

He was back in double figures against IUPUI (Dec. 6), scoring 12 points, and had 11 vs. Xavier (Dec. 29).

Meacham ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 50 percent (27-54), is averaging 7.4 points on the season and is second on the team in assists (2.0 apg).

*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.

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