Trent Meacham and the Illini host Michigan on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #17: Illinois (14-2, 2-1) vs. #25ap/24 Michigan (13-3, 3-1)
Jan. 14, 2009 // 7:30 p.m. CT // BTN
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
BTN: Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play; Shon Morris, expert analyst
Illini Sports Network-44 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate pregame/halftime/postgame interviews.
Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 12.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 12.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.9 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.3 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 11.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.4 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 1.5 apg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 considering redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 5.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 apg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 1.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 1.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 245-103/.704 (11th year)
At Illinois: 142-49/.743 (6th year)
Big Ten: 55-30/.647
Vs. Michigan: 6-4
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (8th year), Jay Price (6th year), Jerrance Howard (2nd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (6th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (1st year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (26th year at Illinois)
Michigan Head Coach: John Beilein
Overall Record: 499-300/.625 (27th year)
At Michigan: 22-25/.468 (2nd year)
Vs. Illinois: 2-1
Series Notes: Michigan
Illinois leads the all-time series over Michigan, 81-71, and the UI owns a 52-23 advantage in games played at Champaign. The Illini have won 11 straight over the Wolverines at the Assembly Hall, a streak that began in 1996.
The teams just met on Jan. 4 in Ann Arbor, with the Wolverines posting a 74-64 victory.
Illinois is one victory away from becoming the 13th team in NCAA Div. I history to reach 1,600 wins all-time.
With assists on 72.1 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini also lead the NCAA in assists, averaging 19.9 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks second nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.5.
After opening league play with two road games, Illinois is now in the midst of having four out of five games at home. The stretch began with Illinois' win over Indiana last Saturday and continues with Wednesday's game vs. Michigan. After a trip to Michigan State on Saturday, the Illini return to the Assembly Hall next week to host Ohio State (Jan. 20) and Wisconsin (Jan. 24).
Illinois also is in a stretch of playing four out of five games vs. ranked opponents. It began with a win at No. 9 Purdue on Dec. 30 and continued with a 74-64 loss at No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 4. After the Indiana win last Saturday, Illinois next faces No. 25 Michigan on Wednesday followed by a road game at No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday.
Illinois recorded its 14th win of the 2008-09 season vs. Indiana on Saturday, exceeding its regular-season win total from all of 2007-08. Last year, the Illini finished the regular season with 13 wins.
Illinois 31-point margin of victory in Saturday's 76-45 win over Indiana was the Illini's largest over the Hoosiers in the 161-game history of the series.
Trent Meacham made 7-of-9 from 3-point range (77.8 percent) in the win over Indiana. That is the best 3-point shooting percentage by a BIg Ten player this season.
Illinois has won 18 of its last 21 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois leads the Big Ten and is 21st in the NCAA in field goal percentage, shooting 48.3 percent on the year. The Illini also rank 27th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 39 percent from behind the arc.
Illinois ranks second in the conference and 28th in the NCAA in scoring margin at +14.2 ppg.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while eight players are averaging more than five points per game.
Illinois' top three scorers are separated by a total of only five points after 16 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.
Four of Illinois' top five scorers are sophomores. In all, the UI sophomore class has scored 57.9 percent of its points on the season (659 of 1,139 pts).
Illinois has not trailed at halftime this season.
Illinois ranks 11th in the nation and third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 57.0 ppg.
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 12 of 16 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Jan. 12, Chester Frazier ranks 11th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and 16th in assists. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.2 apg, and is third in the league with an a/to ratio of +2.8.
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 7.6 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 11 games.
Countdown to 1,600
With an all-time record of 1,599-845, Illinois stands just one win away from collecting its 1,600th victory. When Illinois reaches that milestone, it will become the 13th program in NCAA history to reach 1,600 wins. Illinois is the 12th-winningest program in NCAA history by percentage, meanwhile, with a 65.4 all-time winning percentage. Here is a list of the current 1,600-win club in NCAA Div. I:
School All-Time Wins Next Game 1. Kentucky 1,978 Jan. 13 2. North Carolina 1,964 Jan. 15 3. Kansas 1,954 Jan. 13 4. Duke 1,860 Jan. 14 5. Syracuse 1,741 Jan. 14 6. Temple 1,697 Jan. 14 7. St. John's 1,680 Jan. 15 8. UCLA 1,659 Jan. 15 9. Pennsylvania 1,650 Jan. 14 10. Notre Dame 1,642 Jan. 17 11. Indiana 1,640 Jan. 13 12. Utah 1,623 Jan. 14
Last Time Out: Indiana
Illinois raced out to a 21-2 lead and never looked back in blowing past Indiana on Saturday in Champaign by the score of 76-45. The 31-point margin of victory marked the Illini's largest over the Hoosiers in the 161-game history of the series.
Illinois shot 51 percent on the day (26-51) and hit a season-high 13 three-pointers, connecting on 52 percent from behind the arc (13-25). The Illini also forced the Hoosiers in to 19 turnovers and enjoyed a 31-to-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
Assisting The Offense
Illinois' ball movement has been very effective this season. The Illini lead the nation in assists, averaging 19.9 assists per game. Illinois also leads the nation in assist rate, recording assists on 72.5 percent of its baskets (301 assists on 415 field goals).
Illinois has totaled 20+ assists in nine games and recorded a season-high 25 assists vs. Jackson State on Nov. 23, the most by a Big Ten team this year. Here is a game-by-game look at Illinois' assists-to-field goals percentage this season:
Game A FG Pct. E. Washington 14 24 58.3 Texas A&M-CC 22 27 81.5 at Vanderbilt 18 24 75 Jackson State 25 31 80.6 vs. Kent State 23 25 92 vs. Tulsa 13 23 56.5 Clemson 19 31 61.3 vs. Georgia 23 33 69.7 Hawaii 16 27 59.3 Chicago State 24 32 75.0 Detroit 20 29 69.0 vs. Missouri 22 29 75.9 Eastern Michigan 18 22 81.8 at Purdue 21 30 70.0 at Michigan 23 28 82.1 Indiana 17 26 65.4 Total 318 441 72.1
Hot Shooting Illini
Illinois is the Big Ten's top-ranked team and No. 21 in the NCAA in field goal percentage at 48.3 percent on the season. The Illini have shot better than 45 percent in eight of the last 10 games, including better than 50 percent in five of those contests. Against Detroit on Dec. 20, Illinois lit up the nets for 64.4 percent accuracy (29-45), the UI's highest field goal percentage of the Weber era. The Illini followed that up with 56.9 percent shooting (29-51) vs. Missouri. Illinois has combined to shoot 50.1 percent over the last nine games.
Illini No. 22 in Latest ESPN.com Power Rankings
Illinois has received votes in eight straight Associated Press polls. And following the rout of Missouri on Dec. 23, Illinois made its first appearance in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings, which compiles the lists from 10 voters affiliated with the network. The Illini checked in at No. 25 in the Dec. 26 rankings and moved up to No. 17 in the Jan. 2 rankings following the road victory at Purdue. Illinois is listed at No. 22 in the latest power rankings, released last Friday. Five of the 10 voters have Illinois in their Top 25, led by Fran Fraschilla, who lists the Illini at No. 11.
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.