Illinois Game Notes at Michigan State
Jan. 16, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 12.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.4 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 11.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.6 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Michigan State Head Coach: Tom Izzo
Series Notes: Michigan State
Michigan State won both meetings last season, 51-41 in East Lansing on Jan. 30 and 59-51 in Champaign on March 6.
In the win over Michigan, Illinois held the Wolverines to a season-low 51 points on season-low 32.2 percent shooting (19-59).
With assists on 71.3 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini also lead the NCAA in assists, averaging 19.4 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 continued with Wednesday's win over Michigan. Following Saturday's trip to Michigan State, 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 loss at No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 4. After the Indiana win last Saturday, Illinois defeated No. 25 Michigan on Wednesday. The run wraps up Saturday at No. 7 Michigan State.
Illinois is 3-1 vs. ranked teams this season.
Illinois recorded its 15th win of the 2008-09 season vs. Michigan on Wednesday. The Illini have already exceeded its regular-season win total from all of 2007-08 (13), and are now just win away from equaling last season's 16 victories.
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 19 of its last 22 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 39.2 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 seven points after 17 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.
Three of Illinois' top four scorers are sophomores. In all, the UI sophomore class has scored 58.4 percent of its points on the season (704 of 1,205 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only one game this season -- vs. Michigan on Wednesday -- and that deficit was only one point.
Illinois ranks 11th in the nation and second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 56.6 ppg.
Clemson (Dec. 2) and Michigan (Jan. 4) 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 13 of 17 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 5.9 apg, and is fifth in the league with an a/to ratio of +2.5.
Mike Davis ranks second in the Big Ten 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 12 games.
Trent Meacham has yet to commit a turnover after 123 minutes of Big Ten play.
Last Time Out: Michigan
In all, Illinois held Michigan to its season-low in both points (51) and field goal percentage (19-59, .322)
Mike Tisdale was dominant in the win, scoring 24 points -- one shy of his career high -- on 10-of-12 shooting. Tisdale scored 18 of his 24 in the second half. In the first half, it was Demetri McCamey who led the way, scoring 15 of his 17 points.
Category 2008-09 2007-08 FG Pct. 48.3 (1) 43.5 (7) 3FG Pct. 39.2 (3) 31.9 (10) FT Pct. 73.2 (3) 60.8 (11) Assists/Game 19.4 (1) 13.8 (5) A/TO Ratio 1.51 (1) 1.01 (8) Points/Game 70.9 (5) 63.6 (8) Scoring Margin +14.2 (2) +2.5 (7) Wins 15 (2) 16 (7) Big Ten Wins 3 (3) 5 (9)
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