#25/24 Illinois Game Notes vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 22, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Illini Probable Starters
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Wisconsin Head Coach: Bo Ryan
Series Notes: Wisconsin
Wisconsin won all three match-ups last season, 70-60 in Madison on Jan. 10, 71-57 at the Assembly Hall on Feb. 20, and 61-48 in the Big Ten Tournament Championship on March 16.
The teams will meet again at Wisconsin on Feb. 5.
Illini Enter Top 25
Illinois recorded its 16th victory of the 2008-09 season vs. Ohio State on Tuesday, equaling its win total from last season.
After opening league play with two road games, Illinois is now concluding a stretch of having four out of five games at home. The run began with Illinois' win over Indiana (Jan. 10) and continued with the victory over Michigan (Jan. 14). Following last Saturday's loss at Michigan State, the Illini returned to the Assembly Hall to defeat Ohio State on Tuesday and hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.
Illinois has won 20 of its last 24 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois is 3-2 vs. ranked teams this season.
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation 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 leads the Big Ten and is 25th in the NCAA in field goal percentage, shooting 47.9 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks second in the conference and 29th in the NCAA in scoring margin at +13.4 ppg.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while eight players are averaging more than five points per game.
Illinois' top four scorers are separated by a total of only 15 points after 19 games.
Illinois is the only Big Ten team with four players among the league's Top 25 scorers.
Eight different players have been the Illini's leading scorer in a game this season.
Illinois' top three scorers, and four of its top five, are sophomores. In all, the UI sophomore class has scored 58.6 percent of the team's points on the season (779 of 1,329 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only one game this season -- vs. Michigan on Jan. 14 -- and that deficit was only one point.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 15 of 19 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Jan. 19, Chester Frazier ranks 27th in the nation in assists and 22nd in assist-to-turnover ratio. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.7 apg, and is fourth in the league with an a/to ratio of 2.4.
In Big Ten games only, Demetri McCamey leads the conference in both assists (6.0 apg) and assist/ turnover ratio (4.0).
Mike Davis ranks third in the Big Ten in double-doubles this season with four, and is the leagues No. 5-ranked rebounder, averaging 7.3 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 13 games.
Trent Meacham has committed just two turnovers through 168 minutes of Big Ten play.
In five of the last seven games, including each of the last four games at Assembly Hall, Illinois' first basket has been a 3-pointer by Demetri McCamey.
Last Time Out: Ohio State
Offensively, Illinois was balanced once again with four players scoring in double figures. Mike Tisdale scored a game-high 15 points while Demetri McCamey had 13 with a game-high seven assists. Dominique Keller came off the bench to add 12 while Chester Frazier scored 10, his first game Big Ten game in double figures this season.
Category 2008-09 2007-08 FG Pct. 47.9 (1) 43.5 (7) 3FG Pct. 37.1 (6) 31.9 (10) FT Pct. 72.2 (3) 60.8 (11) Assists/Game 19.2 (1) 13.8 (5) A/TO Ratio 1.48 (1) 1.01 (8) Points/Game 69.9 (6) 63.6 (8) Scoring Margin +13.4 (2) +2.5 (7) Wins 16 (1) 16 (7) Big Ten Wins 4 (2) 5 (9)
Jordan Earns Scholarship
Assisting The Offense
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 Michigan 12 22 54.5 at Michigan State 19 22 86.4 Ohio State 15 27 55.6 Total 364 512 71.1
Hot Shooting Illini
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