Demetri McCamey and the Illini take on Minnesota on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Jan. 28, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #21: #19ap/20 Illinois (17-3, 5-2) at RVap/#24 Minnesota (17-3, 5-3)
Jan. 29, 2009 // 8 p.m. CT // BTN
Minneapolis, Minn. // Williams Arena (14,625)
On the Air
BTN: Gus Johnson, 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 12.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.1 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.4 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 11.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.2 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 1.2 apg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.4 ppg, 0.1 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 considering redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 5.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 5.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 1.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg
Series Notes: Minnesota
Illinois leads the all-time series 113-60, but Minnesota owns a 43-41 advantage in games played in Minneapolis. Illinois has won eight straight over Minnesota at Williams Arena, with the Gophers' last home win coming in 1999.
Illinois carries a 20-game winning streak over Minnesota into Thursday night, a 10-year streak that began with the 1999 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal. It is the Illini's longest winning streak in school history over a conference opponent.
Illinois' 20-game winning streak over Minnesota spans 10 years, seven head coaches (three at Illinois, four at Minnesota) and four cities (eight wins in Champaign, eight wins in Minneapolis, two wins in Indianapolis and two wins in Chicago).
It is Illinois' longest winning streak in school history over an opponent. Here are Illinois' all-time longest winning streaks over an opponent:
Opponent Wins Years 1. Minnesota 20 1999- 2. Butler 16 1940-61 Northwestern 16 1947-55 Wisconsin 16 1981-89 Northwestern 16 1984-91 6. Ohio State 12 1950-56 It is the fourth-longest current winning streak nationally by a team over a conference opponent (list compiled by Allan Spear, STATS):
Teams Conf. Wins 1. Oklahoma over Baylor Big XII 25 2. Penn over Dartmouth Ivy League 23 3. Texas over Baylor Big XII 23 4. Illinois over Minnesota Big Ten 20 5. Ohio State over Northwestern Big Ten 17 Illinois' eight straight victories at Williams Arena is one shy of the longest opponent winning streak in that building. Indiana won nine straight at Williams Arena from 1981-89.
Illini Moving Up Top 25 Rankings
Illinois has moved up to No. 19 in this week's Associated Press poll, and No. 20 in the current ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Illini are ranked in the Top 25 for the second consecutive week after entering the polls last week at No. 25 by the AP and No. 24 by the Coaches.
At 17-3, Illinois has tied its eighth-best record through 20 games. Illinois has started 17-3 or better 10 times in school history, with three of those starts coming under Bruce Weber.
With assists on 70.5 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank third in the NCAA in assists, averaging 18.8 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks sixth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.5.
Illinois recorded its 17th victory of the 2008-09 season vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 24, surpassing its win total from all of last season (16 wins).
The win over the Badgers was also Illinois' fifth Big Ten victory of the 2009 season, equaling its conference win total from all of last season.
After concluding a stretch of having four out of five games at home, Illinois now enters a stretch of playing four out of its next six games on the road.
Illinois has won 21 of its last 25 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois is 3-2 vs. ranked teams this season.
Illinois owns the longest homecourt winning streak among Big Ten teams, currently at eight games.
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth 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 23rd in the NCAA in field goal percentage, shooting 47.9 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks second in the conference and 26th in the NCAA 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 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 are sophomores. In all, the UI sophomore class has scored 59 percent of the team's points on the season (822 of 1,393 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only one game this season -- vs. Michigan on Jan. 14 -- and that deficit was only one point.
After ranking last in the Big Ten and in the bottom 10 nationally in free throw shooting last season, Illinois is third in the conference this year at 73 percent.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 15 of 20 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Jan. 19, Chester Frazier ranks 35th in the nation in assists and 34th in assist-to-turnover ratio. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.5 apg, and is fifth in the league with an a/to ratio of 2.3.
Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, ranks 44th in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (2.2) and 54th in assists (5.1 apg)
In Big Ten games only, McCamey leads the conference in both assists (6.1 apg) and assist/ turnover ratio (3.9).
Mike Davis is fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.3 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 14 games.
Mike Tisdale ranks fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 54.2 percent. Davis, meanwhile, is fifth in the league at 53.7 percent.
In Big Ten games only, Tisdale is second in the conference in field goal shooting at 61.1 percent.
Trent Meacham has committed just three turnovers through 203 minutes of Big Ten play.
Last Time Out: Wisconsin
Illinois ended a five-game losing streak against the Badgers with a 64-57 victory on Saturday at the Assembly Hall. Demetri McCamey exploded for a season-high 25 points and seven assists in leading the Illini. Mike Davis had 10 points and eight rebounds and Chester Frazier added nine points. The Illini shot 50 percent on the day while holding Wisconsin to 35.6 percent from the field. Illinois put the game away at the free throw line, connecting on 82 percent (18-22) on the afternoon, including 10-of-12 accuracy over the final 4:13.
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.