#19/20 Illinois Game Notes vs. Iowa
Jan. 31, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 12.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.0 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 10.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Iowa Head Coach: Todd Lickliter
Series Notes: Iowa
This is the only meeting between the two teams this year as Iowa is one of Illinois' "singles" in the Big Ten schedule. The Illini also will play Northwestern just once during conference play.
Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Weekend
Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration between the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Since 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $45 million for ACS.
Coach Weber currently serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer national board and was recognized for his contributions and involvement with the program by receiving the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award in 2007.
Illini Great Gill Calling Game for BTN
Gill received consensus second-team All-America honors as an Illini senior in 1990. He led the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 20 points per game, and was named first-team All-Big Ten and U of I Athlete of the Year. He helped lead the Flyin' Illini to an NCAA Final Four Appearance in 1989 as a junior, earning a spot on the All-Midwest Regional Team. A lottery draft pick, Gill went on to enjoy a 15-year NBA career, scoring more than 12,000 points. He still ranks 15th on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,409 points.
On Sept. 13, 2008, Gill became one of 30 former Illini to have his jersey raised to the Assembly Hall rafters as part of the UI's honored jerseys program.
Illini in Top 25 for Second Straight Week
With assists on 70.3 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank third in the NCAA in assists, averaging 18.3 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks sixth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.4.
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.
Illinois has started the same lineup for 19 consecutive games.
Illinois has won 21 of its last 26 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois is 3-2 vs. ranked teams (AP) this season.
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 56.7 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 47.1 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks second in the conference and 26th in the NCAA in scoring margin at +11.3 ppg.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while eight players are averaging at least 5.4 points per game.
Illinois is the only Big Ten team with four players among the league's Top 26 scorers.
Eight 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 58.5 percent of the team's points on the season (836 of 1,429 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only two games this season: Michigan (Jan. 14) and Minnesota (Jan. 29).
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 72.6 percent.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 16 of 21 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 ranks second in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.3 apg, and is fourth in the league with an a/to ratio of 2.4.
Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, ranks 44th in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (2.1`) and 54th in assists (5.0 apg)
In Big Ten games only, McCamey leads the conference in both assists (5.6 apg) and assist/ turnover ratio (3.2).
Mike Davis is fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.1 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 14 games.
Davis fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 53.1 percent. Mike Tisdale, meanwhile, is sixth in the league at 52.7 percent.
In Big Ten games only, Tisdale is second in the conference in field goal shooting at 55.6 percent.
Trent Meacham has committed just three turnovers through 234 minutes of Big Ten play.
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