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    Illinois Game Notes vs. Minnesota
    Illinois hosts Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall.

    Illinois hosts Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall.

    Feb. 2, 2007

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    Game #25: Illinois (16-8, 4-5) vs. Minnesota (9-13, 3-5)
    Feb. 3, 2007 • 7 p.m. CT • ESPN+ Local
    Champaign, Ill. • Assembly Hall (16,618)

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    ESPN+ Local: Dick Bremer, play-by-play; Bob Ford, expert analyst.

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    Illini Sports Network - 47 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate pregame/halftime/ postgame interviews.

    Illini Probable Starters
    F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Jr, 6-8, 220, 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg)
    F - 41 Warren Carter (Sr., 6-9, 220, 13.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 bpg)
    C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Jr., 6-10, 245, 11.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg)
    G - 33 Rich McBride (Sr., 6-3, 205, 9.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg)
    G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-So., 6-2, 195, 6.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 1.9 apg)

    Off the Bench
    G - 2 Chris Hicks (Jr., 6-2, 190, 0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg)
    G - 3 Chester Frazier (So., 6-2, 190, 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.4 spg)
    C - 21 Brian Carlwell (Fr., 6-11, 265, 1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
    F - 25 Calvin Brock (r-So., 6-5, 195, 6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 apg)
    G - 31 Jamar Smith (So., 6-3, 185, 8.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.8 apg)
    F - 34 C.J. Jackson (r-Fr., 6-8, 260, 1.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
    F - 44 Marcus Arnold (r-Sr., 6-8, 245, 1.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
    F - 50 Richard Semrau (Fr., 6-9, 230, 3.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg) -Out-

    Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
    Overall Record: 208-78/.727 (9th year)
    At Illinois: 105-24/.814 (4th year)
    Big Ten: 43-14/.754
    Vs. Minnesota: 6-0
    Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (6th year), Jay Price (4th year), Tracy Webster (3rd year)
    Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (4th year)
    Trainer: Al Martindale (24th year at Illinois)

    Minnesota Interim Head Coach: Jim Molinari
    Overall Record: 225-175/.563 (14th year)
    At Minnesota: 7-8/.467 (1st year)
    Vs. Illinois All-Time: 0-4
    Assistant Coaches: Vic Couch, Niko Medved, Brent Lawson

    Series Notes: Minnesota
    Illinois leads the all-time series over Minnesota 109-60, and owns a 66-16 advantage in games played at Champaign.

    Illinois carries a 16-game winning streak over Minnesota into Saturday's game, a streak that began with the 1999 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal. It is the longest active winning streak by any Big Ten school over a conference opponent.

    Illinois has also won its last eight games over the Gophers at Assembly Hall.

    Illini Headlines...
    • Illinois' defense has allowed an average of just 57.2 points (343) over the last six games, holding five of six opponents under 70 points.

    • Illinois has also held its opponents to just 24.7 percent shooting from 3-point range (21-85) over the last six games.

    Shaun Pruitt has averaged 14.3 points (57) and 10.8 rebounds (43) over the last four games, posting double-doubles in three of those four contests. Pruitt tied his career high with 19 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20), had 10 points and 13 rebounds vs. Indiana (Jan. 23), 13 points and 11 boards at Purdue (Jan. 27) and 15 points and five boards vs. Michigan State on Tuesday.

    Rich McBride has averaged 12.4 points (87) over the last seven games after combining for just 7 points and making one 3-pointer over the previous three games. McBride scored 15 points against Iowa (Jan. 10), had a team-high 12 points at Michigan State (Jan. 14), nine points at Minnesota (Jan. 17), 15 points vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20), a team-high 15 points vs. Indiana (Jan. 23), nine points at Purdue (Jan. 27) and 12 points vs. Michigan State on Tuesday.

    • McBride is shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range and is averaging 3.4 treys over the last seven games (24-58).

    Brian Randle has shot 65.5 percent from the field (19-29) over the last five games in which he has played, after making just 3-16 in the previous three games.

    • Over his last 17 games, Warren Carter is averaging 14.1 points (240) and 6.6 rebounds (113). Included in that stretch have been three 20+ point performances for the senior power forward. Carter had a career-high 24 points vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), tying the highest point total by UI player this season, and 21 points vs. both IUPUI (Dec. 6) and Belmont (Dec. 17). During that 17-game stretch, Carter has been Illinois' leading scorer seven times and has reached double figures 14 times.

    • In Big Ten home games, Shaun Pruitt is averaging 13.2 points and 8.0 rebounds and Rich McBride is averaging 12.2 points.

    • In the second half of games this season, Chester Frazier is averaging 6.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point range, compared to his averages of 2.3 points, 1.7 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 33.3 percent field goal shooting and 19.2 percent 3-point shooting in the first half of games.

    Rich McBride ranks seventh in Illinois history with 186 career 3-pointers. He needs three treys to tie Kiwane Garris for sixth place, and needs five treys to tie Sean Harrington for fifth.

    • Illinois extended its school-record streak of consecutive sell-out crowds at the Assembly Hall (16,618) to 42 against Michigan State.

    • Illinois ranks 24th in the NCAA in scoring defense (as of Jan. 28), holding its opponents to an average of just 59.6 points on the season.

    • Illinois has started seven different lineups this season. Last season, the Illini started the same lineup in 32 of 33 games and two seasons ago, Illinois had the same starting lineup in all 39 games.

    • Illinois has had five players miss a combined total of 38 games so far this season due to injury (Richard Semrau-19, Brian Randle-11, Jamar Smith-6, Warren Carter-1, Chester Frazier-1).

    • In six of its eight losses, Illinois has led during the second half.

    • In its victory over No. 23 Indiana on Jan. 23, the Illini held the Hoosiers to a season-low 43 points. It marked the fewest points Illinois has allowed to a ranked opponent in conference play in 22 years, since defeating No. 13 Indiana 52-41 on Jan. 27, 1985.

    • Illinois won its 16th straight game over Minnesota on Jan. 14, a streak that spans the last eight years, beginning with the 1999 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal. It is the longest active winning streak by any Big Ten school over a conference opponent.

    • Illinois is a balanced offensive club, with eight members of the roster averaging at least six points per game.

    • Seven different players have been Illinois' leading scorer in a game this season (Warren Carter-8, Shaun Pruitt-6, Jamar Smith-4, Rich McBride-3, Chester Frazier-2, Trent Meacham-2, Brian Randle-1).

    Trent Meacham ranks fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at 44.8 percent (30-67). He had a school-record eight 3-pointers vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19), which is also the most treys by a Big Ten player this year.

    Chester Frazier ranks fourth in the Big Ten in assists with an average of 4.8 apg. He had a career-high 11 assists vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) and again vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), and also had 10 assists vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19).

    • Illinois' leading scorer, Warren Carter ranks 11th in the league with an average of 13.2 points. Carter is also ninth in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.3 rpg, and ninth in blocks, averaging 1.2 bpg.

    Shaun Pruitt ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and is fourth in field goal percentage (.546, 112-205).

    Jamar Smith has five games with at least four 3-pointers, making five treys in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), a perfect 5-5 from 3-point land vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), four 3s vs. Missouri (Dec. 19), five treys vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21), and four vs. Xavier (Dec. 29).

    Shaun Pruitt has scored in double figures in 17 games this season and is second on the team in scoring at 11.3 ppg. He scored a career-high 19 points vs. Missouri (Dec. 19) and vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20).

    • Pruitt leads the Illini with seven double-doubles on the season.

    Calvin Brock has scored at least six points in 13 games.

    • Illinois leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (13.4 rpg).

    • Illinois has scored over 70 points in 13 games.

    • Illinois has shot better than 45 percent in 10 games, topping 50 percent seven times.

    • The Illini are third in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, making an average of 7.0 per game.

    • Illinois has outrebounded 13 opponents and is outrebounding its opponent by an average of 4.5 boards.

    Last Time Out: Michigan State
    Illinois' defense set the tone in a 57-50 victory over Michigan State on Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall. The Spartans shot just 37 percent (17-46) and made only 2-12 from behind the arc en route to its lowest point total in conference play.

    The Illini "D" concentrated on MSU guard Drew Neitzel, who entered the game as the Big Ten's second leading scorer. Neitzel scored just 10 points, tying his second lowest total of the season. He was 2-12 from the field, with the two field goals also marking his second lowest total on the year.

    Chester Frazier led the Illini, tying his career high with 17 points while hitting 6-8 from the field. Shaun Pruitt reached double figures for the fourth straight game, finishing with 15 points, while Rich McBride added 12.

    Assembly Hall: The House of 'Paign
    The Illini have put together one of the most dominating homecourt records in the nation in recent years, owning a record of 104-7 (.937) at the Assembly Hall this decade.

    Illinois had its nation's best 51-game winning streak at the Assembly Hall against non-conference opponents come to an end against Maryland on Nov. 28. The Illini's school-record 33-game homecourt winning streak ended last year against Penn State (Feb. 4, 2006).

    Below is a look at Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall this decade:

    Year      Overall        Big Ten
    2006-07     11-3           3-2
    2005-06     15-1           7-1
    2004-05     15-0           8-0
    2003-04     12-1           7-1
    2002-03     14-0           7-0
    2001-02     13-1           7-1
    2000-01     12-0           8-0
    1999-2000   12-1           7-1
    Total    104-7 (.937)   54-6 (.900)
    

    Illini By the Numbers Under Weber
    Illinois has been a consistent winner under Bruce Weber, a tenure that spans the most successful period in school history. The following is a breakdown of Illinois' success under Weber:

    • 105-24: Illinois' overall record under Weber, a winning percentage of .814.

    • 53-5: Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of .914.

    • 37-2: Illinois' record in 2004-05, which tied the record for the winningest season in NCAA history.

    • 26-7: Illinois' record last season as well as Weber's first season (2003-04), which tie the fourth-winningest season in school history.

    • 43-14: Illinois' record in Big Ten play under Weber - which incudes back-to-back outright championships in 2004 and 2005 - a winning percentage of .754.

    • 92-19: Illinois' record in regular season games under Weber, a winning percentage of .829.

    • 49-5: Illinois' record in regular season non-conference games under Weber, a winning percentage of .907.

    • 21-10: Illinois' record in road games under Weber, a winning percentage of .677.

    • 30-8: Illinois' record in neutral-site games under Weber, a winning percentage of .789.

    • 8-3: Illinois' NCAA Tournament record under Weber - which includes a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2004 and the program's first-ever appearance in the national championship game in 2005 - a winning percentage of .727.

    • 5-2: Illinois' Big Ten Tournament record under Weber - which includes the 2005 tournament title - a winning percentage of .714.

    • 13-5: Illinois' combined postseason record under Weber, a winning percentage of .722.

    Carter Aiming High As A Senior
    One of the most improved players in the Big Ten, Warren Carter is having an outstanding senior season. The replacement for James Augustine at power forward, Carter has started all 23 games that he has played in this year and leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.2 points (11th in Big Ten). He has reached double figures 17 times, led by a career-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting vs. Arizona (Dec. 2).

    Carter has topped the 20-point marker three times on the season, with a game-high 21 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) and another 21-point effort vs. Belmont (Dec. 17).

    Carter had 17 points vs. Bradley (Nov. 25). He also had eight rebounds vs. the Braves and had eight points, three blocks and three steals vs. Miami (OH) the night before to earn a spot on the Chicago Invitational All-Tournament Team.

    Carter started strong against Maryland (Nov. 28), scoring all 13 of his points in the first half, while tallying a double-double with 11 boards.

    Carter suffered a hip injury at the end of the Missouri game and did not play against Idaho State on Dec. 21. He returned to the lineup vs. Xavier (Dec. 29) and scored 14 points with five boards. He again had 14 points with eight boards vs. Michigan (Jan. 3) and had 11 pts-8 reb vs. Ohio State (Jan. 6).

    Carter had 16 points vs. Iowa (Jan. 10) on 6-7 shooting, had 11 vs. Michigan State (Jan. 14) and reached double figures for the eighth straight game with a team-best 17 points at Minnesota (Jan. 17), also collecting 11 rebounds against the Gophers for his fourth double-double of the season.

    Carter's double figures streak came to an end vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20) when he had nine points, but he bounced back with 14 points vs. Indiana (Jan. 23). He most recently reached double figures with 12 points at Purdue (Jan. 27).

    Carter is second on the team in rebounding behind Pruitt, averaging 6.3 rpg to rank ninth in the Big Ten. He had the first double-double of his career vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15) with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

    Over his last 17 games, Carter is averaging 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. During that stretch, Carter has been Illinois' leading scorer seven times and has reached double figures 14 times.

    Pruitt A Consistent Contributor
    Shaun Pruitt started every game last season and is once again the Illini's starting center this year. The only player to start all 24 games this season, Pruitt has scored in double figures in 17 games and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.3 points.

    Pruitt leads the Illini and is second in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 7.5 boards and has been an efficient scorer, shooting 54.6 percent from the field (112-205) to rank fourth in the Big Ten. He has seven double-doubles on the season to lead all Illini players.

    Pruitt had 15 points on 7-9 shooting vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15) and recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Savannah State (Nov. 21).

    He earned Chicago Invitational Challenge All-Tournament Team honors after posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards vs. Miami (OH) (Nov. 24) followed by 16 points and nine rebounds vs. Bradley (Nov. 25).

    Pruitt was at his best vs. Maryland (Nov. 28), scoring 18 points on 7-12 shooting. He tallied his third double-double of the season against the Terrapins, collecting 11 rebounds in addition to his 18 points.

    Pruitt scored in double figures for the sixth straight game vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), registering 11 points. That streak came to an end with seven points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), but Pruitt was back in double figures with 13 points vs. Belmont (Dec. 17).

    He then scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting and had a game-high nine boards vs. Missouri (Dec. 19). He finished non-conference play with 11 points and 11 boards vs. Xavier (Dec. 29).

    Pruitt had 16 points on 7-8 shooting vs. Iowa (Jan. 10) and had 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds at Michigan State (Jan. 14).

    Pruitt has recorded double-doubles in three of the last four games. He had the best game of his career vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20), tying his career high with 19 points and pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds. He then had 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds vs. Indiana (Jan. 23) and had 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds at Purdue (Jan. 27), He most recently had 15 points and five boards vs. Michigan State on Tuesday.

    Over the last four games, Pruitt is averaging 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds.

    Frazier On Point
    Chester Frazier has taken over the reins at point guard following the graduation of Dee Brown. The sophomore from Baltimore has been very productive in all facets of the game. He is averaging 8.3 points and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 4.8 assists. Frazier is also third on the Illini with an average of 4.4 rebounds and leads the team in steals, averaging 1.4 spg (fifth in Big Ten).

    Frazier has scored in double figures in 11 games, led by a career-high 17 points vs. Savannah State (Nov. 21) and Michigan State (Jan. 30). He recorded his first career double-double vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19) with 13 points and 10 assists.

    Frazier had 10 points vs. Miami (OH) (Nov. 24), hitting a game-winning layup with 18 seconds left. He then recorded his second double-double vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists. Frazier was named MVP of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

    He had 11 points and four assists in 39 minutes of action vs. Arizona (Dec. 2) and then tied his career high with another 11-assist effort vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6).

    Frazier scored 13 points on 4-6 shooting from 3-point range against Idaho State (Dec. 21) and had 11 in the Big Ten opener at Michigan (Jan. 3).

    One of the toughest players to wear the Illini uniform in recent years, Frazier has battled through a number of injuries during his career. After starting the first 17 games this season, he was finally sidelined against Iowa (Jan. 10) due to a strained groin. He returned to the court against Michigan State on Jan. 10, scoring eight points and collecting four assists and a career-high four steals in 25 minutes of action.

    Frazier had nine points and five boards vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20).

    Frazier was questionable just minutes before Tuesday's game vs. Michigan State due to a turf toe injury, but came off the bench to tie his career-high with 17 points on 6-8 shooting. He also pulled down a game-high six rebounds in 26 minutes.

    While continuing to rack up the assists, Frazier has also done a good job cutting down on his turnovers. After totaling 13 turnovers in the first two games (6.5 avg.), he has combined for just 48 turnovers over his past 21 games (2.3 avg.). He had only one turnover in 35 minutes vs. Bradley compared to 11 assists, and had just one turnover again vs. Maryland (Nov. 28).

    More than any other player on the Illini roster, Frazier has stepped up his play after halftime. In the first half of games this season, he is averaging 2.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds while shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 19.2 percent from 3-point range. But in the second half of games, Frazier is averaging 6.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.

    McBride's Experience an Asset
    Senior Rich McBride started off slow after missing the season's first four games, but he has re-established himself as one of Illinois' top performers. McBride had a season-high 18 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), hitting six 3-pointers, and had a team-high 13 points vs. UIC (Dec. 9).

    After coming off the bench the previous two games, McBride returned to the starting lineup against Iowa on Jan. 10 and made his presence felt, scoring 15 points on a season-high five 3-pointers. He then had a team-high 12 points on four treys at Michigan State (Jan. 14).

    McBride had nine points at Minnesota (Jan. 17), 15 points vs. Wisconsin (Jan. 20), a game-high 15 points vs. Indiana (Jan. 23), nine points at Purdue (Jan. 30) and 12 points vs. Michigan State on Tuesday.

    McBride has been Illinois' most consistent player over the past seven games, averaging 12.4 points (87) while shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range (24-58).

    McBride has started 16 of 20 games on the season and ranks third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.6 points. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 2.6 three-pointers per game (52 total) and is also averaging 1.7 assists.

    McBride ranks seventh in school history with 186 career 3-pointers. He needs three treys to tie Kiwane Garris for sixth place, and needs five treys to tie Sean Harrington for fifth. At his current pace, McBride should end his career ranked fourth on the Illini all-time 3-pointers list.

    Randle Battling Through Season of Adversity
    After having groin surgery on Nov. 17 and missing nine games, Brian Randle returned to action against UIC on Dec. 9. He played 16 minutes off the bench and performed well, nearly registering a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

    Randle scored 10 against both Belmont (Dec. 17) and Missouri (Dec. 19) and had 11 points vs. Idaho State on Dec. 21.

    Randle had a break-out game against Iowa on Jan. 10. He tied his career high with 16 points on 7-9 shooting and dished out a career-high six assists. He had two dunks that brought the Assembly Hall crowd to its feet, one of which made Sportscenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day. It marked the third time of his career that a Randle dunk has appeared on ESPN's Top 10 list.

    After scoring eight at Michigan State (Jan. 14), Randle was back in double figures with 12 points on 5-7 shooting at Minnesota (Jan. 17). He then had eight points vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 20.

    Randle fought through pain in his foot (due to plantar fasciitis) during his last few appearances before returning to the sidelines and sitting out two games (Indiana, Jan. 23 and Purdue, Jan. 27).

    He returned to action vs. Michigan State on Tuesday, but was limited to just 20 minutes.

    Over the last five games in which he has played, Randle is shooting 65.5 percent from the field (19-29), averaging 9.6 points (48).

    Randle is averaging 8.3 points (fifth on team) and 4.4 rebounds (fourth on team) on the season and is shooting 53.3 percent from the field.

    Smith Leads Illini Reserves
    Sophomore sharpshooter Jamar Smith earned a reputation last season for providing instant offense in the Illini lineup. Smith, who earlier this season missed six games due to a high ankle sprain, has reached double figures in seven games and is fourth on the team in scoring with an average of 8.4 points.

    Smith scored 19 points in just 21 minutes of action in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), when he suffered the ankle injury and missed the remainder of the game. He returned to the court against Bradley (Nov. 25), scoring 14 points, but his mobility was limited the following game vs. Maryland. After sitting out the Arizona game, Smith came off the bench to tally 15 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), connecting on all five 3-point attempts.

    Smith scored 17 points in the win over Missouri (Dec. 19) and had a season-high 21 points vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21). He scored 16 points vs. Xavier (Dec. 29) and was Illinois' leading scorer for the third straight game with 17 points vs. Michigan (Jan. 3).

    Smith has totaled 34 three-pointers this season (1.9 avg).

    Hometown Hero
    Trent Meacham starred at Champaign Centennial High School and initially went to Dayton on a full scholarship. After playing as a true freshman at Dayton in 2004-05, Meacham returned to Illini country, choosing to walk-on to the Illinois squad. Meacham sat out last season as a transfer and has been awarded a scholarship for this season.

    After an injury to Jamar Smith in the season opener vs. Austin Peay, Meacham found himself in the starting lineup just two days later, playing all 40 minutes vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15), scoring eight points with a career-high six assists.

    Meacham was Illinois' leading scorer for two straight games with 19 points vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) followed by a career-high 24 points vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19). He tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with eight vs. FAMU en route to his 24 points. His eight treys vs. FAMU are the most by a Big Ten player in a game this season.

    Meacham scored 12 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), and had 11 vs. Xavier (Dec. 29).

    Meacham returned to the starting lineup against Iowa (Jan. 10) and started four straight games before resuming his role as a reserve vs. Indiana (Jan. 23). He had his best Big Ten game at Minnesota (Jan. 17), scoring 12 points and dishing out five assists in 32 minutes.

    Meacham ranks fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 44.8 percent (30-67), is averaging 6.1 points on the season and is second on the team in assists (1.9 apg).

    Brock Stepping Up
    Sophomore Calvin Brock has made great strides since arriving on campus and it's showing this season. In his first career start, Brock totaled 14 points on 6-9 shooting with six rebounds vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15). He had 17 points on 7-11 shooting vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), and tallied the first double-double of his career vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19) with career highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds along with a career-best seven assists.

    After scoring eight vs. Bradley (Nov. 25), Brock was back in double figures with 11 points vs. Maryland (Nov. 28). He had eight points and eight rebounds vs. Arizona (Dec. 2) and played a great all-around game vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) with 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

    Brock was also credited by Weber as the catalyst in Illinois' come-from-behind victory over Idaho State on Dec. 21. The Illini trailed by six points midway through the second half before Brock started a rally that brought Illinois ahead for good. In just 15 minutes, Brock scored seven points on 3-3 shooting and had a team-high seven rebounds.

    Brock has started nine games this season and is averaging 6.0 points. He is fifth on the Illini in rebounding, averaging 4.0 boards and tied for second with 46 offensive rebounds. Brock is shooting nearly 47 percent from the floor (60-128) and is averaging 1.6 assists.

    *For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.

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