Mike Davis and the Illini travel to Madison to face Wisconsin Thursday at 8 p.m.
Feb. 4, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #23: #23ap/21 Illinois (18-4, 6-3) at Wisconsin (12-9, 3-6)
Feb. 5, 2009 // 8 p.m. CT // ESPN
Madison, Wis. // Kohl Center (17,230)
On the Air
ESPN: Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Steve Lavin, 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 12.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.4 ppg, 2.5 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 10.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.1 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 1.0 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 6.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 4.9 ppg, 1.8 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 1.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 249-105/.703 (11th year)
At Illinois: 146-51/.741 (6th year)
Big Ten: 59-32/.648
Vs. Wisconsin: 6-7
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (8th year), Jay Price (6th year), Jerrance Howard (2nd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (6th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (1st year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (26th year at Illinois)
Wisconsin Head Coach: Bo Ryan
Overall Record: 568-172/.768 (25th year)
At Wisconsin: 185-69/.728 (8th year)
Vs. Illinois at Wisconsin: 9-8
Vs. Illinois All-Time: 9-9
Series Notes: Wisconsin
Illinois leads the all-time series over Wisconsin, 107-73, but the Badgers hold a 51-38 advantage in games played at Madison. The Illini had a two-game winning streak at the Kohl Center (victories in 2005 and 2006) snapped last season.
Illinois and Wisconsin just met on Jan. 24 in Champaign, a 64-57 Illini win. Demetri McCamey had a season-high 25 points and seven assists in that game.
Weber Nearing 250th Win
Illinois' next win will register as the 250th victory of Bruce Weber's career. Now in his 11th year as a head coach, Weber owns a career record of 249-105, a 70.3 winning percentage. He entered 2008-09 with 231 victories, the eighth-highest win total in NCAA history by a coach after his first 10 seasons.
Illini in Top 25 for Third Straight Week
Illinois appears in the national rankings for the third consecutive week, at No. 21 in the current ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll.
Illini in The Latest Computer Ratings
Here's a quick look at Illinois' rankings in various computer ratings as of Feb. 3:
16 - Jeff Sagarin Ratings
17 - Jerry Palm RPI & Real Time RPI
18 - ESPN Inside RPI
24 - Ken Pomeroy Ratings
Illinois owns the longest homecourt winning streak among Big Ten teams, currently at nine games.
With assists on 70.6 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank fourth in the NCAA in assists, averaging 18.3 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks fourth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.45.
Illinois recorded its 18th victory of the 2008-09 season vs. Iowa on Sunday, now two ahead of its win total from all of last season (16).
The win over the Hawkeyes was also Illinois' sixth Big Ten victory, surpassing its conference win total from all of last season (5).
Illinois has started the same lineup for 20 consecutive games.
Illinois has won 22 of its last 27 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 56.6 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 ranks second in the Big Ten and is 38th in the NCAA in field goal percentage, shooting 47.2 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks second in the conference and 32nd in the NCAA in scoring margin at +11.2 ppg.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while seven 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 30 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 58.3 percent of the team's points on the season (869 of 1,491 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only three games this season: at Michigan, at Minnesota and vs. Iowa.
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 72.7 percent.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 17 of 22 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Feb. 2, Chester Frazier ranks 39th in the nation in assists and 36th in assist-to-turnover ratio. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.3 apg, and is fifth in the league with an a/to ratio of 2.3.
Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, ranks 41st 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 (5.8 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (3.7).
Mike Davis is fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.2 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 15 games.
Mike Tisdale is fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 54.1 percent. Davis, meanwhile, is sixth in the league at 52.2 percent.
In Big Ten games only, Tisdale is second in the conference in field goal shooting at 59.2 percent.
Trent Meacham has committed just four turnovers through 267 minutes of Big Ten play.
Mike Tisdale is Illinois' leading scorer in wins, averaging 13.1 points (236). He is the Illini's No. 7 scorer in losses, averaging 4.8 points (19).
Dominique Keller is shooting 59.2 percent from the field in home games (42-71).
Calvin Brock is shooting a team-best 54.5 percent on the road (18-33).
Illinois is 9-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
Last Time Out: Iowa
Thanks to its highest scoring second half of conference play, Illinois surged to a 62-54 victory over Iowa on Sunday at the Assembly Hall. Illinois trailed at halftime for just the third time this season but opened the second half by scoring on 10 of its first 11 possessions en route to a 40-point half. The Illini shot 65 percent in the second half, hitting 13-of-20 from the field.
Mike Tisdale led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Dominique Keller added 12 points off the bench. Mike Davis had his first double-digit rebounding performance of league play, grabbing 10 boards, as Illinois outrebounded Iowa 35-22.
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.