Illinois faces Purdue on Sunday at Noon at the Assembly Hall. The game will be televised nationally on CBS.
Feb. 7, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #24: #23ap/21 Illinois (18-5, 6-4) vs. #12ap/13 Purdue (17-5, 6-3)
Feb. 8, 2009 // Noon CT // CBS
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
CBS (National): Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Greg Anthony, 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, 2.7 rpg, 5.0 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.3 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 10.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.7 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.0 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, 2.5 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 5.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 4.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 0.9 ppg, 0.5 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 249-106/.701 (11th year)
At Illinois: 146-52/.737 (6th year)
Big Ten: 59-33/.641
Vs. Purdue: 6-4
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)
Purdue Head Coach: Matt Painter
Overall Record: 98-50/.662 (5th year)
At Purdue: 73-45/.619 (4th year)
Vs. Illinois: 3-3
Series Notes: Purdue
Purdue leads the all-time series 88-83 over Illinois, but the UI owns a 53-31 advantage in games played at Champaign. The Illini have won the last two games in the series, including a 71-67 overtime victory in the conference opener for both teams on Dec. 30 in West Lafayette. Five Illini scored in double figures in that contest, led by Mike Tisdale's game-high 18 points.
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 249-106, a 70.1 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.
Freeman and Johnson To Raise Jerseys
The Illinois basketball program unveiled its honored jerseys last September, as 30 of the greatest players in Fighting Illini history had banners hung from the Assembly Hall rafters during A Night Of Legends. Two Illini not present at those festivities are scheduled to attend Sunday's game and raise their banner during a pre-game ceremony.
Don Freeman played at Illinois from 1964-66, finishing his career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,449 points (now ranks 12th). He was a first-team All-Big Ten and All-America selection in 1966 after setting school single-season records for scoring with 668 points and scoring average at 27.8 points per game. A member of the Illinois All-Century Team, Freeman played professional basketball for nine seasons, scoring more than 12,000 points.
Eddie Johnson lettered for the Illini from 1978-81 and finished his career as the UI's all-time leading scorer with 1,692 points (now ranks sixth) and all-time leading rebounder with 831 boards (now ranks fourth). Johnson was a two-time team MVP and a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1981. A member of the Fighting Illini All-Century Team, Johnson enjoyed a 17-year NBA career, scoring more than 19,000 points.
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. 6:
17 - Jerry Palm RPI
19 - Real Time RPI & ESPN Inside RPI
20 - Jeff Sagarin Ratings
24 - Ken Pomeroy Ratings
Weber Faces Former Assistant Once Again
Playing Purdue has been an unusual situation for Bruce Weber since taking over as Illini head coach. During his first two seasons, that meant coaching against his mentor, Gene Keady, whom Weber served as an assistant for 19 years, including 18 seasons in West Lafayette.
Now it means facing Matt Painter, whom Weber helped recruit to Purdue and later served as an assistant coach under Weber during his five-year tenure at Southern Illinois.
This is the seventh meeting between Illinois and Purdue of the Weber and Painter eras, with each team having won three of the previous games:
Date Site Winner Score 1/28/06 Champaign Illinois 76-58 1/27/07 West Lafayette Purdue 64-47 1/19/08 West Lafayette Purdue 74-67 2/2/08 Champaign Purdue 83-75 3/14/08 Indianapolis Illinois 74-67 (OT) 12/30/08 West Lafayette Illinois 71-67 (OT)
Illinois owns the longest homecourt winning streak among Big Ten teams, currently at nine games.
With assists on 69.6 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank fourth in the NCAA in assists, averaging 17.9 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks fourth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.43.
Illinois recorded its 18th victory of the 2008-09 season vs. Iowa on Feb. 1, 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 21 consecutive games.
Illinois has won 22 of its last 28 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 56.9 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 third in the Big Ten and is 38th in the NCAA in field goal percentage, shooting 46.4 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks third in the conference and 32nd in the NCAA in scoring margin at +10.1 ppg.
In Big Ten home games, Illinois is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from 3-point range and averaging 67.0 points, while in conference road games, Illinois is shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 20.5 percent from 3-point land and averaging 55.6 points.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while seven players are averaging more than five 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.
Illinois' top three scorers are sophomores. In all, the UI sophomore class has scored 58.5 percent of the team's points on the season (901 of 1,541 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only four games this season.
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 73.1 percent.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 18 of 23 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 ranks second in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.2 apg, and is fourth in the league with an a/to ratio of 2.31.
Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, ranks 41st in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (2.13) and 54th in assists (5.0 apg)
In Big Ten games only, McCamey leads the conference in assists (5.6 apg) while ranking second in assist/turnover ratio (3.11).
Mike Davis is fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.4 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 16 games.
Mike Tisdale is fifth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 53.3 percent. Davis, meanwhile, is seventh in the league at 52 percent.
In Big Ten games only, Tisdale is second in the conference in field goal shooting at 56.6 percent.
Trent Meacham has committed just four turnovers through 291 minutes and 10 games 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 4.2 points (21).
Dominique Keller is shooting 59.2 percent from the field in home games (42-71).
Illinois is 9-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.