Demetri McCamey and the Illini take on Indiana Sunday at Noon on CBS.
Feb. 14, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #26: #22ap/20 Illinois (20-5, 8-4) at Indiana (6-17, 1-10)
Feb. 15, 2009 // Noon CT/1 p.m. ET // CBS
Bloomington, Ind. // Assembly Hall (17,354)
On the Air
CBS (National): Ian Eagle, 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 12.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.6 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 10.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.3 ppg, 0.1 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 considering redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 5.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 4.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 0.8 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: 251-106/.703 (11th year)
At Illinois: 148-52/.740 (6th year)
Big Ten: 61-33/.649
Vs. Indiana All-Time: 8-5
Vs. Indiana at Illinois: 7-4
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)
Indiana Head Coach: Tom Crean
Overall Record: 196-113/.634 (10th year)
At Indiana: 6-17/.261 (1st year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-1
Series Notes: Indiana
Indiana leads the all-time series over Illinois, 82-79, and the Hoosiers hold a 50-27 advantage in games played in Bloomington.
The Illini have won nine of the last 13 overall against the Hoosiers, including a 76-45 victory on Jan. 10 in Champaign. Trent Meacham scored 21 points on a season-high seven 3-pointers, Dominique Keller had 15, and Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey added 10 apiece in the win.
Illini Turnaround Best Among "BCS" Schools
When looking at schools from the BCS conferences to borrow a football term, Illinois has made the most improvement in college basketball this season. With 20 victories, the Illini have seven more wins at this point in the season compared to its regular season win total of 13 last year. Here is a look at the top turnarounds this season among teams from the ACC, Big East, Big XII, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC (wins listed in 2007-08 are regular season only):
07-08 08-09 Team Conf. Wins Wins Increase 1. Illinois Big Ten 13 20 7 LSU SEC 13 20 7 3. Michigan Big Ten 9 15 6 4. Boston College ACC 13 18 5 Northwestern Big Ten 8 13 5 Missouri Big XII 16 21 5 7. Cincinnati Big East 13 17 4 Oregon State Pac-10 6 10 4 South Carolina SEC 13 17 4
Illini Notch 20th Win
Illinois recorded its 20th victory of the season on Thursday night at Northwestern. Illinois has now achieved nine 20-win seasons in the last 10 years and 27 all-time, as well as five 20-win seasons in six years under Bruce Weber.
Illini in Top 25 for Fourth Straight Week
Illinois appears in the national rankings for the fourth consecutive week, at No. 20 in the current ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll.
Illini in The Latest Computer Ratings
Here's a quick look at Illinois' rankings in various computer ratings through Feb. 12:
13 - Real Time RPI, ESPN Inside RPI, Jeff Sagarin Ratings
15 - Jerry Palm RPI
22 - Ken Pomeroy Ratings
At 20-5, the Fighting Illini basketball program has tied its eighth-best record through 25 games. Illinois has started 20-5 or better 12 times in school history, with four of those starts coming under Bruce Weber (see box on P. 3 for more details).
The Indiana game is the second of four consecutive Sunday games on CBS for the Illini to close the regular season.
Illinois owns the longest homecourt winning streak among Big Ten teams, currently at 10 games.
Illinois' 10-game homecourt winning streak ranks 17th nationally and is the seventh-longest streak among "BCS" conference schools.
With assists on 70.3 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank fifth in the NCAA in assists, averaging 18.1 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks seventh nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.47.
Illinois recorded its 20th victory of the 2008-09 season vs. Northwestern on Thursday, now four ahead of its win total from all of last season (16).
The win over the Wildcats was also Illinois' eighth Big Ten victory, now three ahead of its conference win total from all of last season (5).
Illinois has started the same lineup for 23 consecutive games.
Illinois has won 24 of its last 30 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois is 4-2 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 is second in the Big Ten and 25th nationally in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 39.5 percent shooting. The Illini also lead the Big Ten and rank fourth in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 28.6 percent shooting behind the arc.
Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 46.4 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks third in the conference and 34th in the NCAA in scoring margin at +10.1 ppg.
In Big Ten home games, Illinois is shooting 48 percent from the field (144-300) and 39.2 percent from 3-point range (38-97) and averaging 66.8 points (401), while in conference road games, Illinois is shooting just 40 percent from the field (142-355) and 23.1 percent from 3-point land (24-104) and averaging only 56.3 points (338).
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 27 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 58.8 percent of the team's points on the season (981 of 1,667 pts).
Illinois has trailed at halftime in only five 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 and 43rd in the NCAA this year at 71.3 percent.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 19 of 25 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Feb. 9, Chester Frazier ranks 39th in the nation in assists and 31st in assist-to-turnover ratio. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.3 apg, and is third in the league with an a/to ratio of 2.42.
Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, ranks 50th in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (2.12) and 52nd in assists (5.0 apg)
In Big Ten games only, McCamey leads the conference in assists (5.5 apg) while ranking second in assist/turnover ratio (2.87).
McCamey is averaging 15.3 points over the last three games (46).
Mike Davis ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.7 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 16 games.
Over the last four games, Davis has averaged 10.8 rebounds (43).
Mike Tisdale is fifth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 54.2 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 58.4 percent.
Trent Meacham has committed just six turnovers through 351 minutes and 12 games of Big Ten play.
Mike Tisdale is Illinois' leading scorer in wins, averaging 12.7 points (254). He is the Illini's No. 7 scorer in losses, averaging 4.2 points (21).
Dominique Keller is shooting 60 percent from the field in home games (45-75).
Chester Frazier is shooting 56.5 percent from the floor in Big Ten home games (13-23).
After a six-game stretch where he connected on just 4-of-25 three-pointers, Trent Meacham is shooting 50 percent from 3-point land over the last three games (7-14).
Illinois is 11-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
Last Time Out: At Northwestern
An amazing comeback helped Illinois record its 20th win of the season and end a four-game skid on the road as the Illini defeated Northwestern 60-59 on Thursday night in Evanston. Trailing 57-43, the Illini turned to a full court press to speed up the game and create turnovers and outscored the Wildcats 17-2 over the game's last five minutes, including 10-0 over the final 2:15.
Trent Meacham scored 12 of his 15 points during the closing stretch, including 10 straight that brought the Illini to within one point at 59-58 with 42 seconds left. After a defensive stop, Illinois had the ball with 14 seconds left and ran a play that ended with Demetri McCamey hitting a game-winning 14-foot bank shot from the right wing with 2.9 seconds left.
McCamey scored a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Fellow sophomores Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale added 10 points apiece. Chester Frazier, meanwhile, had eight assists with only one turnover in 38 minutes, led the Illini with seven rebounds, and held Northwestern's leading scorer Craig Moore to just eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.
Notes From Purdue (Feb. 8)
Illinois held Purdue to season lows in scoring, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage as the Boilermakers scored just 48 points on 19-of-56 shooting (32.2 percent), including 2-of-15 from behind the arc (13.3 percent).
Mike Davis recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
Davis' 16 boards were the most by a Big Ten player in a conference game this season.
Weber Registers 250th Win
Bruce Weber recorded his 250th career victory with Illinois' win over Purdue last Sunday. Now in his 11th year as a head coach, Weber owns a career record of 251-106, 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.
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.