Trent Meacham and the Illini take on Ohio State Sunday at Noon CT on CBS.
Feb. 20, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #28: #18ap/16 Illinois (21-6, 9-5) at Ohio State (17-7, 7-6)
Feb. 22, 2009 // Noon CT/1 p.m. ET // CBS
Columbus, Ohio // Value City Arena (19,049)
On the Air
CBS (Split-National): Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Bill Raftery, 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 11.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.8 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 5.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 10.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Off the Bench
G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.1 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 6.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 4.9 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 4.2 ppg, 1.6 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 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 252-107/.702 (11th year)
At Illinois: 149-53/.738 (6th year)
Big Ten: 62-34/.646
Vs. Ohio State: 4-5
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)
Ohio State Head Coach: Thad Matta
Overall Record: 224-73/.754 (9th year)
At Ohio State: 122-42/.744 (5th year)
Vs. Illinois: 5-2
Series Notes: Ohio State
Illinois leads the all-time series 101-64 over Ohio State, but the Buckeyes own a 40-39 advantage in games played at Columbus. Ohio State has won three straight vs. the Illini at Value City Arena, with Illinois' last road win against the Buckeyes coming in 2004.
Weber Looking for 150th Win at Illinois
Illinois' next win will register as the 150th victory of Bruce Weber's Illini tenure. Now in his sixth season in Champaign, Weber owns a record of 149-53, a 73.8 winning percentage.
Weber is trying to reach his second milestone win this season. He recorded his 250th career victory with Illinois' win over Purdue on Feb. 8. He owns a career record of 252-107 in his 11 years as a head coach, a 70.2 winning percentage. Weber entered 2008-09 with 231 victories, the eighth-highest win total in NCAA history by a coach after his first 10 seasons.
Illini Turnaround Near the Top
When looking at schools from the BCS conferences, to borrow a football term, Illinois is one of the nation's most improved college basketball teams this season. With 21 victories, the Illini have eight 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. LSU SEC 13 22 9 2. Illinois Big Ten 13 21 8 Michigan Big Ten 9 17 8 4. Boston College ACC 13 19 6 Missouri Big XII 16 22 6 Northwestern Big Ten 8 14 6 Oregon State Pac-10 6 12 6 8. California Pac-10 15 20 5 South Carolina SEC 13 18 5 10. Cincinnati Big East 13 17 4 Oklahoma Big XII 21 25 4 Penn State Big Ten 15 19 4Illini in Top 25 for Fifth Straight Week
Week AP Coaches Jan. 19 25 24 Jan. 26 19 20 Feb. 2 23 21 Feb. 9 22 20 Feb. 16 18 16
Illini in The Latest Computer Ratings
Here's a quick look at Illinois' rankings in various computer ratings through Feb. 19:
19 - Real Time RPI & Jeff Sagarin Ratings
23 - Ken Pomeroy Ratings
Illinois enters Sunday's game at Ohio State after having its 10-game homecourt winning streak snapped by Penn State on Wednesday night. The Illini have not lost back-to-back games this season.
The Ohio State game is the third of four consecutive Sunday games on CBS for the Illini to close the regular season.
With victories at Northwestern and at Indiana last week, Illinois won back-to-back Big Ten road games in the same season for the first time in three years, since winning at Minnesota (Feb. 28) and at Michigan State (March 4) in 2006.
The last time Illinois had longer than a two-game Big Ten road winning streak was when the Illini won 13 straight conference road games spanning two seasons from 2004 to 2005 (six in 2004 and seven in 2005).
With assists on 70.1 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank fifth in the NCAA in assists, averaging 17.8 assists per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks fourth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.44.
Illinois recorded its 21st victory of the 2008-09 season at Indiana last Sunday, now five ahead of its win total from all of last season (16).
The win over the Hoosiers was also Illinois' ninth Big Ten victory, now four ahead of its conference win total from all of last season (5).
Illinois recorded a home-and-home sweep of Indiana for the first time since 1998.
Illinois posted home-and-home victories over Purdue and Indiana in the same season for the first time since 1956.
Illinois has started the same lineup for 25 consecutive games.
Illinois is 4-2 vs. ranked teams (AP) this season.
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 55.7 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 is second in the Big Ten and 28th nationally in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 39.2 percent shooting. The Illini also lead the Big Ten and rank eighth in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 28.6 percent shooting behind the arc.
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 46 percent on the year.
Illinois ranks third in the conference and 36th in the NCAA in scoring margin at +9.6 ppg.
Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while eight players are averaging more than four 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 59.1 percent of the team's points on the season (1,043 of 1,765 pts).
Illinois has led at halftime in 21 of 27 games this season.
After ranking last in the Big Ten and in the bottom 10 nationally in free throw shooting last season, Illinois is fourth in the conference and 87th in the NCAA this year at 71.4 percent.
Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in 20 of 27 games.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Feb. 16, Chester Frazier ranks 34th in the nation in assists and 26th 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 2.44.
Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, ranks 50th in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (2.06) and 53rd in assists (4.8 apg)
In Big Ten games only, McCamey leads the conference in assists (5.1 apg) while ranking second in assist/turnover ratio (2.63).
Mike Davis leads the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 7.8 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 17 games.
Over the last six games, Davis has averaged 10.3 rebounds (62).
Davis leads the Big Ten with seven double-doubles and has posted three double-doubles in the last five games.
Over the last five games, Davis has averaged 12.0 points (60).
Over the last four games, Frazier has averaged 6.0 assists (24).
Mike Tisdale is fifth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 54.1 percent. Davis, meanwhile, is eighth in the league at 51.9 percent.
In Big Ten games only, Tisdale is second in the conference in field goal shooting at 57.3 percent.
Trent Meacham has committed just 10 turnovers through 402 minutes and 14 games of Big Ten play.
Mike Tisdale is Illinois' leading scorer in wins, averaging 12.9 points (270). He is the Illini's No. 7 scorer in losses, averaging 4.5 points (27).
Dominique Keller is shooting 59.7 percent from the field in home games (46-77).
Chester Frazier is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor in Big Ten home games (16-30).
After a six-game stretch where he connected on just 4-of-25 three-pointers, Trent Meacham is shooting 47.4 percent from 3-point range over the last five games (9-19).
Illinois is 14-0 this season when Mike Tisdale scores in double figures, and 11-0 when the UI shoots 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.