Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Season Opener vs. Loyola

Tyler Griffey and the Illini open the season at Assembly Hall Friday night.
Tyler Griffey and the Illini open the season at Assembly Hall Friday night.

Nov. 10, 2011

Game 1: Illinois (20-14, 9-9 in 2010-11) vs. Loyola-Chicago (16-15, 7-11 in 2010-11)

Nov. 11, 2011 // 8 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

Complete Illinois Game Notes | Complete Loyola Game Notes

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Ticket Information
Illinois men's basketball tickets are currently available. Single-game tickets in C-level range from $22-$40. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-866-ILLINI-­1, or in person at the Assembly Hall North Ticket Office.

Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster for the United Center game vs. UNLV (Dec. 17) and the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis (March 8-11). Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

PROBABLE STARTERS (averages listed are from 2010-11 season)

Pos.	No.	Name	        Ht.	Wt.	Yr.	PPG	RPG	APG	Other
G	0	Sam Maniscalco 	6-0	180	Gr.
G	13   OR	Tracy Abrams 	6-1	185	Fr.

G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 Jr. 8.4 1.8 1.9 38.5% 3FG G 2 OR Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-So. 1.1 0.4 0.3 53.8% FG

G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 Jr. 9.0 3.1 2.1 1.1 spg G/F 20 OR Myke Henry 6-6 230 Fr.

F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 230 Jr. 1.6 1.2 0.0 5 steals F 15 OR Mike Shaw 6-8 230 Fr.

C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-1 245 So. 2.1 1.2 0.2 13 blocks F/C 32 OR Nnanna Egwu 6-11 245 Fr.

Off the Bench (averages listed are from 2010-11 season)

Pos.	No.	Name	        Ht. 	Wt.	Yr.	PPG	RPG	APG	Other
G	4	Crandall Head	6-4	190	So.	1.4	0.2	0.7	3 steals
G/F	21	Devin Langford	6-7	200	Fr.
F/C	23	Ibby Djimde	6-8	250	Fr
G	25	Jean Selus	6-2	195	Sr.	0.2	0.0	0.2	1 steal
G	44	Kevin Berardini	6-0	175	r-So.	0.7	0.3	0.1	1 steal

Series Notes vs. Loyola-Chicago
Series Record: Illinois leads 11-3
Last Meeting:  Illinois 87, Loyola 72 (Dec. 29, 2001 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 8-0
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-8
Weber vs. Loyola: 0-0

Illini in Season Openers
Illinois opens its 107th season of men's basketball on Friday, including its 50th season at the Assembly Hall. The Fighting Illini have posted an all-time record of 93-13 (.877) in season openers and have won their last 12 openers. Illinois is 91-15 (.858) in home openers, including a 41-7 (.854) record in home openers at the Assembly Hall.

Broadcast Information
Friday's game vs. Loyola and Monday's game vs. SIU Edwardsville will be streamed live at and The streams are part of the Illini All-Access package, available through monthly or annual subscription. The Illini All-Access subscription includes all streaming events involving Illini athletics. The service is $9.95 per month and fans can sign-up at

The games will be televised tape-delay. The BTN is scheduled to air the Loyola game on Monday at 1:30 p.m., and BTN plans to air the SIU Edwardsville game on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Last Time Out: Exhibition Play
Illinois won a pair of exhibition games, defeating Wayne State (Neb.), 79-51, Nov. 1 and Quincy, 73-45, Nov. 7.

Meyers Leonard led the way for the Illini against Wayne State, scoring a team-high 18 points. He was one of four Illini to score in double figures, joined by Brandon Paul (16 points), D.J. Richardson (11) and Nnanna Egwu (10).

Richardson scored a game-high 17 points against Quincy, hitting four 3-pointers, while Leonard and Tracy Abrams also reached double digits, adding 10 points apiece.

Filling the Void
Illinois is looking to replace 69 percent of its scoring production from last season (1,665 of 2,413 points scored by non-returners). That's the highest percentage in 13 years, since the 1998-99 Illini lost 87.6 percent of points from the previous season (2,016 of 2,301 points scored by non-returners).

Illinois also is looking to replace its top three leading scorers for the first time since entering the 1998-99 season when the Illini had lost its top five leading scorers from the previous year.

New Roles, New Faces and New Outlook in 2011-12
Illinois will have quite a different look heading into the upcoming college basketball season. The Illini must replace four starters and five of its top seven scorers from a year ago. In fact, Illinois returns just 31 percent of its points, 21.3 percent of its rebounds and 33.5 percent of its minutes played from the 2010-11 campaign.

Illinois returns six scholarship players and eight letterwinners overall. Head Coach Bruce Weber also welcomes seven new players to the mix in what is one of the largest groups of newcomers he's had in his 33 years coaching.

Assembly Hall: The House of 'Paign
Illinois went 14-2 at the Assembly Hall last season, recording the team's best homecourt record in five years. The last time the Illini had fewer than two home losses was in 2006, the last of a seven-year run when the Illini either went undefeated or lost just one home game per season.

The Illini have put together one of the best homecourt records in the nation over the last 12 seasons, owning a record of 155-25 at The Hall. The Illini also are 104-23 (.819) at The Hall during Bruce Weber's tenure.

Weber Tops Distinguished Big Ten List
Illinois has won 193 games during coach Bruce Weber's tenure, averaging more than 24 wins per season over the last eight years. Weber's 193 victories are tied for the most in Big Ten history by a coach after his first eight years:

Rk.	Coach	        School, Years	        Wins
1.	Bruce Weber	Illinois, 2004-11	193
	Bo Ryan	        Wisconsin, 2002-09	193
3.	Tom Izzo	Michigan St, 1996-2003	189
4.	Bob Knight	Indiana, 1972-79	184
5.	Gene Keady	Purdue, 1981-88	        178
	Steve Fisher	Michigan, 1990-97	178