Senior Shaun Pruitt and the Illini travel to Honolulu to take on Hawaii on Friday night at Midnight CT.
Nov. 13, 2007
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #2: Illinois (1-0) at Hawaii (0-1) Friday, Nov. 16, 2007
8 p.m. HT / Midnight CT Honolulu, Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center (10,300)
On the Air
KFVE Ch. 5 (Televised in Hawaii Only): Jim Leahey, play-by-play; Artie Wilson, expert analyst.
Illini Sports Network - 45 stations: Steve Kelly, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst.
Illini Probable Starters
F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Sr, 6-8, 220, 14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg)
F - 23 Rodney Alexander (Jr., 6-7, 225, 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 spg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Sr., 6-10, 245, 12.0 ppg, 17.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 bpg)
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-Jr., 6-2, 195, 9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.0 spg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (Jr., 6-2, 190, 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.0 spg)
Off the Bench
G - 2 Chris Hicks (Sr., 6-2, 190)
G - 13 Jeff Jordan (Fr., 6-1, 185, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
G - 22 Steve Holdren (r-Jr., 6-5, 200, 7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg)
F - 24 Mike Davis (Fr., 6-9, 195, 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-Jr., 6-5, 195, 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 2.0 spg)
F - 30 Bill Cole (Fr., 6-9, 210, 6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F - 32 Demetri McCamey (Fr., 6-3, 205, 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg)
C - 33 Brian Carlwell (So., 6-11, 265)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (r-Fr., 6-9, 235)
C - 54 Mike Tisdale (Fr., 7-1, 215, 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 216-82/.725 (10th year)
At Illinois: 113-28/.801 (5th year)
Big Ten: 48-16/.750
Vs. Hawaii: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (7th year), Jay Price (5th year), Jerrance Howard (1st year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (5th year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (25th year at Illinois)
Hawaii Head Coach: Bob Nash
Overall Record: 0-1/.000 (1st year)
At Hawaii: Same
Vs. Illinois: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Jackson Wheeler, Larry Farmer, Eran Ganot
Series Notes: Hawaii
Illinois is 4-0 vs. Hawaii, with three of those four wins coming in Honolulu. Here are the all-time scores between the two programs heading into Friday night's game:
Dec. 30, 1979 Illinois 94, Hawaii 82 (Honolulu)
Dec. 30, 1988 Illinois 96, Hawaii 87 (Honolulu)
Dec. 6, 1991 Illinois 69, Hawaii 64 (Champaign)
Dec. 29, 1995 Illinois 82, Hawaii 81 (Honolulu)
Illini Head to the Islands
Following the season opening win over Northeastern, Illinois now embarks on a 9-day trip to Hawaii. After traveling to Chicago Tuesday night, the Illini depart Wednesday morning and will arrive in Honolulu Wednesday afternoon. Illinois faces Hawaii Friday evening and will then move on to Maui Saturday morning for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, which will be held Nov. 19-21. The Illini are scheduled to leave Maui on Thanksgiving day and will land in Chicago Friday morning, Nov. 23, and then bus back to Champaign.
Last Time Out: Northeastern
Illinois won its ninth consecutive season opener, defeating Northeastern 63-55 Sunday at the Assembly Hall. Illinois led just 22-19 at halftime but scored the first 10 points after intermission to open up a double figures advantage that held until the final minute. The Illini defense held Northeastern to just 29 percent shooting (18-62), including 3-20 from 3-point range. Illinois shot 43 percent and outrebounded the Huskies 47-42.
Notes from the Northeastern Game
Shaun Pruitt opened the season with his 10th career double-double, recording 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Pruitt had nine double-doubles last season, ranking second in the Big Ten behind former Ohio State center Greg Oden.
Pruitt's 17 rebounds not only marked his career best, it was also the top rebounding performance by an Illini play in eight seasons, since Sergio McClain had 18 boards at Michigan on Jan. 16, 2000.
Brian Randle had a team-best 14 points, becoming Illinois' leading scorer in a game for just the second time in his career. He also finished two points away from equaling his career high of 16 points.
Illinois played six newcomers in the game: juniors Rodney Alexander and Steve Holdren and freshmen Bill Cole, Mike Tisdale, Jeff Jordan and Mike Davis. Four of those newcomers entered the scoring column, with the Illini newcomers combining for 24 points (Alexander-9, Holdren-7, Cole-6, McCamey-2).
18 of Illinois' 26 field goals were either dunks (7) or layups (11).
Senior Shaun Pruitt is the Illini's leading returning scorer and rebounder. A third-team All-Big Ten selection last year and a preseason first-team All-Big Ten honoree this season, Pruitt was second on the team in scoring in 2006-07 (11.4 ppg) and led the Illini and ranked third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.5 rpg). Pruitt also ranked fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.549) and was second in the league with nine double-doubles on the year. He was the only Illini player to start all 35 games last season and enters Friday's game at Hawaii with an active streak of 69 consecutive starts.
Junior Chester Frazier was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team last season. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while ranking fourth in the conference in assists (4.5 apg) and sixth in the league steals (1.5 spg).
Senior Brian Randle missed nearly one-third of the season last year due to a number of injuries. In 23 starts, he averaged 7.4 points and was third on the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg).
Illinois welcomes a number of new faces to the program this season. In fact, Illini coach Bruce Weber believes it is the largest group of newcomers he has ever had as he begins his 29th year coaching college basketball. There are six new players on campus this year: guards Demetri McCamey and Jeff Jordan, forwards Rodney Alexander, Bill Cole and Mike Davis, and center Mike Tisdale. In addition, junior Steve Holdren is now eligible after sitting out last season as a transfer, and freshman Richard Semrau has rejoined the active roster after taking a medical redshirt last season.
Illinois is happy to having a healthy and deep roster after a number of injuries took its toll on last season's squad. Six different players combined to miss a total of 58 games due to injury in 2006-07.
Illinois ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense last year, allowing an average of just 57.1 points on the season. The Illini also ranked 21st in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.402) and 29th in rebounding margin (+5.2 rpg).
In conference games, Illinois led the Big Ten in scoring defense (55.8) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.286), while ranking third in field goal percentage defense (.404).
Illini Nation's Winningest Team Over Last Four Years
Illinois won a total of 112 games during Bruce Weber's first four years in Champaign. The Illini are the winningest team in the nation over the last four years, tied with Duke and Florida. Illinois recorded 26 wins in 2003-04, an NCAA record-tying 37 victories in 2004-05, 26 wins in 2005-06 and 23 wins last season. The following ranking is the Top 10 teams in the NCAA by total wins over the last four years, entering the 2007-08 season:
School Wins T1. ILLINOIS 113 T1. Duke 113 T1. Florida 112 4. Memphis 110 T5. Gonzaga 106 T5. Nevada 106 T5. North Carolina 106 T8. Kansas 105 T8. Pittsburgh 105 T10. Connecticut 103 T10. Southern Illinois 103
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.