Illini returns to action Wednesday, hosting Jackson State at 7 p.m.
Nov. 14, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #2: Illinois (1-0) vs. Jackson State (0-2)
Nov. 15, 2006 7 p.m. CT Champaign, Ill. Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
Illini Sports Network - 47 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate pregame/halftime/ postgame interviews.
Illini Probable Starters
F - 41 Warren Carter (Sr., 6-9, 220, 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 bpg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Jr., 6-10, 245, 13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-So., 6-5, 195, 6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-So., 6-2, 195, 8.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (So., 6-2, 190, 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 8.0 apg)
Off the Bench
G - 2 Chris Hicks (Jr., 6-2, 190, 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
C - 21 Brian Carlwell (Fr., 6-11, 265, 5.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
G - 31 Jamar Smith (So., 6-3, 185, 19.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
G - 33 Rich McBride (Sr., 6-3, 205, 10.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.1 apg in 2005-06)
F - 34 C.J. Jackson (r-Fr., 6-8, 260, 2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Jr, 6-8, 220, 7.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
F - 44 Marcus Arnold (r-Sr., 6-8, 245, 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (Fr., 6-9, 230, 3.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 193-70/.734 (9th year)
At Illinois: 90-16/.849 (4th year)
Big Ten: 39-9/.813
Vs. Jackson State: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (6th year), Jay Price (4th year), Tracy Webster (3rd year)
Assistant to the head coach: Gary Nottingham (4th year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (24th year at Illinois)
Jackson State Head Coach: Tevester Anderson
Overall Record: 145-105/.580 (9th year)
At Jackson State: 42-53/.442 (4th year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Eric Strothers, Anthony Boone
Series Notes: Jackson State
This is the third all-time meeting between Illinois and Jackson State, all coming at the Assembly Hall. Illinois won both previous match-ups, 85-81 on Dec. 11, 1992 and 79-63 on Dec. 20, 1993.
Illini Own Nation's Longest Non-Conference Homecourt Winning Streak
Illinois' victory over Austin Peay on Monday marked its 47th consecutive win at the Assembly Hall over a non-conference opponent. That run is tied with Oklahoma for the longest active non-conference homecourt winning streak in the nation. Illinois will have a chance to move into sole possession of first on that list on Wednesday vs. Jackson State, as Oklahoma next plays at home on Thursday vs. Liberty.
Last Time Out: Austin Peay
Illinois dominated Austin Peay 80-35 in Monday's Season opener at the Assembly Hall. The Illini shot 53.6 percent on the night (30-56), connected on 50 percent from 3-point range (8-16) and outrebounded the Governors 42-24.
Illinois' defense was stifling, holding Austin Peay to just 35 points, the second-lowest scoring total in Assembly Hall history, and to 13 baskets, tying the second-fewest field goals in Assembly Hall history. Austin Peay turned the ball over 25 times and made just 27.7 percent from the field (13-47).
Illinois' 45-point win was its largest margin of victory in seven years, since defeating Bethune-Cookman by 50 points (97-47) on Dec. 28, 1999.
Shorthanded on the Perimeter
The Illini backcourt is currently operating without three key players. Junior Brian Randle missed over a week of practice due to a strained muscle in the upper groin/abdomen area. He sat out the two exhibition games and then started Monday's season opener. Randle played only nine minutes in the first half and has been sidelined again by the injury. His return is being listed at week-to-week.
Sophomore Jamar Smith was on pace for a career night against Austin Peay, with 19 points on 7-10 shooting, when he was injured early in the second half and missed the rest of the game. Smith has a high ankle sprain and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
Senior Rich McBride, meanwhile, is serving a suspension until the Savannah State game on Nov. 21.
Tickets Still Available as Illini Hope to Extend Consecutive Sell-Out Streak at Assembly Hall
Fans still have an opportunity to purchase tickets to see the Illini in action at the Assembly Hall this season.
There are approximately 2,000 tickets available for Illinois' game vs. Savannah State on Tuesday, Nov. 21. There are also a few hundred tickets remaining for games vs. Jackson State on Wednesday, Florida A&M on Sunday, IUPUI on Dec. 6 and Idaho State on Dec. 21.
Illinois enters the Jackson State game with an active school-record streak of 29 consecutive sell-out crowds at The Hall. That streak will be on the line against Savannah State next Tuesday.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fightingillini.com, by phone at 1-866-ILLINI-1 or in person at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in the Assembly Hall North Box Office.
A New Look
Illinois unveiled a new starting lineup against Austin Peay for the first time since Dec. 18, 2005. The former unit of Dee Brown, James Augustine, Rich McBride, Brian Randle and Shaun Pruitt started the final 22 games of the 2005-06 season. The Illini also had a new player - Warren Carter - jumping the opening tip for the first time since Dec. 7, 2002. James Augustine jumped center for the final 132 games of his career.
Top 25 Streak Snapped
Illinois received votes in the preseason Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, snapping the UI's streak of 45 straight weeks ranked in the Coaches Poll (2/24/04-4/4/06) and 42 straight weeks ranked in the AP Poll (2/24/04-3/14/06).
The Illini are still receiving votes in the most recent polls, released on Nov. 13.
Randle Preseason Wooden Award Candidate
Junior Brian Randle is one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 Wooden Award All-America Team. Randle started 32 games last season, ranking fourth on the team in scoring (8.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.4 rpg). He shot 52 percent from the field on the year and earned a reputation as the Illini's top defender, garnering Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors. Randle is one of five Big Ten players on the list.
This marks the seventh straight year that an Illinois player has been named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list.
Randle opened the season with seven points and two steals vs. Austin Peay. He played only nine minutes against the Governors, all coming in the first half.
Assembly Hall: The House of 'Paign
Illinois owns the best homecourt record (ranked by winning percentage) in the nation over the last four-plus years at 57-2 (.966). The Illini are 94-4 (.959) at the Assembly Hall over the past seven-plus years, which ranks second in the nation for homecourt winning percentage this decade behind only Gonzaga.
The Illini also carry a winning streak of 47 in a row at the Assembly Hall against non-conference opponents into Wednesday's game vs. Jackson State. That run is tied with Oklahoma for the longest non-conference homecourt winning streak in the country (Oklahoma's next home game is Nov. 16).
Below is a look at Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall this decade:
Year Overall Big Ten 2006-07 1-0 0-0 2005-06 15-1 7-1 2004-05 15-0 8-0 2003-04 12-1 7-1 2002-03 14-0 7-0 2001-02 13-1 7-1 2000-01 12-0 8-0 1999-2000 12-1 7-1 Total 94-4 (.959) 51-4 (.927)
Illini By the Numbers Under Weber
Illinois has been a consistent winner under Bruce Weber, a tenure that spans the most successful period in school history. The following is a breakdown of Illinois' success under Weber:
90-16: Illinois' overall record under Weber, a winning percentage of .849.
43-2: Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of .956.
37-2: Illinois' record in 2004-05, which tied the record for the winningest season in NCAA history.
26-7: Illinois' record last season as well as Weber's first season (2003-04), which tie the fourth-winningest season in school history.
39-9: Illinois' record in Big Ten play under Weber - which incudes back-to-back outright championships in 2004 and 2005 - a winning percentage of .813.
77-11: Illinois' record in regular season games under Weber, a winning percentage of .875.
20-7: Illinois' record in road games under Weber, a winning percentage of .741.
26-6: Illinois' record in neutral-site games under Weber, a winning percentage of .813.
8-3: Illinois' NCAA Tournament record under Weber - which includes a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2004 and the program's first-ever appearance in the national championship game in 2005 - a winning percentage of .727.
5-2: Illinois' Big Ten Tournament record under Weber - which includes the 2005 tournament title - a winning percentage of .714.
13-5: Illinois' combined postseason record under Weber, a winning percentage of .722.
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.