Calvin Brock and the Illini host Georgia Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall. The game will be televised by ESPN+ Local.
Nov. 16, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #3: Illinois (2-0) vs. Georgia Southern (1-1)
Nov. 17, 2006 7 p.m. CT ESPN+ Local
Champaign, Ill. Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
ESPN+ Local: Eric Collins, play-by-play; Doug Altenberger, expert analyst.
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, 11.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 bpg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Jr., 6-10, 245, 14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-So., 6-5, 195, 10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-So., 6-2, 195, 8.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 apg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (So., 6-2, 190, 10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 8.5 apg, 1.5 spg)
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, 4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg)
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, 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (Fr., 6-9, 230, 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 194-70/.735 (9th year)
At Illinois: 91-16/.850 (4th year)
Big Ten: 39-9/.813
Vs. Georgia Southern: 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)
Georgia Southern Head Coach: Jeff Price
Overall Record: 259-126/.673 (14th year)
At Georgia Southern: 123-84/.594 (8th year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Carl Nash, Elwyn McRoy, Nolan Myrick
Series Notes: Georgia Southern
This is the third all-time meeting between Illinois and Georgia Southern, all coming at the Assembly Hall. Illinois won both previous match-ups, 85-67 on Dec. 8, 1990 and 82-53 on Nov. 21, 1997.
Illini Own Nation's Longest Non-Conference Homecourt Winning Streak
The victory over Jackson State on Wednesday marked Illinois' 48th consecutive win at the Assembly Hall over a non-conference opponent. That ranks as the longest active non-conference homecourt winning streak in the nation. Illinois leads Oklahoma on the national list by one victory, with the Sooners next home game on Thursday vs. Liberty.
Last Time Out: Jackson State
Illinois fought back from an early 14-point deficit to defeat Jackson State 76-55 on Wednesday. The Illini fell behind 18-4 less than six minutes into the game and still trailed by 12 with five minutes left in the first half. That's when Illinois made its run, outscoring the Tigers 15-3 over the next five minutes to tie the game at 34-all at halftime. The Illini kept the momentum after the break, doubling up Jackson State in scoring in the second half, 42-21.
The Illini shot 55.8 percent on the night, highlighted by 17-23 shooting (73.9 percent) after intermission. Illinois also held a commanding advantage on the glass for the second consecutive game, outrebounding the Tigers 41-30.
Warren Carter posted career highs of 16 points and 15 rebounds to record the first double-double of his career. Chester Frazier and Calvin Brock had 14 points apiece, each registering career highs, and Pruitt also finished in double figures with 15 points.
Illinois' guard trio combined for 118 of a possible 120 minutes on the night, with Frazier and Trent Meacham each logging 40 minutes and Brock playing 38. Frazier had a career-high nine assists while Meacham added six assists.
Notes from Austin Peay
Illinois dominated Austin Peay 80-35 in Monday's season opener at the Assembly Hall ... The Illini 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 ... 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.
Illini Through Two Games...
Five players are averaging in double figures, led by Jamar Smith at 19.0 ppg and followed by Shaun Pruitt (14.0), Warren Carter (11.0), Chester Frazier (10.5) and Calvin Brock (10.0).
Warren Carter is nearly averaging a double-double with 11.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. He had his first career double-double Wednesday vs. Jackson State with career bests of 16 points and 15 rebounds. Carter's 15 boards are the most by a Big Ten player to start the season.
Chester Frazier is averaging 36.0 minutes per game, playing 72 of a possible 80 minutes. He is also averaging 8.5 assists.
Illinois leads the Big Ten in three categories: scoring margin (+33.0 ppg), scoring defense (45.0 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.200).
The Illini rank second in the Big Ten in six categories: field goal percentage (.546), 3-point field goal percentage (.484), field goal percentage defense (.296), rebounds (41.5 rpg), rebounding margin (+14.5 rpg), and offensive rebounds (14.5 rpg).
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 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 3-4 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 next Tuesday. There are also a few hundred tickets remaining for games vs. Florida A&M on Sunday, IUPUI on Dec. 6 and Idaho State on Dec. 21.
Illinois enters the Georgia Southern game with an active school-record streak of 30 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.
Illinois has started different lineups in its two games to open the 2006-07 season. That is quite a contrast from last year, when the Illini used the same starting five for 32 of 33 games (Brown, McBride, Randle, Augustine and Pruitt), and in 2004-05, when Illinois featured the same lineup for all 39 games (Deron Williams, Brown, Luther Head, Roger Powell and Augustine).
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.