Illinois Game Notes vs. Florida A&M
Nov. 18, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
On the Air
Illini Probable Starters
Off the Bench
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Florida A&M Head Coach: Mike Gillespie Sr.
Series Notes: Florida A&M
Illini Own Nation's Longest Non-Conference Homecourt Winning Streak
Randle Out 4-6 Weeks Following Surgery
Last Time Out: Georgia Southern
Illinois' defense was again suffocating, holding Georgia Southern to 34.6 percent shooting (18-52), the third straight Illini opponent to shoot under 35 percent. Illinois forced 27 GSU turnovers and outrebounded the Eagles 38-31.
Notes from Jackson State
Notes from Austin Peay
Brock Stepping Up
Brock, who totaled 23 points all of last season as a redshirt freshman, has already scored 37 points this year, 31 of which have been in the last two games.
Meacham scored eight points off the bench in Illinois' opener vs. Austin Peay on Monday. After an injury to Jamar Smith, Meacham found himself in the starting lineup just two days later, playing all 40 minutes vs. Jackson State, scoring eight points with a career-high six assists. Meacham then led Illinois against Georgia Southern, scoring a career-high 19 points in 36 minutes.
Meacham ranks third on the Illini in scoring, averaging 11.7 points on the year, is second on the team with 10 assists, and is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (7-14) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (10-12).
Illini Through Three Games...
Warren Carter, who averaged 1.9 rebounds over the first three years of his career, leads the Illini on the glass this season, averaging 7.0 rpg. 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 6.3 assists through three games. He had a career-high nine assists vs. Jackson State on Wednesday.
Illinois is holding its opponents to an average of just 46.7 points on 31.3 percent shooting and 21.8 percent from 3-point range. No opponent has scored more than 55 points, while all three opponents have shot under 35 percent from the field and under 30 percent from 3-point land.
Illinois is averaging 80.3 points and is outscoring its opponent by an average of 33.7 points.
Illinois has shot better than 50 percent in two of its three games and is shooting 51.9 percent on the season. Illinois has shot better than 45 percent from 3-point range in all three games and is shooting 47.9 percent from behind the arc on the season.
Illinois has outrebounded all three opponents and is outrebounding its opponent by an average of 12.0 boards.
Shorthanded on the Perimeter
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
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 Florida A&M game with an active school-record streak of 31 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.
Assembly Hall: The House of 'Paign
The Illini also carry a winning streak of 49 in a row at the Assembly Hall against non-conference opponents into Sunday's game vs. Florida A&M. That ranks as the longest non-conference homecourt winning streak in the nation, leading Oklahoma by one win (OU's next home game is Dec. 2).
Below is a look at Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall this decade:
Year Overall Big Ten 2006-07 3-0 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 96-4 (.960) 51-4 (.927)
Illini By the Numbers Under Weber
92-16: Illinois' overall record under Weber, a winning percentage of .852.
45-2: Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of .957.
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.
79-11: Illinois' record in regular season games under Weber, a winning percentage of .878.
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.