Brian Randle and the Illini open the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational by facing Arizona State Monday at 10:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Nov. 18, 2007
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Games #3-5: Illinois (2-0) at 24th Annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
Nov. 19-21, 2007 Lahaina, Hawaii Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
On the Air
ESPN2 - National: Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Bill Raftery & Jay Bilas, expert analysts.
Illini Sports Network - 45 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate, pregame/halftime/postgame interviews.
Illini Probable Starters
F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Sr, 6-8, 220, 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg)
F - 23 Rodney Alexander (Jr., 6-7, 225, 6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 spg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Sr., 6-10, 245, 13.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg)
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-Jr., 6-2, 195, 7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (Jr., 6-2, 190, 10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 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, 4.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg)
F - 24 Mike Davis (Fr., 6-9, 195, 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg)
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-Jr., 6-5, 195, 6.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.5 spg)
F - 30 Bill Cole (Fr., 6-9, 210, 3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
F - 32 Demetri McCamey (Fr., 6-3, 205, 6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
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, 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 217-82/.726 (10th year)
At Illinois: 114-28/.803 (5th year)
Big Ten: 48-16/.750
Vs. Arizona State: 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)
Arizona State Head Coach: Herb Sendek
Overall Record: 262-180/.593 (15th year)
At Arizona State: 8-22/.267 (2nd year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Mark Phelps, Scott Pera, Dedrique Taylor
Series Notes: Arizona State
This is the fourth meeting between Illinois and Arizona State, with the Illini owning a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. Here are the past results between the two programs heading into Monday's game.
Jan. 25, 1964 Illinois 97, Arizona State 78 (Chicago)
Dec. 14, 1974 Arizona State 91, Illinois 69 (Tempe)
Dec. 18, 1976 Illinois 80, Arizona State 74 (Champaign)
Illini Continue Trip Through the Islands
Illinois is currently on a 9-day trip to the Hawaiian Islands. The Illini traveled to Chicago Tuesday night and departed Wednesday morning, arriving in Honolulu Wednesday afternoon. Following the 79-77 victory over Hawaii Friday night, Illinois then traveled to Maui Saturday morning in preparation for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. 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.
Illini in Maui
Illinois is making its third appearance in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, and its first under Head Coach Bruce Weber. The Illini own an all-time record of 4-2 at the Maui Invite, finishing second in 2000 and third in 1987. Here are Illinois' all-time results at the Maui Invitational:
Nov. 27, 1987 Illinois 73, Baylor 50
Nov. 28, 1987 Villanova 78, Illinois 76
Nov. 29, 1987 Illinois 81, #7 Kansas 75
Nov. 20, 2000 #8 Illinois 74, UNLV 69
Nov. 21, 2000 #8 Illinois 90, #6 Maryland 80
Nov. 22, 2000 #1 Arizona 79, #8 Illinois 76
Illini Winners of Four Straight In-Season Tourneys
Illinois hopes to extend its current streak of four consecutive regular-season tournament titles at the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Here is a list of the last four tournaments the Illini won heading into this week:
2001 Las Vegas Invitational
2004 Las Vegas Holiday Classic
2005 South Padre Island Invitational
2006 Chicago Invitational Challenge
The last time Illinois did not win a regular season tournament was the 2000 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational when the Illini fell to Arizona in the championship game.
Last Time Out: At Hawaii
Illinois earned its first road victory of the young season with a 79-77 win at Hawaii Friday night in Honolulu.
Illinois trailed 42-36 at halftime and found itself down by as many as 13 points midway through the second half. Down 64-53 at the 11-minute mark, the Illini went on a game-changing run, scoring 14 unanswered points to take a 67-64 lead with six minutes left.
Hawaii retook the lead and owned a 77-75 advantage with two minutes remaining. Shaun Pruitt tied the game on a turnaround bucket in the lane and the Illini defense then forced a missed shot, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.
With the clock winding down, Chester Frazier penetrated and found Calvin Brock in the corner, who drove in from the baseline and scored an uncontested layup to put the Illini up by two with five seconds left. Hawaii inbounded the ball and heaved a pass up court that was intercepted by Steve Holdren to end the game.
Frazier led the Illini with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds in 39 minutes. Four other Illini joined Frazier in double figures. Pruitt had 15 points, Randle totaled 12, Brock had 11 and Demetri McCamey scored 10 off the bench on 5-7 shooting.
Through Two Games...
Shaun Pruitt is averaging a double-double with 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds.
Frazier has played 72 of 80 minutes.
Frazier is second on the team in rebounding at 6.0 rpg.
Randle is shooting 60 percent from the field (12-20).
Demetri McCamey is shooting 54.5 percent (6-11).
Illinois is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 9.5 rpg (44.5-35.0).
Illinois is averaging 27.5 offensive rebounds per game.
Illinois' defense is holding opponents to 37.4 percent shooting from the field (46-123) and 27.3 percent from 3-point range (9-33).
Notes from the Hawaii Game
The win after trailing by 13 points marked Illinois' first come-from-behind win from a double-digit deficit since the Illini trailed Miami-Ohio last season by 16 points before pulling out a 51-49 victory.
Frazier's 19-point effort marked the second-highest output of his career, behind only his career best of 21 points set last season vs. Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.
It marked the fourth time in his career that Frazier led the Illini in scoring, and was his 13th career game reaching double figures.
Frazier was also the team's top rebounder with 9 boards, the third-highest total of his career and the eighth time in his career that he was the UI's leading rebounder.
Calvin Brock scored 11 points, his first game in double figures scoring 11 vs. IUPUI last season.
Shaun Pruitt had a season-high 15 points and tied his career high with nine made free throws.
The 79 points were Illinois' most since scoring 87 vs. IUPUI last season (Dec. 6, 2006).
Illinois also had five players score in double figures for the first time since the IUPUI game.
Illinois held just a 19-18 edge in rebounding at halftime but ended up outrebounding Hawaii 42-28 for the game (23-10 advantage in the second half).
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, click on the .pdf link at the top of this page.