Mike Davis and the Illini take on Jackson State Sunday at 3 p.m. CT at the Assembly Hall. The game will be televised by the BTN.
Nov. 22, 2008
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #4: Illinois (3-0) vs. Jackson State (0-2)
Nov. 23, 2008 // 3 p.m. CT // BTN
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
BTN: Dave Revsine, play-by-play; Doug Altenberger, expert analyst.
Illini Sports Network-44 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate pregame/halftime/postgame interviews.
Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 15.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 15.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.7 apg, 1.3 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 12.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 2.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 1.7 apg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 4.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 ineligible due to transfer rules F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 1.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 234-101/.699 (11th year)
At Illinois: 131-47/.736 (6th year)
Big Ten: 53-29/.646
Vs. Jackson State: 1-0
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (8th year), Jay Price (6th year), Jerrance Howard (2nd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (6th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (1st year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (26th year at Illinois)
Jackson State Head Coach: Tevester Anderson
Overall Record: 180-139/.564 (11th year)
At Jackson State: 77-87/.470 (6th year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-1
Series Notes: Jackson State
This is the fourth meeting all-time between Illinois and Jackson State, all coming at the Assembly Hall. Illinois won the three previous match-ups, 85-81 on Dec. 11, 1992, 79-63 on Dec. 20, 1993 and 76-55 on Nov. 15, 2006.
Illini In The South Padre Island Invitational
Sunday's matchup with Jackson State is the second of four games Illinois will play as part of the South Padre Island Invitational. The UI defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Sunday in Champaign in its first game of the tournament. Following the Jackson State game, the Illini head to South Padre Island, Texas, for the final two games over Thanksgiving weekend (vs. Kent State on Friday and vs. Texas A&M or Tulsa on Saturday).
This year marks Illinois' second appearance in the South Padre Island Invitational. The Illini won the tournament in November 2005 with victories over Texas-Pan American, Texas Southern, Wichita State and Rutgers.
Last Time Out: At Vanderbilt
Illinois notched a big road win in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, defeating Vanderbilt 69-63. The Illini trailed 57-52 midway through the second half but outscored the Commodores 17-6 over the final 9:27 to pull out the victory. Trent Meacham and Chester Frazier each hit a pair of free throws during the closing seconds to seal it, in a night where the Illini were a perfect 11-for-11 from the line.
Demetri McCamey led the Illini with a season-high 23 points while Trent Meacham scored 14, as the duo combined for nine 3-pointers (McCamey 5, Meacham 4). Big men Mike Davis (11) and Mike Tisdale (14) also scored in double figures.
Illini Stand Alone With Win
With the victory at Vanderbilt, Illinois is the only team from a BCS conference (ACC/Big East/Big Ten/Big 12/Pac-10/SEC) that has won on the road against a BCS team so far this season.
Illini Win Fourth Consecutive Road Game Vs. SEC
Illinois' win at Vanderbilt extended its streak of consecutive victories vs. SEC opponents on the road to four. Prior to Thursday, it had been 19 years since the Illini's last trip to SEC territory. Here are the results from Illinois' last four games against SEC teams on their home floor:
Nov. 20, 2008 at Vanderbilt W, 69-63 Dec. 5, 1989 at Florida W, 74-69 Nov. 28, 1989 at Mississippi W, 83-72 Dec. 22, 1988 at LSU W, 127-100
Davis Records Back-To-Back Double-Doubles
Sophomore forward Mike Davis has been very productive to start the season, averaging a double-double. Davis is third on the Illini in scoring at 12.3 points per game and leads the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 10.3 boards.
Davis has posted double-doubles in each of his last two games. He notched career highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Sunday and most recently tallied 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds Thursday at Vanderbilt.
Davis is the first Illinois player to record consecutive double-doubles since last season when Brian Randle had three straight vs. Michigan (19 pts-10 reb on Jan. 16), at Purdue (15 pts-11 reb on Jan. 19) and at Ohio State (13 pts-10 reb on Jan. 22).
Meacham Comfortable With New 3-Point Line
It will be a while before the NCAA releases its first national statistical rankings, but it's doubtful that there are many players shooting it better from 3-point range so far than Illini senior Trent Meacham. Meacham is 10-for-15 from behind the arc on the young season, a torrid 66.7 percent.
Meacham made 3-of-4 threes in the opener vs. Eastern Washington, 3-of-5 treys vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and most recently connected on 4-of-6 from long distance at Vanderbilt.
Meacham ranks second on the Illini in scoring this season, averaging 15.3 points.
Frazier In Control
Chester Frazier is off to a great start to his senior season. Frazier leads the Illini and ranks second in the Big Ten in assists, registering 20 assists over the first three games for an average of 6.7 apg. And despite playing nearly 31 minutes per game, Frazier has totaled just three turnovers on the year, an excellent assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.7.
Assisting The Offense
Illinois' ball movement has been effective to start the season. The Illini are averaging 18 assists per game, ranking second in the Big Ten, and have recorded assists on 72 percent of its baskets (54 assists on 75 field goals). Here is a game-by-game look at Illinois' assists-to-field goals percentages this season:
Game A FG Pct. E. Washington 14 24 58.3 Texas A&M-CC 22 27 81.5 Vanderbilt 18 24 75 Total 54 75 72
Crashing the Boards
After losing its top two rebounders from last season in Shaun Pruitt and Brian Randle, rebounding was an area of concern for this year's squad. It has been a point of emphasis in every practice and the Illini are responding in games. Illinois has outrebounded all three opponents and ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding (41.0 rpg) and rebounding margin (+8.3 rpg). The Illini also lead the Big Ten in offensive rebounding, averaging 15 per game on the offensive glass.
Game ILL Reb. Opp. Reb. Margin E. Washington 40 33 +7 Texas A&M-CC 41 32 +9 Vanderbilt 42 33 +9 Average 41.0 32.7 +8.3
Converting at the Line
Illinois' struggles from the free throw line last season were well documented. This year's squad is hoping to convert more opportunities from the line, which in turn will help the squad in finishing close games. Illinois is off to a great start, shooting over 77 percent from the charity stripe to rank second in the Big Ten. The Illini were 13-of-16 from the foul line against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (81.3 percent) and on Thursday the UI tied a school record by shooting 100 percent from the line at Vanderbilt, making all 11 attempts. In that game, Trent Meacham made a pair with 19 seconds left to put the Illini up by four points, and Chester Frazier converted both with nine seconds left to make it a six-point advantage.
Notes From Vanderbilt
Demetri McCamey scored 23, the highest point total by an Illini on the young season. He made five 3-pointers including two in spectacular fashion, a halftime buzzer beater that gave the Illini a 36-35 lead, and one with the shot clock expiring off an inbounds play with 13:54 left that cut a five-point deficit to two.
Illinois outscored Vanderbilt 17-6 over the final 9:27 of the game to turn a 57-52 deficit into a 69-63 victory. During that closing stretch, the Commodores made just one basket.
Illinois owned a 28-13 rebounding advantage in the second half.
The Illini grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, its highest total since recording 21 last season vs. Loyola-MD (Dec. 28, 2007).
Chester Frazier dished out a game-high eight assists for the second straight contest. In 36 minutes against the Commodores, Frazier had eight assists and committed just one turnover.
Mike Tisdale pulled down a career-high seven rebounds.
Mike Davis logged a career-high 32 minutes.
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.