Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Maryland

 
Calvin Brock, who earned all-tournament team honors at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, and the Illini travel to Maryland for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN2.
Calvin Brock, who earned all-tournament team honors at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, and the Illini travel to Maryland for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN2.
 

Nov. 27, 2007

Champaign, Ill. -

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FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #6: Illinois (4-1) at Maryland (4-2) • 9th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Nov. 28, 2007 • 7:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm CT • ESPN2
College Park, Md. • Comcast Center (17,950)

On the Air
TV

ESPN2 ­- National: Mike Patrick, play-by-play; Len Elmore, expert analyst.

Radio
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, 11.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg) -OR-
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-Jr., 6-5, 195, 8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 spg)
F - 23 Rodney Alexander (Jr., 6-7, 225, 8.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Sr., 6-10, 245, 11.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg)
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-Jr., 6-5, 195, 8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 spg) -OR-
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-Jr., 6-2, 195, 8.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.8 apg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (Jr., 6-2, 190, 8.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg)

Off the Bench
G - 2 Chris Hicks (Sr., 6-2, 190, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
G - 13 Jeff Jordan (Fr., 6-1, 185, 0.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg)
G - 22 Steve Holdren (r-Jr., 6-5, 200, 1.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
F - 24 Mike Davis (Fr., 6-9, 195, 1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg)
F - 30 Bill Cole (Fr., 6-9, 210, 2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
F - 32 Demetri McCamey (Fr., 6-3, 205, 4.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 apg)
C - 33 Brian Carlwell (So., 6-11, 265, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (r-Fr., 6-9, 235, 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg)
C - 54 Mike Tisdale (Fr., 7-1, 215, 3.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 219-83/.725 (10th year)
At Illinois: 116-29/.800 (5th year)
Big Ten: 48-16/.750
Vs. Maryland: 0-1
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)

Maryland Head Coach: Gary Williams
Overall Record: 589-330/.641 (30th year)
At Maryland: 382-202/.654 (19th year)
Vs. Illinois All-Time: 5-6

Series Notes: Maryland
Wednesday marks the seventh meeting between Illinois and Maryland, with the Terrapins holding a 4-2 edge in the all-time series. The last time the two teams met was at last year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge, a 72-66 Maryland victory in Champaign. The Illini's last win in the series was at the 2000 Maui Invitational when they defeated Maryland 90-80 in the Semifinal.

This is the first match-up between the two schools at the Comcast Center. Illinois is 0-1 at College Park, falling to the Terrapins 76-63 at Cole Field House in the 2001 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge Schedule
Here are the match-ups for this year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge (all times listed are Central):

Monday, Nov. 26
Wake Forest 56, Iowa 47

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Georgia Tech at Indiana 6 pm ESPN
Northwestern at Virginia 6 pm ESPNU
Minnesota at Florida State 6:30 pm ESPN2
Wisconsin at Duke 8 pm ESPN
Purdue at Clemson 8:30 pm ESPN2

Wednesday, Nov. 28
N.C. State at Michigan State 6 pm ESPN
Boston College at Michigan 6 pm ESPNU
Illinois at Maryland 6:30 pm ESPN2
North Carolina at Ohio State 8 pm ESPN
Virginia Tech at Penn State 8:30 pm ESPN2

Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge is now in its ninth year of existence ... Illinois is 3-5 all-time in the Challenge, with victories three of the past five years ... Illinois' opponent in the Challenge has twice gone on to win the NCAA Championship (Duke in 2000-01 and Maryland in 2001-02) ... This is the second time Illinois is playing at Maryland in the Challenge. The first time was was on Nov. 27, 2001, when No. 5 Maryland defeated No. 2 Illinois 76-63 at Cole Field House ... This year marks just the second time in the history of the Challenge that Illinois has not been ranked in the Top 25 (the Illini are receiving votes in the current poll) ... Illinois' opponent has been ranked seven of nine times, with the only unranked opponents North Carolina in 2005 (although UNC moved into the polls the week after Illinois' victory over the Tar Heels) and Maryland this season ... Illinois has twice played a No. 1-ranked team in the Challenge. Illinois fell to No. 1 Duke at Greensboro, N.C. in 2000 and defeated No. 1 Wake Forest in 2004.

Road Odyssey Continues
Following its 9-day trip to the Hawaiian Islands, Illinois heads to the East Coast to take on Maryland Wednesday night. Illinois opened the season with a home win over Northeastern on Nov. 11, and is now concluding a stretch of playing five consecutive games over a period of 19 days away from the Assembly Hall. Illinois returns to The Hall on Saturday, facing Weber State. In all, the Illini will cover a total of 10,170 miles during this road stand:

Maryland Game a Homecoming for Two Illini
The battle over tickets for Wednesday's game at Maryland has been intense between two players on the UI roster who are returning home. Junior guard Chester Frazier is a Baltimore native and attended Lake Clifton-Eastern High School. Freshman forward Mike Davis is also from the area. Davis resides in Alexandria, Va. and attended T.C. Williams High School.

Illini Already Building Resume
With the month of November not even in the books yet, the Illini have already notched some key wins during non-conference play that could pay dividends in March. Illinois is the only team in the Big Ten with both a road win and two wins over opponents from BCS conferences. The Illini won at Hawaii and defeated Arizona State of the Pac-10 and Oklahoma State of the Big XII. Through Nov. 26, Minnesota was the only other Big Ten team with a road win (at Iowa State), while Wisconsin was the only other conference team with two wins over BCS opponents (Colorado-Big XII and Georgia-SEC).

Last Time Out: Illini Finish Third at Maui Invite
Illinois finished third at the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Illini rolled past Arizona State 77-54 in the opening round, behind career-high totals of 17 points apiece from Brian Randle and Rodney Alexander. Illinois fell to No. 13 Duke 79-66 in the semifinal, as Brian Randle again led the UI with 16 points. Trent Meacham then came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points as the Illini won the third-place game with a 65-49 victory over Oklahoma State.

Brock Named to Maui Invite All-Tourney Team
Junior Calvin Brock was named to the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds during the tournament in just over 21 minutes per game. Brock came off the bench to record a season-high 14 points vs. Duke, which was also the second-highest scoring output of his career. He earned his first start of the season the following day vs. Oklahoma State and scored in double figures again with 12 points on 5-7 shooting while pulling down a game-high eight boards. He shot 50 percent (11-22) on the week and also led the Illini with five steals.

Randle More Aggressive on Offense
Senior and three-year starter Brian Randle is averaging double figures in scoring for the first time in his career. Randle leads the Illini with an average of 11.8 points and reached double figures in each of the first four games this year, a career-best streak, before it came to an end vs. Oklahoma State when he left due to injury just seven minutes into the game. Randle had 14 points in the opener vs. Northeastern, 12 points at Hawaii, a career-high 17 points vs. Arizona State and 16 points vs. Duke. Randle is shooting over 58 percent from the field (25-43) and is also averaging 4.4 rebounds on the season.

Pruitt a Force Inside
Illinois has one of the top post players in the Big Ten in senior and three-year starting center Shaun Pruitt. A preseason All-Big Ten selection, Pruitt is second on the Illini in scoring, averaging 11.2 points, and leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 rpg. Pruitt has scored at least nine points in all five games this season, with a season-high 15 points at Hawaii, 12 vs. Northeastern, 11 vs. Duke and nine each vs. Arizona State and Oklahoma State. Pruitt has 10 career double-doubles including one this season, when he pulled down a career-high 17 boards to go along with his 12 points vs. Northeastern in the opener. It marked the highest rebounding total by an Illini player in eight seasons, since Sergio McClain had 18 rebounds at Michigan on Jan. 16, 2000.

Frazier Does It All
Point guard Chester Frazier has earned a reputation for his relentless play and ability to impact the game in all areas. Leading the team in playing time at nearly 33 minutes per contest, Frazier is third on the squad in scoring (8.4 ppg), and ranks second on the Illini in assists (13) and steals (5). Despite standing 6-2, Frazier also is second in rebounding behind Pruitt with an average of 6.2 rpg. Frazier has twice grabbed a season-high nine rebounds, against Hawaii and Duke, and tallied eight boards in his last outing vs. Oklahoma State.

*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on the .pdf link at the top of this page.

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