Illinois Game Notes vs. Arizona
Nov. 30, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Illini Probable Starters
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Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Arizona Head Coach: Lute Olson
Series Notes: Arizona
This marks the second meeting between the programs in Phoenix, with Arizona previously defeating Illinois 87-82 on Dec. 4, 2001. The teams met three times during the 2000-01 season, with Illinois winning 81-73 at Chicago's United Center (Dec. 16, 2000) and Arizona winning 87-81 in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final at the Alamodome in San Antonio (March 25, 2001) and 79-76 in the Maui Invitational Championship (Nov. 22, 2000).
Weber Goes for 200th Win
A Look Back at the Last Illinois-Arizona Game: Illini Comeback One for the Ages
3:50 - Deron Williams 3-pointer (63-75) 3:26 - Two free throws by UA's Jawann McClellan (63-77) 3:14 - Luther Head 3-pointer (66-77) 2:43 - Dee Brown offensive rebound basket (68-77) 1:18 - Luther Head steal and layup (70-77) 1:15 - One of two free throws by UA's Jawann McClellan (70-78) 1:08 - Deron Williams layup (72-78) 1:03 - Two free throws by UA's Mustafa Shakur (72-80) 0:54 - Luther Head 3-pointer (75-80) 0:45 - Dee Brown steal and layup (77-80) 0:39 - Jack Ingram steal and Deron Williams 3-pointer (80-80)
Illinois then took over in overtime, jumping out to a 90-84 lead after a layup by Roger Powell, a 3-pointer by Williams and steal and layup by Head. The Wildcats later cut it to one and had the game's final possession, but Williams played solid defensive on Hassan Addams, who was forced to throw up a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer that missed.
Returning Players from Last UI-UA Meeting
Arizona, meanwhile, returns four players who appeared in the game. Ivan Radenovic had 13 points, five rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes, Mustafa Shakur had 12 points and four assists in 37 minutes, Jawann McClellan had 10 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes and Kirk Walters played one minute.
Pair of Illini Streaks Ended
Last Time Out: Maryland
Maryland led by as many as 15 points in the first half at 29-14 with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining. The Illini cut the lead to five by halftime and then pulled ahead midway through the second half. Illinois led 48-43, but Maryland tied it at 55 with five minutes remaining. That's when the Terps pulled away away for the victory, outscoring the Illini 17-11 down the stretch.
The Illini big men led the way against Maryland as Shaun Pruitt and Warren Carter each recorded double-doubles. Pruitt totaled career highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Carter scored 13 and added 11 boards. Calvin Brock also reached double figures with 11 points.
Illini Take Chicago Invitational Challenge Title
Illinois trailed Miami (OH) on Friday by as many as 16 points in the first half before it began to chip away. The Illini still trailed by nine with 10 minutes left when the defense took over, holding Miami to just one basket over the final 10 minutes. With the Illini trailing by one, Chester Frazier drove the lane with 18 seconds left and scored a left-handed layup over two defenders for the game-winner. Shaun Pruitt had a double-double vs. Miami with 12 points and 10 boards.
The Illini fought back from another double-digit deficit vs. Bradley on Saturday. Trailing by as many as 11 in the first half and still down by nine with 15 minutes left, Illinois once again rallied. The UI went on a key 8-0 run late in the game, sparked by a 3-pointer from Jamar Smith that gave Illinois a 58-57 lead, its first lead since 6-5. Warren Carter scored a career-high 17 points while Shaun Pruitt just missed a third straight double-double with 16 points and nine boards. Chester Frazier also posted a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Frazier was named MVP of the Chicago Invitational Challenge while Pruitt and Carter were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Illini By the Numbers Under Weber
96-17: Illinois' overall record under Weber, a winning percentage of .850.
47-3: Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of .940.
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.
83-12: Illinois' record in regular season games under Weber, a winning percentage of .874.
44-3: Illinois' record in regular season non-conference games under Weber, a winning percentage of .936.
20-7: Illinois' record in road games under Weber, a winning percentage of .741.
28-6: Illinois' record in neutral-site games under Weber, a winning percentage of .824.
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.
Opponent Deficit Score Time (1st) Result Final Score Jackson St. 14 18-4 14:26 W 76-55 Florida A&M 8 30-22 5:17 W 84-63 Miami (OH) 16 27-11 5:23 W 51-49 Bradley 11 34-23 3:53 W 75-71 Maryland 15 29-14 7:26 L 72-66
Randle Out Following Surgery
Frazier On Point
Frazier has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games, led by a career-high 17 points vs. Savannah State on Nov. 21. He recorded his first career double-double vs. Florida A&M on Nov. 19 with 13 points and 10 assists.
Frazier had 10 points vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 24, hitting a game-winning layup with 18 seconds left. He then recorded his second double-double vs. Bradley on Nov. 25 with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists. His 11 assists vs. BU are tied for the most by a Big Ten player this season. Following his play last weekend, Frazier was named MVP of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
While continuing to rack up the assists, Frazier has also done a good job cutting down on his turnovers lately. After totaling 13 turnovers in the first two games, he has combined for just 13 turnovers over the past six games. He had only one turnover in 35 minutes vs. Bradley compared to 11 assists, and had just one turnover again vs. Maryland on Tuesday. Frazier's assist-to-turnover ratio the past six games is 2.85 (37 assists/13 turnovers).
Pruitt A Consistent Contributor
He earned Chicago Invitational Challenge All-Tournament Team honors after posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 24 followed by 16 points and nine rebounds in a career-best 31 minutes vs. Bradley on Nov. 25.
Pruitt was at his best vs. Maryland on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-12 shooting. He tallied his third double-double of the season against the Terrapins, collecting a career-high 11 rebounds in addition to his 18 points.
Pruitt leads the Illini and ranks third in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 7.5 boards and has been an efficient scorer, shooting 60.6 percent from the field (43-71) to rank fourth in the Big Ten.
Brock Stepping Up
Brock is fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.9 points and is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (36-66) and 47.1 percent from 3-point range (8-17) on the year.
Carter Aiming High As A Senior
Carter started strong against Maryland on Tuesday, scoring all 13 of his points in the first half, while tallying his second double-double of the season with 11 boards.
Carter is second on the team in rebounding behind Pruitt, averaging 6.5 rpg (ninth in Big Ten). He had the first double-double of his career vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15) with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. His 15 boards vs. JSU are the most by a Big Ten player this year.
After an injury to Jamar Smith in the season opener vs. Austin Peay, Meacham found himself in the starting lineup just two days later, playing all 40 minutes vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15), scoring eight points with a career-high six assists.
Meacham was Illinois' leading scorer for two straight games with 19 points vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) followed by a career-high 24 points vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19). He tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with eight vs. FAMU en route to his 24 points.
Meacham is tied for first in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 50 percent (18-36), is averaging 10.0 points on the season and is second on the team in assists (2.5 apg),
Weber Nation's Second-Winningest Coach over Past Five-Plus Seasons
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