Demetri McCamey and the Illini host Hawaii on Monday at 7 pm.
Dec. 7, 2008
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #9: Illinois (7-1) vs. Hawaii (3-2)
Dec. 8, 2008 // 7 p.m. CT // BTN
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
BTN: Gus Johnson, play-by-play; Jim Jackson, 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 13.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.3 apg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 14.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 9.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 considering redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.0 ppg, 1.0 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, 0.3 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 2.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 238-102/.700 (11th year)
At Illinois: 135-48/.738 (6th year)
Big Ten: 53-29/.646
Vs. Hawaii: 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)
Hawaii Head Coach: Bob Nash
Overall Record: 14-21/.400 (2nd year)
At Hawaii: Same
Vs. Illinois: 0-1
Series Notes: Hawaii
Illinois is 5-0 all-time vs. Hawaii, including a 79-77 victory last year in Honolulu on a game-winning layup by Calvin Brock with five seconds left. Here are the all-time scores between the two programs heading into Monday night's game:
Dec. 30, 1979 Illinois 94, Hawaii 82 (Honolulu) Dec. 30, 1988 Illinois 96, Hawaii 87 (Honolulu) Dec. 6, 1991 Illinois 69, Hawaii 64 (Champaign) Dec. 29, 1995 Illinois 82, Hawaii 81 (Honolulu) Nov. 16, 2007 Illinois 79, Hawaii 77 (Honolulu)
With assists on 72 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois ranks second in the nation in assist percentage.
Illinois has won 11 of its last 13 games dating back to the end of last season.
Three Illini are scoring in double figures, while six players are averaging more than six points per game.
Demetri McCamey has averaged 20.7 points in Illinois' three games vs. BCS schools (23 vs. Vanderbilt, 20 vs. Clemson, 19 vs. Georgia).
Last Time Out: Georgia
Illinois routed Georgia on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago, defeating the Bulldogs by the score of 76-42. Illinois led the entire way, jumping out to a quick 19-6 lead and taking a 30-23 advantage into halftime. Georgia got no closer than eight after that, and with Illinois already up 54-42 with 7:15 left, the Illini closed the game on a 22-0 run.
Demetri McCamey led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale scored 14 points apiece, each shooting 7-10. The Illini shot 56.9 percent for the game and had 23 assists.
Notes From Clemson
Mike Davis scored a career-high 28 points, while Demetri McCamey added 20 points. It was the first time the Illini had a pair of 20-point scorers since James Augustine (23) and Dee Brown (20) at Michigan on Feb. 21, 2006.
Chester Frazier dished out a career-high 12 assists.
Richard Semrau collected a career-high eight rebounds.
Assisting The Offense
Illinois' ball movement has been very effective to start the season. The Illini are averaging 19.6 assists per game, which leads the Big Ten and is ninth in the NCAA, and have recorded assists on 72 percent of its baskets (157 assists on 218 field goals). Illinois ranks second in the nation in assist rate.
Illinois has totaled more than 20 assists in four of eight games and recorded a season-high 25 assists vs. Jackson State on Nov. 23, the most by a Big Ten team this year and the UI's highest total since dishing out 26 vs. IUPUI on Dec. 6, 2006. Here is a game-by-game look at Illinois' assists-to-field goals percentage this season:
Game A FG Pct. E. Washington 14 24 58.3 Texas A&M-CC 22 27 81.5 Vanderbilt 18 24 75 Jackson State 25 31 80.6 Kent State 23 25 92 Tulsa 13 23 56.5 Clemson 19 31 61.3 Georgia 23 33 69.7 Total 157 218 72.0
Davis Off To Great Start
Sophomore forward Mike Davis has been very productive to start the season, nearly averaging a double-double. Davis leads the Illini in scoring at 14.8 points per game (8th in Big Ten) and leads the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.9 boards. He has scored in double figures in six of eight games, with three games of 20 or more points.
Davis has improved his scoring average by more than 12 points this year and has already scored more points at this point in his sophomore campaign -- 118 -- than he did all of last season as a freshman (87).
Davis had a spectacular performance vs. Clemson last Tuesday, where he scored a career-high 28 points. He made 12-of-19 shots against the Tigers, with his 12 field goals ranking as the most by a Big Ten player this season.
Davis has posted three double-doubles this season. He had 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Nov. 16), 11 points and 12 rebounds at Vanderbilt (Nov. 20), and 17 points and 13 rebounds vs. Kent State last Friday.
Davis also had a 20-point outing vs. Jackson State (Nov. 23), hitting 9-of-10 shots.
Like Mike Davis, Demetri McCamey is another Illini sophomore who has increased his production. McCamey is second on the Illini in scoring this season with an average of 13.9 points, a 5.7-point improvement from his 8.2 scoring average as a freshman.
McCamey has scored at least eight points in all eight games and has reached double figures five times. He scored a season-high 23 points at Vanderbilt and last week scored 20 vs. Clemson and 19 vs. Georgia.
In addition to his scoring, McCamey is fifth in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 4.5 apg, and leads the Illini with 10 steals.
Meacham Comfortable With New 3-Point Line
Senior Trent Meacham, the Illini's top 3-point marksman last season, is shooting it well once again from behind the arc. He is 15-of-32 on the year from the land of three, a 46.9 percent clip (6th in Big Ten).
Meacham has scored in double figures in four games, highlighted by a season-high 18 vs. Eastern Washington. He ranks third on the Illini in scoring on the year, averaging 10.4 points.
Frazier In Control
Chester Frazier is off to a solid start to his senior season. Frazier leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the nation in assists, registering 58 assists over the first eight games for an average of 7.3 apg. And despite playing 31.5 minutes per game, Frazier has totaled just 16 turnovers on the year, ranking third in the conference with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.6.
Frazier recorded a career-high 12 assists vs. Clemson last Tuesday and dished out eight assists four times (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Vanderbilt, Kent State and Tulsa).
For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.