Illinois hosts Chicago State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Dec. 9, 2008
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #10: Illinois (8-1) vs. Chicago State (3-4)
Dec. 10, 2008 // 7 p.m. CT
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
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 13.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.1 spg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 7.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.4 apg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 14.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Off the Bench
G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 0.9 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 7.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 0.8 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 2.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 239-102/.701 (11th year)
At Illinois: 136-48/.739 (6th year)
Big Ten: 53-29/.646
Vs. Chicago 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)
Chicago State Head Coach: Benjy Taylor
Overall Record: 42-67/.385 (5th year)
At Chicago State: 14-21/.400 (2nd year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-0
Series Notes: Chicago State
This is the ninth meeting between Illinois and Chicago State, all coming at the Assembly Hall. The Illini have won all eight previous match-ups. The teams most recently met on Dec. 6, 2004, as the No. 1-ranked Illini defeated the Cougars, 78-59.
With assists on 70.6 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois ranks second in the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank sixth in the NCAA with 19.2 assists per game.
Illinois has won 12 of its last 14 games dating back to the end of last season.
Three Illini are scoring in double figures, while six players are averaging more than seven points per game.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Dec. 8, Chester Frazier ranks sixth in assists and 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Illinois is shooting 52.6 percent from the field over the last three games (91-173).
Illinois' defense has recorded 25 steals and forced a total of 49 turnovers over the last two games.
Mike Davis has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, averaging 17.3 points (52) on 61.5 percent shooting (24-39).
Demetri McCamey is averaging 15.7 points (47) and 6.7 assists (20) over the last three games.
Dominique Keller is averaging 11.0 points (33) on 68.4 percent shooting (13-19) over the last three games.
Chester Frazier is averaging 9.0 points (27) on 58.8 percent shooting from the field (10-17) and 63.6 percent from 3-point range (7-11) over the last three games.
Demetri McCamey has averaged 20.7 points in Illinois' three games vs. BCS schools (23 vs. Vanderbilt, 20 vs. Clemson, 19 vs. Georgia).
Illinois has three players who have missed only one free throw attempt this season: Demetri McCamey (10-11), Trent Meacham (8-9) and Dominique Keller (8-9).
Last Time Out: Hawaii
Illinois' pressure defense was the difference in a 68-58 victory over Hawaii on Monday night at the Assembly Hall. The Illini grabbed 12 steals and forced the Rainbow Warriors into 22 turnovers. Illinois turned those mistakes into points, outscoring the visitors 28-to-4 in points off turnovers.
Chester Frazier scored 14 points behind 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Dominique Keller came off the bench to also score 14, while Mike Davis finished in double figures for the third straight game with 10 points.
Demetri McCamey controlled the offense, tying his career-high with 11 assists.
Assisting The Offense
Illinois' ball movement has been very effective this season. The Illini are averaging 19.2 assists per game, which leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the NCAA, and have recorded assists on 70.6 percent of its baskets (173 assists on 245 field goals). Illinois ranks second in the nation in assist rate.
Illinois has totaled more than 20 assists in four 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.
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 14.2 points per game (12th in Big Ten) and ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.3 boards. He has scored in double figures in seven of nine games, with three games of 20 or more points.
Davis has improved his scoring average by 11.6 points this year and has already scored 41 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 on Dec. 2, scoring 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 13.2 points, a 5-point improvement from his 8.2 scoring average as a freshman.
McCamey has scored at least eight points in all nine 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 5.2 apg. He tied his career high with 11 assists vs. Hawaii on Monday.
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