Illinois Game Notes vs. Detroit
Dec. 18, 2008
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
On the Air
Illini Probable Starters G - 32 Demetri McCamey So., 6-3, 205 12.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.0 apg G - 1 Trent Meacham r-Sr., 6-2, 195 10.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg G - 3 Chester Frazier Sr., 6-2, 195 7.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.2 spg F - 24 Mike Davis So., 6-9, 210 13.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.6 apg C - 54 Mike Tisdale So., 7-1, 235 9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Detroit Head Coach: Ray McCallum
Series Notes: Detroit
Illinois' defense has recorded 38 steals (12.7 avg) and forced a total of 78 turnovers (26.0 avg) over the last three games.
With assists on 71.1 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois ranks second in the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank sixth in the NCAA with 19.7 assists per game. Illinois also ranks eighth nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.5.
Illinois has won 13 of its last 15 games dating back to the end of last season.
Illinois recorded its ninth win of the 2008-09 season in its most recent game vs. Chicago State on Dec. 10. Last season, the Illini did not get win No. 9 until Jan. 16.
Three Illini are scoring in double figures, while six players are averaging at least 6.8 points per game.
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Dec. 15, Chester Frazier ranks 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio (+3.4) and 19th in assists (6.4 apg).
Mike Davis leads the Big Ten in double-doubles this season with four, and is the league's top rebounder, averaging 8.7 boards.
Illinois ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 56.3 ppg.
Illinois is shooting 50.6 percent from the field over the last four games (123-243).
Mike Davis has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, averaging 15.8 points (63).
Demetri McCamey is averaging 14.3 points (57) and 5.8 assists (23) over the last four games.
Illinois is 66-11 (.857) in regular season non-conference games under Weber.
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: Chicago State
Mike Tisdale made the most of his advantage in the post against the undersized Cougars, scoring a career-high 25 points. Tisdale shot 9-of-16 from the floor and converted 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also grabbed a career-high 10 boards to notch his first career double-double. Mike Davis, meanwhile, recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Matto Season Leaders
A team manager keeps the chart and Illini players are awarded points for making the following hustle plays: passes deflected (+1), blocked shots (+1), steals (+1), dives (+1), loose balls (+1), charges taken (+2) and 5-second violations drawn (+2).
The points are accumulated throughout the season, and the player with the highest total at the end of the year will be presented the Matto Award at the team banquet. Here is a look at the current top five players in the race for the Matto Award, along with team and opponent totals:
Assisting The Offense
Illinois has totaled more than 20 assists in five games and recorded a season-high 25 assists vs. Jackson State on Nov. 23, the most by a Big Ten team this year. 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 Hawaii 16 27 59.3 Chicago State 24 32 75.0 Total 197 277 71.1
Davis Enjoying Breakout Sophomore Campaign
Davis has improved his scoring average by 11.3 points this year and has already scored 52 more points at this point in his sophomore campaign -- 139 -- 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 four double-doubles this season, tops among Big Ten players. He had 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Nov. 16), 11 points and 12 rebounds at Vanderbilt (Nov. 20), 17 points and 13 rebounds vs. Kent State (Nov. 28) and most recently 11 points and 12 rebounds vs. Chicago State (Dec. 10).
Davis also had a 20-point outing vs. Jackson State (Nov. 23), hitting 9-of-10 shots.
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