Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Detroit

Mike Tisdale and the Illini host Detroit Saturday at 7 p.m.
Mike Tisdale and the Illini host Detroit Saturday at 7 p.m.

Dec. 18, 2008

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game #11: Illinois (9-1) vs. Detroit (3-6)
Dec. 20, 2008 // 7 p.m. CT // BTN
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

On the Air

BTN: Jay Wilson, play-by-play; Trent Tucker, 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     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

Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 1.3 apg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 considering redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 6.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 0.8 ppg, 0.2 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 2.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 240-102/.702 (11th year)
At Illinois: 137-48/.741 (6th year)
Big Ten: 53-29/.646
Vs. Detroit: 0-0
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)

Detroit Head Coach: Ray McCallum
Overall Record: 173-156/.526 (12th year)
At Detroit: 3-6/.333 (1st year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-0

Series Notes: Detroit
Illinois owns a 7-1 lead over Detroit in the all-time series, and is 6-0 vs. the Titans in Champaign. This is the first meeting between the teams in 35 years, since a 64-60 Illini win at the Assembly Hall on Dec. 11, 1973.

Opening Tips
• Illinois returns to the court on Saturday night following a 9-day break for semester exams. Prior to the break, the Illini played six games in 13 days.

• 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
Illinois' defense ignited the offense for the third consecutive game as the Illini routed Chicago State 89-50 last Wednesday at the Assembly Hall. Illinois tied its season high with 13 steals while Chicago State committed 29 turnovers in all, the most by a UI opponent on the season. Those CSU miscues led to a 37-to-7 advantage in points off turnovers for the Illini.

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.

Trent Meacham scored in double figures for the first time in six games, finishing with 14. Demetri McCamey added 10 and Calvin Brock came off the bench to score a season-high nine points.

Matto Season Leaders
The "Matto" play hard chart is a statistical ranking that is very important to the Fighting Illini program. The name Matto is a tribute to former Illini Matt Heldman, the point guard on Illinois' 1998 Big Ten Championship team that was tragically killed in a car accident in 1999.

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:

1. Trent Meacham 68
2. Chester Frazier 64
3. Demetri McCamey 49
4. Mike Davis 43
5. Mike Tisdale 41
Illinois Season Total 376
Opponent Season Total 273

Assisting The Offense
Illinois' ball movement has been very effective this season. The Illini are averaging 19.7 assists per game, which leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the NCAA, and have recorded assists on 71.1 percent of its baskets (197 assists on 277 field goals). Illinois ranks second in the nation in assist rate.

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
Sophomore forward Mike Davis has been very productive to start the season, nearly averaging a double-double. Davis leads the Illini in scoring at 13.9 points per game (12th in Big Ten) and leads the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.7 boards. He has scored in double figures in eight of 10 games, with three games of 20 or more points.

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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