Illinois returns to the Assembly Hall on Thursday to host Idaho State at 7 p.m. CT.
Dec. 20, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #14: Illinois (11-2) vs. Idaho State (5-6)
Dec. 21, 2006 7 p.m. CT ESPN+ Local
Champaign, Ill. Assembly Hall (16,618)
On the Air
ESPN-Plus: Mike Gleason, play-by-play; Doug Altenberger, expert analyst.
Illini Sports Network - 47 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate pregame/halftime/ postgame interviews.
Illini Probable Starters
F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Jr, 6-8, 220, 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 spg)
F - 25 Calvin Brock (r-So., 6-5, 195, 8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg) -OR-
F - 41 Warren Carter (Sr., 6-9, 220, 13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 bpg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Jr., 6-10, 245, 12.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
G - 33 Rich McBride (Sr., 6-3, 205, 9.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (So., 6-2, 190, 8.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.7 spg)
Off the Bench
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-So., 6-2, 195, 8.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 2.3 apg)
G - 2 Chris Hicks (Jr., 6-2, 190, 0.6 ppg, 0.1 rpg)
C - 21 Brian Carlwell (Fr., 6-11, 265, 2.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
G - 31 Jamar Smith (So., 6-3, 185, 11.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)
F - 34 C.J. Jackson (r-Fr., 6-8, 260, 1.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
F - 44 Marcus Arnold (r-Sr., 6-8, 245, 2.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (Fr., 6-9, 230, 3.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg) -Out-
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 203-72/.738 (9th year)
At Illinois: 100-18/.848 (4th year)
Big Ten: 39-9/.813
Vs. Idaho State: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (6th year), Jay Price (4th year), Tracy Webster (3rd year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (4th year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (24th year at Illinois)
Idaho State Head Coach: Joe O'Brien
Overall Record: 5-6/.455 (1st year)
At Idaho State: Same
Vs. Illinois: 0-0
Assistant Coaches: Steve Swanson, Geoff Alexander, Rodrick Rhodes
Series Notes: Idaho State
This is just the second all-time meeting between Illinois and Idaho State. Illinois won the previous match-up, 64-44 at the 1984 Great Alaska Shootout.
Weber Records 100th Illinois Win; Fastest Coach in Big Ten History to Win 100 Games at a Conference School
Bruce Weber won his 100th game at Illinois with Tuesday's victory over Missouri. Now in his fourth season in Champaign, Weber has totaled 100 wins through his first 118 games coaching the Orange and Blue. NCAA records track how fast coaches reach milestone wins, but only on their overall record, not while at a particular school. So while it would be extremely difficult to say exactly where Weber's start at Illinois stands in NCAA history, it's clear by comparing his record against some of the top coaching names that he ranks with the best. In fact, Weber is the fastest coach in Big Ten history to reach 100 wins while at a conference school. The following is a list of notable coaches and how fast they reached 100 wins while at a particular school (note, this list is not a complete ranking throughout NCAA history)...
Coach, School Number of Games
Buck Freeman, St. John's 110
Adolph Rupp, Kentucky 116
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 117
Jerry Tarkanian, Long Beach State 117
Bruce Weber, Illinois 118
Everett Case, N.C. State 120
Fred Taylor, Ohio State 120
Bob Knight, Indiana 120
Lew Andreas, Syracuse 122
Denny Crum, Louisville 122
Eddie Sutton, Arkansas 124
Don Haskins, UTEP 125
Nat Holman, CCNY 125
Buster Sheary, Holy Cross 125
Mark Few, Gonzaga 126
Tony Hinkle, Butler 126
Ray Meyer, DePaul 126
Harry Combes, Illinois 127
Peck Hickman, Louisville 127
Vic Bubas, Duke 128
Hugh Greer, Connecticut 128
Roy Williams, Kansas 129
Speed Morris, LaSalle 130
Fred Schaus, West Virginia 130
Clifford Wells, Tulane 130
Tubby Smith, Kentucky 130
Harry Fisher, Columbia 131
Joseph Lapchick, St. John's 131
Nolan Richardson, Tulsa 131
Gale Catlett, Cincinnati 132
Jack Ramsey, St. Joseph's 132
Rick Pitino, Kentucky 133
John Chaney, Temple 133
Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State 137
John Calipari, Memphis 145
Rick Barnes, Texas 145
Last Time Out: Missouri
Illinois won its seventh consecutive Braggin' Rights game over Missouri, defeating the Tigers 73-70 on Tuesday night in the annual series at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. With the win, Illinois improved to 18-8 all-time against Mizzou in the Braggin' Rights series.
The Illini starting frontcourt combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds, led by Shaun Pruitt, who scored a career-high 19 points and had a game-high nine rebounds. Warren Carter had 12 points and five boards and Brian Randle added 10 points and seven rebounds. Jamar Smith also had a big night for the Illini, scoring 17 points with four 3-pointers.
Following a 7-day break in the schedule for semester exams, Illinois is concluding a stretch of playing three games in five days (Belmont on Sunday, Missouri on Tuesday and Idaho State on Thursday) prior to another week-long break for Christmas.
Illinois' starting frontcourt (forwards Warren Carter and Brian Randle and center Shaun Pruitt) has combined to average 42.5 points over the past two games, accounting for 57 percent of Illinois' offense (85 of 150 pts).
Illinois is a balanced offensive club, with three players averaging double figures and eight members of the roster averaging at least 8.2 points per game.
Six different players have been Illinois' leading scorer in a game this season (Warren Carter-5, Shaun Pruitt-3, Trent Meacham-2, Jamar Smith-1, Rich McBride-1, Chester Frazier-1).
Over the past seven games, Warren Carter is averaging 16.7 points (117) and 7.4 rebounds (52) while shooting 55.6 percent from the field (45-81). Included in that stretch have been three 20+ point performances for the senior power forward. Carter had a career-high 24 points vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), tying the highest point total by UI player this season, and 21 points vs. both IUPUI (Dec. 6) and Belmont (Dec. 17).
Jamar Smith is shooting 48.8 percent from 3-point range, hitting 20-41 from behind the arc on the season. He made five treys in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), shot a perfect 5-5 from 3-point land vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) and made four 3s vs. Missouri on Tuesday.
Shaun Pruitt has scored in double figures in 10 of 13 games this season and is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg. He had 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Maryland (Nov. 28) and most recently scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting vs. Missouri on Tuesday.
Over the past eight games, Chester Frazier has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.8 (64 assists/23 turnovers). Frazier had a career-high 11 assists twice, vs. Bradley (No. 25) and vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), and also had 10 assists vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19).
Calvin Brock has scored at least six points in 11 of 13 games.
Chester Frazier ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA (as of Dec. 17) in assists with an average of 6.5 apg. He had a career-high 11 assists vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) and again vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), which is tied for the highest total by a Big Ten player this season.
Warren Carter's 13.8-point average ranks 11th in the Big Ten. Carter is also seventh in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.5 rpg, and ninth in blocks, averaging 1.3 bpg.
Trent Meacham ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at 51.1 percent (24-47). He had a school-record eight 3-pointers vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19), which is also the most treys by a Big Ten player this year.
Shaun Pruitt ranks fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.596, 65-109) and is sixth in rebounding (7.0 rpg).
Illinois has scored over 70 points in 11 of 13 games and is averaging 75.2 points on the season (4th in Big Ten).
Illinois is outscoring its opponent by an average of 16.8 points (2nd in Big Ten, 20th in NCAA as of Dec. 18).
Illinois has shot better than 45 percent in nine of 13 games, topping 50 percent six times, and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field (347-730) on the season (5th in Big Ten).
Illinois has shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in six games and is shooting 39.8 percent from behind the arc (103-259) on the season (3rd in Big Ten).
The Illini are second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, making an average of 7.9 per game (103 total).
Illinois has outrebounded 11 of 13 opponents and is outrebounding its opponent by an average of 10.4 boards (2nd in Big Ten, 12th in NCAA as of Dec. 18).
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in total rebounds (38.9 rpg) and leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (14.6 rpg).
Illinois is holding its opponents to an average of just 58.4 points (5th in Big Ten, 21st in NCAA as of Dec. 18) on 40 percent shooting.
Losses to Maryland and Arizona marked just the third time in Bruce Weber's tenure that Illinois dropped back-to-back games. The Illini have never lost three consecutive games under Weber.
Assembly Hall: The House of 'Paign
Illinois owns a homecourt record of 63-3 (.955) over the last four-plus seasons. The Illini are also 100-5 (.952) at the Assembly Hall over the past seven-plus years, which ranks second in the nation for homecourt winning percentage this decade behind only Gonzaga.
Illinois had its nation's best 51-game winning streak at the Assembly Hall against non-conference opponents come to an end against Maryland on Nov. 28. The Illini's school-record 33-game winning streak ended last year against Penn State (Feb. 4, 2006).
Below is a look at Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall this decade:
Year Overall Big Ten 2006-07 7-1 0-0 2005-06 15-1 7-1 2004-05 15-0 8-0 2003-04 12-1 7-1 2002-03 14-0 7-0 2001-02 13-1 7-1 2000-01 12-0 8-0 1999-2000 12-1 7-1 Total 100-5 (.952) 51-4 (.927)
Illini By the Numbers Under Weber
Illinois has been a consistent winner under Bruce Weber, a tenure that spans the most successful period in school history. The following is a breakdown of Illinois' success under Weber:
100-18: Illinois' overall record under Weber, a winning percentage of .847.
49-3: Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of .942.
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.
87-13: Illinois' record in regular season games under Weber, a winning percentage of .870.
48-4: Illinois' record in regular season non-conference games under Weber, a winning percentage of .923.
20-7: Illinois' record in road games under Weber, a winning percentage of .741.
30-7: Illinois' record in neutral-site games under Weber, a winning percentage of .811.
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.
Randle Returns To Action Following Surgery
After having groin surgery on Nov. 17 and missing nine games, Brian Randle returned to action against UIC on Dec. 9. He played 16 minutes off the bench and performed well, nearly registering a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Randle scored a season-high 10 points against Belmont on Sunday, hitting 4-5 shots including a pair of 3-pointers. He tied his season-high with 10 points vs. Missouri on Tuesday.
Carter Aiming High As A Senior
Warren Carter is off to a fast start to his senior season. The replacement for James Augustine at power forward, Carter has started all 13 games this year and leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.8 points (11th in Big Ten). He has reached double figures nine times, led by a career-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting vs. Arizona (Dec. 2). He made it his third double-double of the season against the Wildcats, collecting 10 rebounds.
Carter has topped 20-point marker three times on the season, with a game-high 21 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) and another 21-point effort vs. Belmont on Sunday.
Carter had 17 points vs. Bradley (Nov. 25). He also had eight rebounds vs. the Braves and had eight points, three blocks and three steals vs. Miami (OH) the night before to earn a spot on the Chicago Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Carter started strong against Maryland (Nov. 28), scoring all 13 of his points in the first half, while tallying a double-double with 11 boards.
Carter is second on the team in rebounding behind Pruitt, averaging 6.5 rpg to rank seventh in the 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.
Over the last six games, Carter is averaging 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent.
Frazier On Point
Chester Frazier has taken over the reins at point guard following the graduation of Dee Brown. The sophomore from Baltimore has been very productive in all facets of the game. He is averaging 8.8 points and ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA (as of Dec. 18) with an average of 6.5 assists. Frazier is also fourth on the Illini with an average of 4.7 rebounds and leads the team in steals, averaging 1.7 spg (third in Big Ten).
Frazier has scored in double figures in eight games, led by a career-high 17 points vs. Savannah State (Nov. 21). He recorded his first career double-double vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19) with 13 points and 10 assists.
Frazier had 10 points vs. Miami (OH) (Nov. 24), hitting a game-winning layup with 18 seconds left. He then recorded his second double-double vs. Bradley (Nov. 25) with 10 points and a career-high 11 assists. Frazier was named MVP of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
He had 11 points and four assists in 39 minutes of action vs. Arizona (Dec. 2) and then tied his career high with another 11-assist effort vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6). Frazier's 11 assists vs. Bradley and vs. IUPUI tie the most by a Big Ten player this season.
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 (6.5 avg.), he has combined for just 26 turnovers over the past 11 games (2.4 avg.). He had only one turnover in 35 minutes vs. Bradley compared to 11 assists, and had just one turnover again vs. Maryland (Nov. 28).
Frazier's assist-to-turnover ratio over the past nine games is 2.8 (64 assists/23 turnovers).
Pruitt A Consistent Contributor
Shaun Pruitt started every game last season and is once again the Illini's starting center this year. He has scored in double figures in 10 of 13 games and is second on the team in scoring with an average of 12.2 points. Pruitt had 15 points on 7-9 shooting vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15) and recorded the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Savannah State (Nov. 21).
He earned Chicago Invitational Challenge All-Tournament Team honors after posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards vs. Miami (OH) (Nov. 24) followed by 16 points and nine rebounds in a career-best 31 minutes vs. Bradley (Nov. 25).
Pruitt was at his best vs. Maryland (Nov. 28), scoring 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 scored in double figures for the sixth straight game vs. Arizona (Dec. 2), registering 11 points. That streak came to an end with seven points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), but Pruitt was back in double figures on Sunday with 13 points vs. Belmont.
He most recently scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting and had a game-high nine boards vs. Missouri on Tuesday.
Pruitt leads the Illini and ranks sixth in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 7.0 boards and has been an efficient scorer, shooting 59.6 percent from the field (65-109) to rank fourth in the Big Ten.
Smith Is Instant Offense
Sophomore sharpshooter Jamar Smith has continued his reputation for providing instant offense in the Illini lineup. Smith, who missed six games due to a high ankle sprain, has reached double figures in four of seven games and is third on the team in scoring with an average of 11.6 points.
Smith scored a season-high 19 points in just 21 minutes of action in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), when he suffered the ankle injury and missed the remainder of the game. He returned to the court against Bradley (Nov. 25), scoring 14 points, but his mobility was limited the following game vs. Maryland. After sitting out the Arizona game, Smith came off the bench to tally 15 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), connecting on all five 3-point attempts.
Smith most recently scored 17 points in the win over Missouri on Tuesday.
Smith has totaled 20 three-pointers in seven games (2.9 avg.) and is shooting 48.8 percent (20-41) from behind the arc on the season. That percentage would rank sixth in the Big Ten, but a player must appear in 75 percent of his team's games to officially be listed in the conference's statistical rankings.
McBride Regaining Old Form
Rich McBride started off slow after missing the season's first four games, but he has re-established himself as one of Illinois' top performers. McBride had a season-high 18 points vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), hitting six 3-pointers, and was in double figures again vs. UIC (Dec. 9) with a team-high 13 points.
McBride has started seven of nine games on the season and ranks fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.8 points. He is also averaging 2.2 assists while playing 30.6 minutes per game, second on the team behind Chester Frazier.
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.