Brian Randle and the Illini face Missouri in the 27th annual Braggin' Rights game Saturday at 7:30 pm CT.
Dec. 21, 2007
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
27th Annual Busch Braggin' Rights St. Louis, Mo. Scottrade Center (22,153)
Game #11: Illinois (6-4) vs. Missouri (8-3)
Dec. 22, 2007 7:30 p.m. CT ESPN2
On the Air
ESPN2: Dave O'Brien, play-by-play; Steve Lavin, expert analyst.
Illini Sports Network - 45 stations: Brian Barnhart, play-by-play; Jerry Hester, expert analyst; Loren Tate, pregame/halftime/postgame interviews.
Illini Probable Starters
F - 42 Brian Randle (r-Sr, 6-8, 220, 10.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 apg)
C - 55 Shaun Pruitt (Sr., 6-10, 245, 13.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
G - 25 Calvin Brock (r-Jr., 6-5, 195, 8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg)
G - 1 Trent Meacham (r-Jr., 6-2, 195, 10.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg)
G - 3 Chester Frazier (Jr., 6-2, 190, 5.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.0 spg)
Off the Bench
G - 2 Chris Hicks (Sr., 6-2, 190, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
G - 13 Jeff Jordan (Fr., 6-1, 185, 0.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg)
G - 22 Steve Holdren (r-Jr., 6-5, 200, 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
F - 24 Mike Davis (Fr., 6-9, 195, 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
F - 23 Rodney Alexander (Jr., 6-7, 225, 6.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
F - 30 Bill Cole (Fr., 6-9, 210, 2.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
F - 32 Demetri McCamey (Fr., 6-3, 205, 4.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg)
C - 33 Brian Carlwell (So., 6-11, 265, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
F - 50 Richard Semrau (r-Fr., 6-9, 235, 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg)
C - 54 Mike Tisdale (Fr., 7-1, 215, 4.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 221-86/.720 (10th year)
At Illinois: 118-32/.787 (5th year)
Big Ten: 48-16/.750
Vs. Missouri All-Time: 4-1
Assistant Coaches: Wayne McClain (7th year), Jay Price (5th year), Jerrance Howard (1st year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (5th year)
Trainer: Al Martindale (25th year at Illinois)
Missouri Head Coach: Mike Anderson
Overall Record: 115-56/.673 (6th year)
At Missouri: 26-15/.634 (2nd year)
Vs. Illinois: 0-1
Series Notes: Missouri
Illinois leads the all-time series 25-12 over Missouri, including an 18-8 advantage in the Busch Braggin' Rights series at St. Louis. The Illini carry a seven-game winning streak over the Tigers into Saturday night's 27th annual Braggin' Rights game. During that streak the the Illini have posted victories of 86-81 in overtime in 2000, 72-61 in 2001, 85-70 in 2002, 71-70 in 2003, 70-64 in 2004, 82-50 in 2005, and 73-70 last season.
Braggin' Rights Notes
Illinois owns an 18-8 advantage over Missouri in Braggin' Rights games played in St. Louis ... Illinois won eight consecutive games from 1983-90 and won nine of the first 10 games played in St. Louis ... After Missouri won seven of nine games from 1991-99, Illinois has won the last seven games in the series (2000-06) ... Bruce Weber is undefeated in the Braggin' Rights, owning a 4-0 record. Weber's lone loss to Mizzou came in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament when he was at Southern Illinois ... Saturday's meeting marks the second straight year but just the seventh time in 27 years of the series that neither team is ranked in the Top 25 ... After Thursday's defeat to Miami (OH), Illinois enters the Braggin' Rights game coming off a loss for the first time since 1998 when the Illini lost to Kansas in Kansas City on Dec. 19 before falling to Missouri on Dec. 22.
Past Braggin' Rights Games in St. Louis
Dec. 10, 1980 Illinois 84, #14 Missouri 62
Dec. 8, 1981 #13 Missouri 78, Illinois 68 (OT)
Dec. 28, 1983 #20 Illinois 66, Missouri 60
Dec. 6, 1984 #7 Illinois 65, Missouri 50
Dec. 21, 1985 #15 Illinois 67, Missouri 55
Dec. 23, 1986 #9 Illinois 92, Missouri 74
Dec. 22, 1987 Illinois 75, #17 Missouri 63
Dec. 19, 1988 #5 Illinois 87, #10 Missouri 84
Dec. 20, 1989 #5 Illinois 101, #4 Missouri 93
Dec. 19, 1990 Illinois 84, Missouri 81
Dec. 23, 1991 #16 Missouri 61, Illinois 44
Dec. 23, 1992 Missouri 66, Illinois 65
Dec. 22, 1993 Missouri 108, #19 Illinois 107 (3OT)
Dec. 22, 1994 Missouri 76, #23 Illinois 58
Dec. 20, 1995 #14 Illinois 96, #15 Missouri 85 (OT)
Dec. 28, 1996 Illinois 85, Missouri 69
Dec. 23, 1997 Missouri 75, Illinois 69
Dec. 22, 1998 #15 Missouri 67, Illinois 62
Dec. 21, 1999 Missouri 78, #15 Illinois 72
Dec. 21, 2000 #5 Illinois 86, Missouri 81 (OT)
Dec. 22, 2001 #9 Illinois 72, #8 Missouri 61
Dec. 21, 2002 #12 Illinois 85, #11 Missouri 70
Dec. 23, 2003 #21 Illinois 71, #11 Missouri 70
Dec. 22, 2004 #1 Illinois 70, Missouri 64
Dec. 21, 2005 #6 Illinois 82, Missouri 50
Dec. 19, 2006 Illinois 73, Missouri 70
Braggin' Rights Breakdown
Series Record: Illinois leads 18-8
Current Streak: Illinois, W-7
Illinois when ranked: 13-3
Missouri when ranked: 3-8
When both teams are ranked: Illinois leads 6-0
When neither team is ranked: Illinois leads 3-2
In overtime games: Tied 2-2
At The Arena: Illinois led 9-4
At Scottrade Center: Illinois leads 9-4
Illinois' longest winning streak: 8 (1983-90)
Missouri's longest winning streak: 4 (1991-94)
Illinois' largest winning margin: 32 points (2005)
Missouri's largest winning margin: 18 points (1994)
Closest margin: 1 point, three times (1992, 1993, 2003)
Illini Notes ...
Saturday marks the last of three games in a span of six days for the Illini. Prior to this stretch, Illinois played just one game in 15 days after opening the season with seven games in three weeks.
Illinois has played six road/neutral games so far this season, and Saturday's game in St. Louis will mark its seventh in 11 games. Illinois has currently played the third-highest total of road/neutral games among BCS schools and will move into a tie for first on that list following the Missouri game.
Just 10 games into the season, seven different players have been the Illini's leading scorer in a game.
Shaun Pruitt has scored at least nine points in all but one game this season. He had a career-high 24 points vs. Arizona and made 10-of-11 from the field, tying the sixth-best shooting performance in school history.
Pruitt has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, with 24 points vs. Arizona, 11 vs. Western Carolina and tying his career high with 24 vs. Miami (OH). Over that three-game stretch, Pruitt is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.
Brian Randle is averaging 11.3 points over the last three games after scoring a total of just nine points over the three previous games.
Pruitt and Randle combined for 38 points vs. Miami, the duo's highest scoring total this season (previous high 35 points vs. Arizona).
Chester Frazier is averaging 5.3 assists over the last five games after averaging just 2.6 assists over the first five games.
Trent Meacham ranks third in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.9 ratio on the season (29 assists/10 turnovers).
Prior to the Miami game, Meacham averaged 17 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the field and 52.2 percent from 3-point range over his previous four games.
Shaun Pruitt leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds with an average of 4.1 per game (41 total off. reb.). Pruitt ranks fourth in the league in total rebounds (8.4 avg).
Pruitt has started every game over the past two-and-a-half seasons, entering the Missouri game with an active streak of 78 consecutive starts.
Illinois' defense held Western Carolina to 35 points on Monday, the third-lowest point total in Assembly Hall history and just one point off the record-low score of 34 set by Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985 and tied by Savannah State last season.
Last Time Out: Miami (OH)
Illinois had its eight-game winning streak at the Assembly Hall come to an end Thursday with a 61-58 overtime loss to Miami (OH). Illinois trailed 52-45 with one minute to play in regulation before scoring seven unanswered points to send the game to overtime. Trailing by three at the end of OT, Illinois had one last chance to extend the game but Mike Tisdale missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer.
The Illini seniors led the charge against Miami, as Shaun Pruitt and Brian Randle combined for 38 of Illinois' 58 points. Pruitt tied his career high with 24 points while recording his second double-double of the season with a game-high 15 rebounds. Randle scored 14 on 6-10 shooting.
Dominating the Glass
Illinois has outrebounded eight of 10 opponents this year and owns a rebounding margin of +6.7 on the season. Illinois ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin and is fifth in the conference in total rebounds, averaging 39.0 rpg.
Pruitt a Force Inside
Illinois has one of the top post players in the Big Ten in senior and three-year starting center Shaun Pruitt. A preseason All-Big Ten selection, Pruitt leads the Illini in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.1 points and 8.4 rebounds (fourth in Big Ten). He has scored at least nine points in all but one game this season, with a career-high 24 points vs. both Arizona and Miami (OH), 15 at Hawaii, 12 vs. Northeastern, 11 vs. both Duke and Western Carolina, 10 at Maryland, and nine each vs. Arizona State and Oklahoma State.
Pruitt made 10-of-11 from the field against Arizona, which tied the sixth-best shooting performance in school history.
Pruitt has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, with 24 points vs. Arizona, 11 vs. Western Carolina and 24 again vs. Miami. It is the first time he has reached double figures in three straight games since his streak of six straight games last season (1/20/07 through 2/7/07).
Over this current three game-stretch, Pruitt is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.
Pruitt has 11 career double-doubles including two this season: 12 pts-17 reb vs. Northeastern and 24 pts-15 reb vs. Miami. His career-high 17 rebounds vs. Northeastern marked the highest rebounding total by an Illini player in eight seasons, since Sergio McClain had 18 rebounds at Michigan on Jan. 16, 2000.
In addition to ranking fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding, Pruitt leads the league in offensive rebounds with an average of 4.1 per game (41 total).
One of the most Illini's most durable players in recent years, Pruitt has started every game over the last two-and-a-half seasons and enters the Missouri game with an active streak of 78 consecutive starts.
Meacham Settles in at Shooting Guard
Junior Trent Meacham shared time at point guard and shooting guard last season, but with the addition of freshman Demetri McCamey to share point guard responsibilities with junior Chester Frazier, Coach Weber has Meacham focusing solely on the shooting guard position this season. The move has helped Meacham settle in and define his role on this year's squad.
Meacham did not play in Monday's win over Western Carolina because of an ankle injury. Although not fully healed, he returned to the lineup vs. Miami on Thursday.
Over his last four games prior to Miami, Meacham averaged 17.0 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the field (24-39) and 52.2 percent from 3-point range (12-23). He had a game-high 17 points vs. Oklahoma State, nine at Maryland, a career-high 26 points vs. Weber State and 16 vs. Arizona.
In addition to his increased scoring, Meacham is also taking care of the basketball, ranking third in the Big Ten with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.9 on the season (29 a/10 to).
Randle More Aggressive on Offense
Senior and three-year starter Brian Randle currently carries a career-high scoring average of 10.2 points. He reached double figures in each of the first four games this season, a career-best streak, before it came to an end vs. Oklahoma State when he left due to injury just seven minutes into the game. Randle had 14 points in the opener vs. Northeastern, 12 points at Hawaii, a career-high 17 points vs. Arizona State and 16 points vs. Duke.
Randle returned to double figures for the first time in four games vs. Arizona, scoring 11 points. He also had a season-high five assists vs. the Wildcats. He just missed double figures vs. Western Carolina, finishing with nine points.
He had his highest scoring total since the Duke game on Thursday, scoring 14 points on 6-10 shooting vs. Miami (OH).
Randle is shooting 49.4 percent from the field (42-85) and in addition to ranking third on the Illini in scoring, he is also the team's third-leading rebounder with an average of 4.5 rebounds on the season.
*For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at the top of this page.