Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 286-128/.691 (13th year)
At Illinois: 183-74/.712 (8th year)
Series Record: Illinois leads 27-13
Record at St. Louis: Illinois leads 20-9
Last Meeting: Missouri 81, Illinois 68 (Dec. 23, 2009 at St. Louis)
Series Streak: Missouri W-1
Weber vs. Missouri at Illinois: 6-1
Weber vs. Missouri All-Time: 6-2
Wednesday's annual Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis features the first match-up of the college basketball season between 10-win teams with 10-2 Illinois facing 10-1 Missouri.
Braggin' Rights Notes
Illinois owns a 20-9 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 won nine straight games from 2000-08, the longest winning streak in the history of the series ... The Illini winning streak was finally snapped last season ... Illinois carries a Top 25 ranking into the Braggin' Rights for the first time in five years. Illinois is 13-3 in the Braggin' Rights when ranked ... Wednesday marks the first time in seven years that both teams are ranked in the Top 25 entering the game. Illinois has won all six previous Braggin' Rights match-ups when both team were ranked ... Illinois is 9-3 when playing against ranked Missouri teams in the Braggin' Rights ... Illinois has one St. Louis area product on its roster in sophomore forward Tyler Griffey from Wildwood, Mo. ... Bruce Weber owns a 6-1 record in the Braggin' Rights, with his first loss in the series coming last year. Weber's other career defeat to Mizzou came in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament when he was in his final season as head coach at Southern Illinois.
Braggin' Rights Breakdown
Series Record: Illinois leads 20-9
Current Streak: Missouri, W-1
Illinois when ranked: 13-3
Missouri when ranked: 3-9
When both teams are ranked: Illinois leads 6-0
When neither team is ranked: Illinois leads 5-2
In overtime games: Tied 2-2
At Scottrade Center: Illinois leads 11-5
At The Arena: Illinois led 9-4
Illinois' longest winning streak: 9 (2000-08)
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, four times (1992, 1993, 2003 and 2007)
Current Illini With Braggin' Rights Experience Demetri McCamey (3 G): 12.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg
Highlights: 13 points, five rebounds and five assists last year ... 20 points and five assists in 2008 ... Scored four points in 2007.
Mike Davis (3 G): 10.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg
Highlights: Double-double with 11 points and game-high 13 rebounds last year ... 13 points and game-high nine rebounds in 2008 ... Scored six points in 2007.
Mike Tisdale (3 G): 9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Highlights: Double-double with 14 points and career-high 13 rebounds last year ... 12 points and eight rebounds in 2008. Scored one point in 2007.
McCamey Joins Exclusive Club
With his sixth point against UIC on Saturday at the United Center, Demetri McCamey became just the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history to record at least 1,400 career points and 600 career assists. Here is a look at the all-time Big Ten players who have accomplished that feat:
Name, SCHOOL (Years) Career Points Career Assists
Gary Grant, MICH (1985-88) 2,222 731
Scott Skiles, MSU (1983-86) 2,145 645
Dee Brown, ILL (2003-06) 1,812 674
Mateen Cleaves, MSU (1997-2000) 1,541 816
Jeff Horner, IOWA (2003-06) 1,502 612
Demetri McCamey, ILL (2008- ) 1,410 611
Illinois has been proficient from 3-point range this season. The Illini are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game, the highest average since the 2004-05 team set a school record by averaging 8.8 threes per contest. Illinois is shooting 40.6 percent from behind the arc, its best effort since shooting 41.4 percent during the 1991-92season.
McCamey Named Cousy Award Nominee
Senior Demetri McCamey has been listed as a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. McCamey leads the Illini in scoring with an average of 15.8 points while ranking fourth in the NCAA in assists with an average of 7.2 assists per game.
The list of Cousy Award candidates will be narrowed to 20 on Jan. 3, then 10 on Feb. 3 and to five finalists on March 3. The winner will be presented at the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on April 4 in Houston as part of Final Four weekend.
Former Fighting Illini star Dee Brown received the Cousy Award in 2006.
Tisdale Scores 1,000; Davis Nearing 1,000 Points Mike Tisdale is the 43rd player in Illinois history to score 1,000 career points. Tisdale reached that milestone against Gonzaga on Dec. 4 when he made his third 3-pointer with 15:14 left in the game.
Tisdale (1,025 pts) joins Demetri McCamey (1,410 pts) as current Illini in the 1,000-point club. Next to join that group is fellow senior Mike Davis, who needs 21 points for 1,000. At his current season scoring average, Davis should reach the milestone by Dec. 29 at Iowa.
Last Time Out
UIC recorded one of its biggest wins in school history, defeating the Illini 57-54 on Saturday afternoon at the United Center. Illinois started slow, falling behind 14-5 less than five minutes into the game. After trailing by as many as 10, Illinois outscored the Flames 20-10 to tie it at 28-all at the half. However, the Illini again were slow to start, with the Flames opening the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 38-30 lead. Illinois then clamped down defensively, holding UIC without a field goal for 10:36. The Illini went on a 19-3 run during that span to take a 49-41 lead with less than six minutes remaining. But it was UIC who finished strong, holding the Illini without a basket over the final five minutes and outscoring the Orange and Blue16-3 down the stretch. An offensive rebound tip-in by UIC's Darrin Williams put the Flames ahead 55-54 with 23 seconds left and proved to be the game winner, snapping the Illini's seven-game win streak.
Illinois, which entered the game ranked in the top 25 nationally in field goal and 3-point field goal percentage, set season lows in both categories. The Illini shot just 32.7 percent from the field, including 23.5 percent from behind the arc. UIC, meanwhile, shot 45.5 percent and a season-high 46.7 percent from 3-point range. The Illini forced UIC into 21 turnovers and held a 20-to-8 edge in points off turnovers. Despite grabbing more offensive rebounds, the Illini were outscored 12-to-7 in second-chance points.
Demetri McCamey led the way with 16 points and six assists. D.J. Richardson added 13 points, extending his streak to five consecutive games in double figures.
The Illini bench has outscored the opposing bench in 10 of 12 games this season. The Illini reserves are averaging 24.5 points per game, outscoring the opponents' reserves by an average of 8.8 points per contest.
Turning Them Over
One of Illinois' goals entering the season was to force more turnovers, and so far it's working. Illinois has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in all but one game and is averaging 19.7 points per game off opponents' turnovers. The Illini also own an average advantage of 9.6 points per game in points off turnovers.
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