Illinois Game Notes vs. Xavier
Dec. 26, 2006
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Illini Probable Starters
Off the Bench
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Xavier Head Coach: Sean Miller
Series Notes: Xavier
In the most recent win over Idaho State, the Illini guards (Jamar Smith, Chester Frazier, Rich McBride, Calvin Brock and Trent Meacham) combined for 76.1 percent of the offense, scoring 54 of 71 points.
Prior to the Idaho State game, Illinois' starting frontcourt (forwards Warren Carter and Brian Randle and center Shaun Pruitt) combined to average 42.5 points in wins over Belmont (Dec. 17) and Missouri (Dec. 19), accounting for 57 percent of Illinois' offense (85 of 150 pts).
Illinois' Jamar Smith is the highest scoring non-starting player in the Big Ten. Smith ranks second on the team, averaging 12.8 points per game off the bench. Smith has averaged 19.0 points over the last two games.
Illinois is a balanced offensive club, with three players averaging double figures and eight members of the roster averaging at least 7.9 points per game.
Six different players have been Illinois' leading scorer in a game this season (Warren Carter-5, Shaun Pruitt-3, Jamar Smith-2, Trent Meacham-2, Rich McBride-1, Chester Frazier-1).
Over his last 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). Carter did not play vs. Idaho State on Dec. 21 due to a hip injury.
Chester Frazier ranks second in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA (as of Dec. 17) in assists with an average of 6.1 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 10th in the conference in rebounding, averaging 6.5 rpg, and ninth in blocks, averaging 1.3 bpg.
Jamar Smith is shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range, hitting 25-54 from behind the arc on the season. He has four games with at least four 3-pointers, making five treys in the season opener vs. Austin Peay (Nov. 13), a perfect 5-5 from 3-point land vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6), four 3s vs. Missouri (Dec. 19) and five treys vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21).
Shaun Pruitt has scored in double figures in 10 of 14 games this season and is third on the team in scoring at 11.6 ppg. He had 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Maryland (Nov. 28) and scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting vs. Missouri (Dec. 19).
Over the past 11 games, Chester Frazier has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.68 (67 assists/25 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 12 of 14 games.
Trent Meacham ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (25-50). 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 (.583, 67-115) and is tied for sixth in rebounding (6.9 rpg).
Illinois has scored over 70 points in 12 of 14 games and is averaging 74.9 points on the season (4th in Big Ten).
Illinois is outscoring its opponent by an average of 16.4 points (3rd in Big Ten, 20th in NCAA as of Dec. 18).
Illinois has shot better than 45 percent in nine of 14 games, topping 50 percent six times, and is shooting 47.3 percent from the field (370-783) on the season (5th in Big Ten).
Illinois has shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in six games and is shooting 39.6 percent from behind the arc (116-293) on the season (3rd in Big Ten).
The Illini are second in the Big Ten in 3-pointers, making an average of 8.3 per game (116 total).
Illinois has outrebounded 11 of 14 opponents and is outrebounding its opponent by an average of 9.6 boards (2nd in Big Ten, 12th in NCAA as of Dec. 17).
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in total rebounds (38.3 rpg) and leads the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (14.5 rpg).
Illinois is holding its opponents to an average of just 58.5 points (4th in Big Ten, 21st in NCAA as of Dec. 18) on 40.5 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.
Last Time Out: Idaho State
Weber Records 100th Illinois Win;Fastest Coach in Big Ten History to Win 100 Games
Coach, School Number of Games
Illini Retain Braggin' Rights For Seventh Straight Year
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.
Illini Continue United Center Dominance
Weber Records 200th Career Win
Weber had totaled 192 wins entering the 2006-07 season, which ranked as the third most wins in NCAA history by a coach after his first eight seasons.
Illini By the Numbers Under Weber
101-18: Illinois' overall record under Weber, a winning percentage of .849.
50-3: Illinois' record at the Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of .943.
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.
88-13: Illinois' record in regular season games under Weber, a winning percentage of .871.
49-4: Illinois' record in regular season non-conference games under Weber, a winning percentage of .925.
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
Randle scored 10 points against both Belmont (Dec. 17) and Missouri (Dec. 19) and had a season-high 11 vs. Idaho State on Dec. 21.
Randle is averaging 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds on the season, is shooting 60 percent from the field (18-30) and has made 4-7 from 3-point range.
Carter Aiming High As A Senior
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 (Dec. 17).
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 10th 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 his last six games, Carter is averaging 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent.
He suffered a hip injury at the end of the Missouri game and did not play against Idaho State on Dec. 21.
Frazier On Point
Frazier has scored in double figures in nine 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.
Frazier most recently scored 13 points on 4-6 shooting from 3-point range against Idaho State on Dec. 21.
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 28 turnovers over the past 12 games (2.3 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 11 games is 2.64 (67 assists/25 turnovers).
Pruitt A Consistent Contributor
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 with 13 points vs. Belmont (Dec. 17).
He then scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting and had a game-high nine boards vs. Missouri (Dec. 19).
Pruitt leads the Illini and is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 6.9 boards and has been an efficient scorer, shooting 58.3 percent from the field (67-115) to rank fourth in the Big Ten.
Smith Is Instant Offense
Smith scored 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 scored 17 points in the win over Missouri (Dec. 19) and had a season-high 21 points vs. Idaho State (Dec. 21) in his last outing.
Smith has totaled 25 three-pointers in eight games (3.1 avg.) and is shooting 46.3 percent (25-54) from behind the arc on the season. He would rank second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage, 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
McBride has started eight of 10 games on the season and ranks fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.8 points. He is also averaging 2.3 assists while playing 30 minutes per game, second on the team behind Chester Frazier.
Brock Stepping Up
After scoring eight vs. Bradley (Nov. 25), Brock was back in double figures with 11 points vs. Maryland (Nov. 28). He had eight points and eight rebounds vs. Arizona (Dec. 2) and played a great all-around game vs. IUPUI (Dec. 6) with 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Brock was credited by coach Weber as the catalyst in Illinois' victory over Idaho State on Dec. 21.
The Illini trailed by six points midway through the second half before Brock started a rally that brought Illinois ahead for good. In just 15 minutes, Brock scored seven points on 3-3 shooting and had a team-high seven rebounds.
Brock has started nine of 14 games this season, ranking seventh on the team in scoring with an average of 8.8 points. He is shooting 54.1 percent (53-98) from the floor (sixth in Big Ten). and is averaging 2.1 assists. Brock is third on the Illini in rebounding, averaging 5.4 boards and is second with 35 offensive rebounds.
After an injury to Jamar Smith in the season opener vs. Austin Peay, Meacham found himself in the starting lineup just two days later, playing all 40 minutes vs. Jackson State (Nov. 15), scoring eight points with a career-high six assists.
Meacham was Illinois' leading scorer for two straight games with 19 points vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) followed by a career-high 24 points vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 19). He tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with eight vs. FAMU en route to his 24 points.
He was back in double figures against IUPUI (Dec. 6), scoring 12 points.
Meacham ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 50 percent (25-50), is averaging 7.9 points on the season and is third on the team in assists (2.2 apg).
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