Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Eastern Michigan

 
Mike Davis and the Illini take on Eastern Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at the Assembly Hall.
Mike Davis and the Illini take on Eastern Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at the Assembly Hall.
 

Dec. 27, 2008

Champaign, Ill. -

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FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #13: Illinois (11-1) vs. Eastern Michigan (2-9)
Dec. 28, 2008 // 1 p.m. CT // BTN
Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

On the Air
Television

BTN: Mark Neely, play-by-play; Trent Tucker, expert analyst

Radio
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     13.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.8 apg
G - 1	Trent Meacham     r-Sr., 6-2, 195   11.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.6 apg
G - 3	Chester Frazier   Sr., 6-2, 195     6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.4 spg
F - 24	Mike Davis        So., 6-9, 210     13.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.7 apg
C - 54	Mike Tisdale      So., 7-1, 235     10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Off the Bench G - 13 Jeff Jordan So., 6-1, 185 1.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.3 apg G - 15 Bubba Chisholm Jr., 5-11, 180 0.6 ppg, 0.1 rpg C - 21 Stan Simpson Fr., 6-9, 220 considering redshirt F - 23 Dominique Keller Jr., 6-7, 230 6.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg G - 25 Calvin Brock r-Sr., 6-5, 200 4.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg F - 30 Bill Cole So., 6-9, 215 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg G - 33 Alex Legion So., 6-5, 200 3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg F - 34 C.J. Jackson r-Jr., 6-8, 265 1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg C - 50 Richard Semrau r-So., 6-10, 240 2.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 242-102/.703 (11th year)
At Illinois: 139-48/.743 (6th year)
Big Ten: 53-29/.646
Vs. Eastern Michigan: 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)

Eastern Michigan Head Coach: Charles E. Ramsey
Overall Record: 36-66/.353 (4th year)
At Eastern Michigan: Same
Vs. Illinois: 0-0

Series Notes: Eastern Michigan
This is the first-ever meeting between Illinois and Eastern Michigan.

Opening Tips
• Illinois defeated Missouri on Tuesday in the 28th annual Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis. It marked the Illini's ninth straight win in the series, setting a school record for consecutive Braggin' Rights wins. Senior Trent Meacham scored a season-high 23 points while the UI's trio of sophomore starters -- Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale -- combined for 45 points on 20-of-28 shooting (71.4 percent).

• With assists on 71.3 percent of its baskets this season, Illinois leads the nation in assist percentage. The Illini rank fifth in the NCAA with 19.9 assists per game. Illinois also ranks 11th nationally with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of +1.4.

• Illinois leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 49.3 percent on the year. The Illini rank second in the conference, meanwhile, in scoring margin at +16.1 ppg.

• Illinois is shooting 53.4 percent from the field over the last six games (181-339) and 46.5 percent from 3-point range over the last five games (40-86).

• Illinois has won 15 of its last 17 games dating back to the end of last season.

• Illinois recorded its 11th win of the 2008-09 season in its most recent game vs. Missouri on Dec. 23. Last season, the Illini did not get win No. 11 until Feb. 12.

• Four Illini are scoring in double figures, while six players are averaging at least six points per game.

• Just 12 games into the season, six different players have been the Illini's leading scorer in a game.

• Illinois has not trailed at halftime this season.

• Illinois ranks 11th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 56.1 ppg.

• Illini opponents are averaging just 52.0 points over the last five games (260), with all five teams scoring less than 60 points.

• In the latest NCAA statistical rankings released on Dec. 22, Chester Frazier ranks 11th in the nation in assists and 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio. He leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.8 apg, and is third in the league with an a/to ratio of +3.0.

Mike Davis leads the Big Ten in double-doubles this season with four, and ranks second in the league in rebounding, averaging 8.3 boards. Davis has been the Illini's top rebounder in 10 of 12 games.

• Clemson is the only team to score more than 64 points against the Illini this year.

• Only two opponents have shot better than 45 percent against the Illini this season (Clemson and Hawaii).

• Illinois has scored more bench points than the opposition in nine of 12 games.

Mike Tisdale has averaged 17.3 points (52) and 7.0 rebounds (21) over the last three games while shooting a combined 64.7 percent from the floor (22-34).

Trent Meacham has averaged 17.3 points (52) on 55.2 percent shooting (16-29) and 52.6 percent 3-point shooting (10-19) over the last three games.

Demetri McCamey averaged 20.5 points in Illinois' four non-conference games vs. BCS schools (23 vs. Vanderbilt, 20 vs. Clemson and Missouri and 19 vs. Georgia).

• Illinois is 68-11 (.861) in regular season non-conference games under Weber.

Illini Aiming For Third-Best Non-Conference Record Under Weber
Illinois carries an 11-1 record into its final non-conference game on Sunday. A win over Eastern Michigan would give the Illini a 12-1 mark heading into Big Ten play, which would be the third-best non-conference mark by the Illini under Weber and the program's best record entering league play in three years. Here is a look at Illinois' regular season non-conference records under Weber:

Year     Non-Conf.   Conf.   Postseason  Total
2003-04    9-2       13-3       4-2      26-7
2004-05    14-0      15-1       8-1      37-2
2005-06    14-0      11-5       1-2      26-7
2006-07    12-3      9-7        2-2      23-12
2007-08    8-5       5-13       3-1      16-19
2008-09    11-1                          11-1
Total      68-11     53-29      18-8     139-48

Another Year of Braggin' Rights
Illinois brought home the Braggin' Rights trophy for a school-record ninth straight year, dominating Missouri from start to finish in a 75-59 victory Tuesday night in St. Louis. Illinois jumped out to a double-digit lead nine minutes into the game, led 40-22 at halftime, and enjoyed a 64-40 advantage with six minutes remaining before settling for the final 16-point margin.

Illinois controlled the tempo and played excellent defense once again against the Tigers, holding Missouri to a season-low 59 points, more than 27 points below its season average and marking the first time Mizzou has scored less than 71 points on the season. The Tigers also shot a season-low 37.1 percent (23-62), its first game this season shooting less than 41 percent.

Trent Meacham was one of four Illini in double figures, scoring a game-high 23 points. Demetri McCamey had 20 points, including 18 in the first half, while Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale added 13 and 12, respectively.

Illini Enter Top 25 of ESPN.com Power Rankings
Illinois has received votes in the last five Associated Press polls. And following the rout of Missouri on Tuesday night, Illinois made its first appearance in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings, released on Friday. The Illini check in at No. 25 in the rankings, which compiles the lists from 10 voters affiliated with the network. Four of the voters had the Illini in their Top 25, led by Pat Forde, who put the Illini at No. 14. Fran Fraschilla had Illinois at No. 16, Hubert Davis had the UI at No. 22, and Dick Vitale ranked the Illini No. 25.

For complete set of Illinois men's basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.

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