Illinois Game Notes vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 27, 2008
Champaign, Ill. -
FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
On the Air
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
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Eastern Michigan Head Coach: Charles E. Ramsey
Series Notes: Eastern Michigan
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
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 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
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