#14/14 ILLINOIS (4-2) F - 40 James Augustine (So., 6-10, 225, 11.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg), F - 43 Roger Powell (Jr., 6-6, 220, 14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), C - 45 Nick Smith (Jr.-r, 7-2, 240, 6.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), G - 5 Deron Williams (So., 6-3, 210, 14.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 7.0 apg), G - 11 Dee Brown (So., 6-0, 175, 13.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg)
Off The Bench ... C - 1 Aaron Spears (Fr.-r, 6-9, 260, 3.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg), G - 4 Luther Head (Jr., 6-3, 175, 7.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg), G - 25 Jerrance Howard (Sr.-r, 6-1, 200, 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg), G - 33 Richard McBride (Fr., 6-3, 210, 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg), F - 41 Warren Carter (Fr., 6-9, 205, 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg), F - 42 Brian Randle (Fr., 6-8, 200, 5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg), C - 50 Jack Ingram (Jr.-r, 6-10, 240, 3.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Series History - Maryland-Eastern Shore- First Meeting
Coach Thomas Trotter, was an assistant coach at New Mexico State under former Illini coach Lou Henson from 1998-2000 before moving to UMES.
Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Overall Record: 107-56/.656 (6th year) Big Ten: 0-0 At Illinois: 4-2 (1st year) Vs., Maryland-Eastern Shore: first meeting Assistant Coaches: Chris Lowery (1st year), Wayne McClain (3rd year), Jay Price (1st year) Assistant to the head coach: Gary, Nottingham (1st year) Trainer: Al Martindale (21st year at Illinois),
Maryland-Eastern Shore Head Coach: Thomas Trotter
Overall Record: 28-58 (4th season) At UMES: same Vs. Illinois: first meeting
Assistant Coaches: Paris Parham, Brian Kusnierz, Steve Golston
Illinois is 41-1 (.976) at the Assembly Hall over the last three-plus years, with the only loss coming to Michigan State in 2002 ... Since then, the Illini have won 19 straight at the Hall ... Illinois is 53-2 (.964) at the Assembly Hall over the past four-plus seasons, the best home record in the nation over that period ...The Illini have won 28 in a row at the Assembly Hall against non-conference opponents.
Top 25 Streak Continues
Illinois is ranked 14th in the current (Dec. 8) ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, extending its streak to 63 consecutive polls in which the Illini have been ranked. Illinois is also ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25 poll. The Illini had a school record-streak of 30 straight polls in the Top 10 snapped in January, 2002, but has never dropped out of the Coaches' Top 25 the last three-plus seasons.
Last Time Out
Illinois played perhaps its worst game in several seasons in dropping a 70-51 decision to Providence at Madison Square Garden Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic. Illinois led 30-26 at halftime, but were outscored by the Friars 46-21 in the second half, with the Illini shooting just 31 percent from the field in the second half. For the game, Illinois shot a season-low 41.1 percent and committed a season-high 22 turnovers. James Augustine turned in another strong performance with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Illinois' 2003 Big Ten Tournament title was the school's first in the six-year history of the tourney ... In 2002-03, Illini opponents shot .377 from the field, which ranked second in the nation and was the lowest opponent field-goal percentage by UI opponents since 1955-56 (.352) ... Since 1956, the only other Illini squad to hold opponents to less than 40 percent shooting was the 2001 squad (.386) ... Illini opponents also shot just .309 from three-point range, the second-lowest in school history (record is .308 in 2000) ... Dee Brown's 159 assists in 2003 were seventh-most in a season in school history.