Illinois Basketball Game Notes

Jan. 10, 2008 8 p.m. CT ESPN Madison, Wis. Kohl Center (17,190) ESPN Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Steve Lavin, expert analyst; Erin Andrews, sideline reporter.

Illinois Starters

F 42 Brian Randle

C 55 Shaun Pruitt

G 25 Calvin Brock

G 32 Demetri McCamey

G 3 Chester Frazier

Series Notes: Wisconsin

Illinois leads the all-time series 106-70 over Wisconsin, but the Badgers lead 50-38 in games played in Madison. After four straight Illini wins in the series, the Badgers have won the last two match-ups. The Illini have been victorious in their last two trips to Madison, winning in 2005 and 2006. Illinois is the only Big Ten school to defeat Wisconsin at the Kohl Center during Bo Ryan's tenure.

The teams will meet again in Champaign on Feb. 20.

Tough Road

After concluding a four-game homestand, Illinois is now on the road for four of its next five games. The Illini play at Wisconsin Thursday and at Indiana Sunday. After a home game vs. Michigan on Jan. 16, the Illini hit the road again for games at Purdue (Jan. 19) and at Ohio State (Jan. 22).

Illinois owns a record of 17-16 vs. Top 25 teams under Weber. The Wisconsin and Indiana games mark the first time Illinois will play ranked teams in back-to-back games since Jan. 20 and 23, 2006, when the Illini faced the same two programs, hosting the 2nd-ranked Badgers (L, 71-64) and 23rd-ranked Hoosiers (W, 51-43).

The last time Illinois played consecutive games on the road against ranked opponents was nine years ago -- Jan. 3 and 7, 1999 -- at No. 8 Indiana (L, 62-53) and at No. 17 Iowa (L, 84-62).

Oh So Close

In five of its seven losses, Illinois has either led, been tied or trailed by no more than two points with less than two minutes remaining Illinois has led during the second half in four of its seven losses. Five of Illinois seven losses have been by eight points or less Illinois is 3-5 on the year in games decided by less than nine points.

Illini Notes

Eight different players have been the Illinois' leading scorer in a game this season (Brian Randle-5, Shaun Pruitt-3, Trent Meacham-3, Calvin Brock-1, Rodney Alexander-1, Demetri McCamey-1, Mike Tisdale-1, Chester Frazier-1) Losing streaks have been extremely rare during Bruce Weber's five-year tenure at Illinois. This is only the second time under Weber that the Illini have lost three straight games. The program has never lost more than three in a row under Weber and has dropped back-to-back games just four times.

Illinois has not allowed an opponent to score 80 or more points in 41 consecutive games. The last team to do so was Arizona on Dec. 2, 2006 (84 points).

Demetri McCamey is averaging 11.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field and 42.1 percent from 3-point range over the last four games.

Chester Frazier has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5 over the last four games (20 a/8 to).

Shaun Pruitt is averaging 13.7 points (82) and shooting 59.6 percent over the last six games (31-52).

Information by U of I Press Release.


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