Monday, December 19, 2011

Illinois Athletics Game Notes for Cornell

Game #12 // #19/19 Illinois (10-1) vs. Cornell (4-4)

Dec. 19, 2011 // 7 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

Complete Illinois Game Notes

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TV: None
Internet Stream: - Anthony Calhoun, (Play-By-Play), Perry Clark (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
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Ticket Information
Illinois men's basketball tickets are currently available. Single-game tickets in C-level range from $22-$40. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-ILLINI-­1, or in person at the Assembly Hall North Ticket Office.

Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster for the Braggin' Rights game vs. Missouri in St. Louis (Dec. 22) and the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis (March 8-11). Those tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Probable Starters (from the previous game)

Pos. No. Name     Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other
G 0 Sam Maniscalco 6-0 180 Gr. 11.5 2.5 2.7 87.9% FT
G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 Jr. 14.2 3.0 1.7 41.9% 3FG
G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 Jr. 10.3 3.9 3.2 1.4 spg
F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 230 Jr. 7.4 4.7 0.7 22 off. reb.
C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-1 245 So. 12.8 7.1 1.3 2.4 bpg

Off the Bench

Pos. No. Name     Ht.  Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other
G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-So. 3.5 1.6 1.2 90.9% FT
G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 190 So. 1.3 0.7 1.3 10.4 mpg
G 13 Tracy Abrams 6-1 185 Fr. 2.8 2.2 1.5 13 off. reb.
F 15 Mike Shaw 6-8 230 Fr. 1.4 2.6 0.1 9.8 mpg
G/F 20 Myke Henry 6-6 230 Fr. 3.3 1.2 0.2 52.9% FG
G/F 21 Devin Langford 6-7 200 Fr.
F/C 23 Ibby Djimde 6-8 250 Fr. 0.6 1.1 0.0 1 FG
G 25 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Sr. 0.0 0.2 0.2 5 minutes
F/C 32 Nnanna Egwu 6-11 245 Fr. 2.6 1.9 0.5 1.1 bpg
G 44 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-So. 0.0 0.0 0.0 3 minutes

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 306-141/.685 (14th year)
At Illinois: 203-87/.700 (9th year)
Associate Head Coach: Wayne McClain (11th year)
Assistant Coaches: Jay Price (9th year), Jerrance Howard (5th year)
Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (9th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (4th year)

Opening Tip
Illinois looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season Saturday against UNLV at the United Center, returning home to face Cornell on Monday night at the Assembly Hall. It is Illinois' final non-conference home game. The Illini are 7-0 at home this season and have won 10 straight home games dating back to last season. Illinois owns a 14 game non-conference homecourt winning streak and has won 25 straight regular season non-conference home games.

Last Time Out
The Illini dropped their first game of the season, falling to UNLV 64-48 Saturday afternoon at the United Center. After shooting nearly 57 percent from the field and a season-high 45.5 percent from 3-point range vs. Coppin State, Illinois could not buy a basket against the Runnin' Rebels. The Illini shot just 25.4 percent overall (16-63), 28 percent from 3-point range (7-25) and made only 50 percent from the free throw line (9-18).

D.J. Richardson was the lone UI player in double figures. He scored 19 points and tied his career high with five 3-pointers. Richardson also set a career high with eight boards to lead the UI in rebounding as well.

Five on the Starting Five
D.J. Richardson
1. Leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.2 points.
2. Has increased his scoring average by 5.8 points over last year (8.4 ppg), when he was the UI's fifth-leading scorer.
3. Averaging 17.3 points (69) over the last four games, and has scored in double figures in all but two games.
4. Leads the Illini in 3-point shooting at 41.9 percent (31-74), and average of 2.8 threes per contest (second in Big Ten).
5. Only Illini playing more than 28 minutes per game (30.8 mpg).

Meyers Leonard
1. Leads the Illini in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and ranks second on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg).
2. One of three Big Ten players to increase his scoring average by more than 10 points over last year (+10.7), joining Penn State's Tim Frazier (+11.1) and Wisconsin's Ben Brust (+10.6).
3. Scored in double figures in seven games. Last season, he had a total of two games in double figures.
4. Ranks 14th in the NCAA in field goal shooting at 61.4 percent (54-88) and 27th in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 2.4 bpg.
5. Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 5.

Sam Maniscalco
1. Scoring average of 11.5 points ranks third on the team.
2. Leads Illini and ranks third in the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 87.9 percent (29-33).
3. Second on the team in 3-point field goals with 17.
4. Has logged 29+ minutes in six of the last seven games.
5. Registered his Illinois career-high of 24 points at Maryland (Nov. 29). Collegiate career high came at Bradley where he had 31 points vs. Creighton on March 5, 2010.

Brandon Paul
1. Fourth Illini scoring in double figures with average of 10.3 points.
2. Four-game streak scoring in double figures snapped Saturday vs. UNLV.
3. Season-high 17-point outings vs. St. Bonaventure (Dec. 7) and Maryland (Nov. 29).
4. Leads Illini in assists with 3.2 average.
5. Has made 50 trips to the free throw line this season, third-highest total among Big Ten guards behind Penn State's Tim Frazier (82 FTA) and Purdue's Lewis Jackson (59 FTA).

Tyler Griffey
1. Averaging 7.4 points and 4.7 boards, more than tripling his scoring and rebounding averages from last season (1.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 2010-11).
2. Shooting 55.3 percent from the field over the last six games (21-38).
3. Leads the Illini with 22 offensive rebounds.
4. Illinois is 14-1 in games he has started during his career (10-1 this season, 4-0 in 2009-10).
5. Has scored in double figures three times this year after totaling three double-figure scoring games over his first two seasons.

Assembly Hall: The House of 'Paign
Illinois carries an active 10-game winning-streak at the Assembly Hall, which includes a 14-game winning streak versus non-conference opponents and a 25-game winning streak in the regular season against non-conference foes.

Illinois went 14-2 at the Assembly Hall last season, recording the team's best homecourt record in five years. The last time the Illini had fewer than two home losses was in 2006, the last of a seven-year run when the Illini either went undefeated or lost just one home game per season.

The Illini have put together one of the best homecourt records in the nation over the last 12-plus seasons, owning a record of 162-25 at The Hall. The Illini also are 111-23 (.828) at The Hall during Bruce Weber's tenure.

Illinois Team Notes
• Four players carry a double-figure scoring average, while 10 players are averaging at least nine minutes.
• Illinois ranks 20th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing an average of 57.2 points.
• Illinois' defense is holding teams to combined 38.4 percent shooting, ranking 34th in the NCAA. Only one opponent (Gonzaga) has topped 44 percent from the field.
• Illinois has held four opponents to less than 50 points at the Assembly Hall.
• Illinois carries a 25-game regular season non-conference winning streak at the Assembly Hall.
• The Illini have outrebounded eight of 11 opponents and own a +4.2 rebound margin.
• Out of 11 games, seven different players have led the team in rebounding while five different players have led the team in scoring.
• The Illini used a different starting lineup in each of the first three games. However, the lineup the UI debuted in that third game has now started nine straight contests.

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