2008–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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2008–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
2008–09 record 24–10 (11–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Bruce Weber
Assistant coach Wayne McClain
Assistant coach Jay Price
Assistant coach Jerrance Howard
MVP Chester Frazier
Captain Chester Frazier
Trent Meacham
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Michigan State 15 3   .833     31 7   .816
#17 Purdue 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
Illinois 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
Penn State 10 8   .556     27 11   .711
Ohio State 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Minnesota 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Iowa 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Indiana 1 17   .056     6 25   .194
2009 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Bruce Weber's sixth season at Illinois.

Roster[edit]

2008–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 1 Meacham, TrentTrent Meacham (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr Champaign, IL
G 3 Frazier, ChesterChester Frazier (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Baltimore, MD
G 13 Jordan, JeffreyJeffrey Jordan 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Highland Park, IL
G 15 Chisholm, BubbaBubba Chisholm 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Champaign, IL
C 21 Simpson, StanStan Simpson Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Fr Chicago, IL
F 23 Keller, DominiqueDominique Keller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Port Arthur, TX
F 24 Davis, MikeMike Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Alexandria, VA
G 25 Brock, CalvinCalvin Brock 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Chicago, IL
F 30 Cole, BillBill Cole 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Peoria, IL
G 32 McCamey, DemetriDemetri McCamey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Bellwood, IL
G 33 Legion, AlexAlex Legion 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Detroit, MI
F 34 Jackson, C. J.C. J. Jackson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 265 lb (120 kg) RS Jr Buena Vista, GA
C 50 Semrau, RichardRichard Semrau 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Grafton, OH
C 54 Tisdale, MikeMike Tisdale 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Riverton, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

2008 Recruiting Class[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Stan Simpson
C
Chicago, IL Simeon Career Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 15, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Dominique Keller
PF
Port Arthur, TX Lee College 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Mar 10, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: Not Ranked   Rivals: Not Ranked
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
11/14/08*
8:30pm, Big Ten Network.com
Eastern Washington W 66–50  1–0
Assembly Hall (14,442)
Champaign, IL
11/16/08*
4:30pm, Big Ten Network.com
Texas A&M-CC W 72–53  2–0
Assembly Hall (14,394)
Champaign, IL
11/20/08*
7:00pm, FSN
at Vanderbilt W 69–63  3–0
Memorial Gymnasium (12,630)
Nashville, TN
11/23/08*
3:00pm, BTN
Jackson State W 78–64  4–0
Assembly Hall (13,865)
Champaign, IL
11/28/08*
5:00pm, Fox College Sports
vs. Kent State
South Padre Island Invitational
W 69–63 OT 5–0
South Padre Island, TX (1,423)
 
11/29/08*
7:30pm, Fox College Sports
vs. Tulsa
South Padre Island Invitational
W 48–44  6–0
South Padre Island, TX (1,712)
 
12/02/08*
6:30pm, ESPN2
Clemson
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 74–76  6–1
Assembly Hall (14,741)
Champaign, IL
12/06/08*
11:00am, ESPNU
vs. Georgia W 76–42  7–1
United Center (12,139)
Chicago, IL
12/08/08*
7:00pm, BTN
Hawaii W 68–58  8–1
Assembly Hall (14,303)
Champaign, IL
12/10/08*
7:00pm, BTN
Chicago State W 89–50  9–1
Assembly Hall (14,101)
Champaign, IL
12/20/08*
7:00pm, BTN
Detroit W 82–51  10–1
Assembly Hall (14,594)
Champaign, IL
12/23/08*
6:30pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 25 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 75–59  11–1
Scottrade Center (19,586)
St. Louis, MO
12/28/08*
1:00pm, BTN
Eastern Michigan W 62–53  12–1
Assembly Hall (16,288)
Champaign, IL
12/30/08
6:00pm, ESPN2
at No. 9 Purdue W 71–67 OT 13–1 (1–0)
Mackey Arena (14,036)
West Lafayette, IN
01/04/09
11:00am, BTN
at No. 23 Michigan L 64–74  13–2 (1–1)
Crisler Arena (12,912)
Ann Arbor, MI
01/10/09
2:00pm, BTN
Indiana W 76–45  14–2 (2–1)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
01/14/09
7:30pm, BTN
No. 25 Michigan W 66–51  15–2 (3–1)
Assembly Hall (15,535)
Champaign, IL
01/17/09
3:00pm, ESPN
at No. 7 Michigan State L 57–63  15–3 (3–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
01/20/09
6:00pm, ESPN
No. 25 Ohio State W 67–49  16–3 (4–2)
Assembly Hall (15,549)
Champaign, IL
01/24/09
3:00pm, ESPN
No. 25 Wisconsin W 64–57  17–3 (5–2)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
01/29/09
8:00pm, BTN
No. 19 at Minnesota L 36–59  17–4 (5–3)
Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
02/01/09
1:00pm, BTN
No. 19 Iowa W 62–54  18–4 (6–3)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
02/05/09
8:00pm, ESPN
No. 23 at Wisconsin L 63–50  18–5 (6–4)
Kohl Center (17,230)
Madison, WI
02/08/09
12:00pm, CBS
No. 23 No. 12 Purdue W 66–48  19–5 (7–4)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
02/12/09
8:00pm, ESPN2
No. 22 at Northwestern W 60–59  20–5 (8–4)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
02/15/09
12:00pm, CBS
No. 22 at Indiana W 65–52  21–5 (9–4)
Assembly Hall (17,346)
Bloomington, IN
02/18/09
6:00pm, BTN
No. 18 Penn State L 33–38  21–6 (9–5)
Assembly Hall (16,200)
Champaign, IL
02/22/09
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 18 at Ohio State W 70–68  22–6 (10–5)
Value City Arena (19,049)
Columbus, OH
02/26/09
6:00pm, BTN
No. 20 Minnesota W 52–41  23–6 (11–5)
Assembly Hall (16,395)
Champaign, IL
03/01/09
4:00pm, CBS
No. 20 No. 9 Michigan State L 66–74  23–7 (11–6)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
03/05/09
9:00pm, ESPN/ESPN2
No. 23 at Penn State L 64–63  23–8 (11–7)
Bryce Jordan Center (13,091)
University Park, PA
Big Ten Tournament
03/13/09
6:30pm, BTN
vs. Michigan
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal
W 60–50  24–8 (12–7)
Conseco Fieldhouse (14,647)
Indianapolis, IN
03/14/09
4:30pm, CBS
vs. No. 24 Purdue
Big Ten Tournament Semifinal
L 66–56  24–9 (12–8)
Conseco Fieldhouse (15,728)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
03/19/09
9:30pm, CBS
vs. Western Kentucky
First Round
L 76–72  24–10 (12–8)
Rose Garden (17,169)
Portland, OR
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Season Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals  High  Team high
Individual Player Statistics[1]
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
McCamey, Demetri 34 32 1040 30.6 391 11.5 140 341 .411 56 179 .313 55 72 .764 11 79 90 2.6 156 83 7 32
Davis, Mike 34 34 1045 30.7 383 11.3 171 321 .533 0 0 .000 41 60 .683 60 215 275 8.1 67 51 22 23
Tisdale, Mike 34 34 841 24.7 346 10.2 147 277 .531 1 5 .200 51 64 .797 44 91 135 4.0 19 47 48 11
Meacham, Trent 34 34 1046 30.8 346 10.2 114 270 .422 69 164 .421 49 58 .845 8 76 84 2.5 92 36 4 31
Keller, Dominique 34 0 428 12.6 202 5.9 86 165 .521 9 22 .409 21 32 .656 29 50 79 2.3 7 30 18 10
Frazier, Chester 31 31 1029 33.2 178 5.7 60 134 .448 26 68 .382 32 48 .667 41 107 148 4.8 164 68 9 43
Brock, Calvin 34 5 593 17.4 180 5.3 73 164 .445 7 23 .304 27 43 .628 43 66 109 3.2 31 37 6 24
Legion, Alex 22 0 244 11.1 77 3.5 28 97 .289 12 50 .240 9 12 .750 9 23 32 1.5 11 18 1 8
Cole, Bill 17 0 76 4.5 27 1.6 9 25 .360 6 16 .375 3 9 .333 5 8 13 0.8 4 2 3 1
Semrau, Richard 21 0 190 9.0 29 1.4 13 28 .464 0 0 .000 3 7 .429 10 22 32 1.5 6 15 2 5
Jordan, Jeff 33 0 278 8.4 32 1.0 14 32 .438 1 3 .333 3 8 .375 3 9 12 0.4 33 13 1 6
Jackson, C.J. 13 0 22 1.7 9 0.7 3 3 1.000 0 0 .000 3 4 .750 4 2 6 0.5 1 5 1 2
Chisholm, Bubba 14 0 18 1.3 4 0.3 1 8 .125 1 7 .143 1 2 .500 0 1 1 0.1 4 1 0 3
Team 53 58 111 14
Total 34 6850 2204 64.8 859 1865 .461 188 537 .350 298 419 .711 320 807 1127 33.1 595 420 122 199
Opponents 34 6851 1944 57.2 730 1847 .395 173 584 .296 311 493 .631 392 739 1131 33.3 396 467 80 196

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