Illinois State Travels to Dayton for a Matchup on Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Jackie Carmichael

Jackie Carmichael

Dec. 18, 2012

 Illinois State at Dayton | Dayton, Ohio
 Date  Wednesday, December 19
 Location
 Dayton, Ohio
 Tipoff
 6:00 p.m. (CT)
 Arena
 UD Arena
 Capacity
 13,400
 TV  Comcast SportsNet Chicago
(Mike Hartsock - Play-by-Play | Derrick Dukes - Analyst)
 Radio  WJBC AM-1230 (Dick Luedke - Play-by-Play | Mike Matthews - Analyst)
 Live Stats  Stat Broadcast
 Game Notes  Illinois State Notes | Dayton Notes
 Gameday Central  Illinois State Gameday Central
QUICK HITS ABOUT #REDBIRDHOOPS
  • Illinois State is the only team in the nation to have three different players score 30 points in games this season.
  • The Redbirds feature the highest-scoring offense in the Missouri Valley Conference, averaging a league-best 81.5 points per game.
  • ISU's field goal percentage (50.8 percent) ranks second in the Valley.
  • Illinois State's success this season has been based on 70 points. If the Redbirds reach 70, they win. If not, they lose. ISU is 7-0 when scoring 70 or more and 0-3 when scoring less.
  • The Redbirds are 7-0 when they force more turnovers than their opponent, and 0-3 when they commit more turnovers than their opponent this year.
  • ISU has led at halftime in nine out of 10 games this season. The Redbirds only trailed at Drexel on Nov. 15.
  • Jackie Carmichael ranks second in the Valley with 17.6 points averaged per game, followed by Tyler Brown who ranks third in the league with 17.5 points per game.
  • Jackie Carmichael ranks first in the Valley with 2.6 blocked shots averaged per game.
  • Kaza Keane ranks second in the Valley with 5.2 assists averaged per game.
  • First-year head coach Dan Muller became the 19th men's basketball coach in ISU history when he was hired May 8, 2012. Muller, a Percy Family Hall of Famer who helped the Redbirds to four-straight postseason appearances and a 91-37 record as a player from 1994-98, replaced Tim Jankovich, who resigned from ISU to accept a position at Southern Methodist.
  • Illinois State is in its 43rd season as a NCAA Division I program, and during that time, the Redbirds have only had eight losing seasons.
  • Illinois State earned a berth to a postseason tournament for the 18th time last season with a National Invitational Tournament bid, marking the 12th spot in the NIT field, including NIT berths in four of the last five seasons.

    ABOUT THE DAYTON FLYERS

  • The University of Dayton is located in Dayton, Ohio, and has an enrollment of 11,186. The Flyers compete at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
  • The Flyers finished 20-13 last season with a 9-7 Atlantic 10 record. Dayton advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), where the Flyers lost in the opening round at Iowa, 84-75.
  • This is the sixth meeting between Illinois State and Dayton, with the Flyers leading the all-time series, 4-1. The last matchup between ISU and UD was Mar. 17, 2010 in the NIT, with Dayton winning, 63-42. The Redbirds lone victory against the Flyers came on Dec. 6, 1993 at Redbird Arena, with ISU winning, 75-62.

    THREE-for-30
    Senior forward Jackie Carmichael's career-high 30-point performance in Illinois State's win over Morgan State Sunday afternoon marked the third time a Redbird has scored 30 or more points in a single game so far this season. The other 30-plus point efforts were from Bryant Allen (30 points versus UAB on Nov. 23) and Tyler Brown (36 points versus Northwestern on Nov. 24). Illinois State is the only program in the country which has had three different players score 30 or more points this season.

    DEFENDING THE NEST
    With Illinois State's 87-68 win against Morgan State Sunday afternoon, the Redbirds are now 5-1 at home this season and 20-4 over their last 24 games played on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. This year, ISU is out-scoring its opponents at home, 517-to-390, a +21.2 scoring margin. ISU is averaging a blistering 86.2 points per game at Redbird Arena, compared to 65.0 averaged by the visiting opposition.

    THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 70
    Illinois State's success this season has been based on 70 points. If the Redbirds reach 70, they win. If not, they lose. ISU is 7-0 when scoring 70 or more and 0-3 when scoring less than 70.86.2 points per game at Redbird Arena, compared to 65.0 averaged by the visiting opposition.

    KING OF THE HILL
    Sophomore guard Johnny Hill, who averaged just 7.4 minutes per game last season, has been a vital part of ISU's success this year. After point guard Kaza Keane was sidelined with an ankle injury, Hill stepped up to make his first three career starts, and over the last four games, he has led ISU with 26 assists (6.5 per game), seven steals (1.8 per game) and an average of 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.

    FORCE TURNOVERS, WIN GAMES
    The Redbirds are 7-0 this season when they force more turnovers than their opposition, and 0-3 when they commit more turnovers. This stat held true Sunday, as Illinois State forced 24 turnovers while committing 16 in Sunday's win over Morgan State.

    FIRST HALF FRENZY
    Illinois State has dominated in the first half of nearly every game this season. The Redbirds have led at halftime in nine out of their first 10 games, with the only exception being a 43-37 deficit at Drexel. ISU has outscored its opponents in the first half 401-to-295, which breaks down to a game average of 40.1 ISU first-half points compared to 29.5 opponent first-half points.

    CLOSING IN ON THE BLOCKS RECORD
    With a career-high six blocked shots in the win over Western Michigan on Dec. 8, ISU senior forward Jackie Carmichael pulled within five blocks of the career blocked shots record. Carmichael, who did not register a block against Morgan State on Sunday, now has 155 blocks, which puts him just five blocks away from tying the record of 160 set by Greg Dilligard, who played from 2003-07. Carmichael already has 23 blocks through the first 10 games.

    THE 700 CLUB
    ISU forward Jackie Carmichael is one of just 11 Redbirds in program history to collect 700 or more rebounds. Carmichael grabbed his 700th board in the win against Western Michigan on Dec. 8. He now has 709 career rebounds and ranks 10th on the career rebounding list.

    DOWNTOWN BROWN
    Illinois State senior guard Tyler Brown ranks third in the Missouri Valley Conference with 17.5 points averaged per game, and he ranks second in the league with 2.6 three-pointers averaged per contest. Brown has scored double figures in eight out of 10 games this season, with five 20-plus point performances. He was held to an uncharacteristic low total of two points, without a field goal in ISU's win over Morgan State on Sunday afternoon.

    THE FRENCH CONNECTION
    Illinois State senior forward John Wilkins recorded his two best games of the season in ISU's matchups against Wyoming (Dec. 4) and Western Michigan (Dec. 8). The Antibes, France native netted 12 against Wyoming and 16 on a career-best seven field goals versus Western Michigan. In both contests, Wilkins hit two three-pointers. He also scored seven points in Sunday's win over Morgan State, and Wilkins is averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.

    TEAM SCORING
    At least three Redbirds have netted double-figures in eight of ISU's 10 games this season. Four reached double-figures in the opener versus UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 12), five scored double-figures at Drexel, (Nov. 15), three tallied double-figures against Delaware State, (Nov. 18), four reached double-figures versus Fairleigh Dickinson, (Nov. 20), three scored double-figures against UAB, (Nov. 23), three netted double-figures against Wyoming (Dec. 4), three reached double-figures versus Western Michigan (Dec. 8) and three scored double-figures against Morgan State (Dec. 16). ISU is 7-1 when three or more players score in double-figures, and 0-2 when less than three net double-figures.

    THEY SAY IT'S BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE
    In the spirit of the holiday season, Illinois State is spreading the scoring cheer with a 179-to-149 (1.2) assist to turnover ratio through the first 10 games. ISU has teamed up for three 20-plus assists games this year, and sophomore Johnny Hill amassed a Redbird season-high 10 assists in the win over Western Michigan on Dec. 4.

    DEFENSIVE RESPONSE
    After suffering through a three-game losing streak, Illinois State bounced back with an 85-63 win against Western Michigan on Dec. 8, thanks in large part to ISU's dominant defense. The Redbirds teamed up to block 10 WMU shots, which tied ISU's single-game blocked shots record. ISU additionally recorded seven steals versus the Broncos, while Western Michigan was limited to two blocks and two steals.


     

     

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