BSB: South Dakota State @ Illinois

BSB: South Dakota State @ Illinois

In the first edition of the Box Score Breakdown in the regular season, IlliniBoard.com looks behind the numbers of Illinois' 90-65 victory over South Dakota State to see if they help tell the story of Bruce Weber's Fighting Illini. Some of the questions that will be looked at in this edition include: how impressive was James Augustine's double double and how did the Illini newcomers play in the first game of their collegiate career.

Last night signified one thing for me as an Illini Basketball fan, the magical run to the 2005 National Championship game is officially history, and a new season of basketball has begun. This season brings a lot of question marks to the forefront in seeing how Bruce Weber manages to handle a rotation without the players that he relied on for his first two seasons donning the orange blazer on the Illini sidelines.

FIVE-MAN STATISTICS

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Differential Time on Floor
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt 7 4:51
Dee Brown Rich McBride Calvin Brock Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 7 2:10
Dee Brown Calvin Brock Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 5 1:37
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 4 8:18
Dee Brown Rich McBride Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 4 1:26
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine 2 2:17
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt 2 1:34
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt 2 1:12
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt 2 1:03
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt 1 1:40
Dee Brown Rich McBride Calvin Brock Warren Carter James Augustine 0 0:49
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine 0 0:46
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride Shaun Pruitt 0 0:06
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -1 0:55
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride Shaun Pruitt James Augustine -1 0:55
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Calvin Brock Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -2 3:18
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine -2 2:24
Dee Brown Rich McBride Jamar Smith Warren Carter James Augustine -2 2:13
Dee Brown Rich McBride Calvin Brock Marcus Arnold James Augustine -3 2:26


Best Five Man Unit: (tie) Chester Frazier, Jamar Smith, Rich McBride, Warren Carter, and Shaun Pruitt & Dee Brown, Rich McBride, Calvin Brock, Shaun Pruitt, and James Augustine
Worst Five Man Unit: Dee Brown, Rich McBride, Calvin Brock, Marcus Arnold, and James Augustine

  • Bruce Weber used twenty different combinations of the players on Friday evening.
  • Only six of the combinations that Bruce Weber used on the court did not have a net positive effect for the Illini, while eleven of the combinations netted a positive effect for the Illini.
  • When looking at the best and the worst units, it is interesting to note that the subbing of Marcus Arnold for Shaun Pruitt netted a net difference in result of -10 points. The net difference is also not just a result of time on the court, considering the group that was +7 was on the court for sixteen less seconds than the group that netted a -3.
  • Jamar Smith was on five of the six groups that netted a negative result for the Illini, but I don't think that says too much about the freshman shooting guard. It could point to other teams scoring more due to his defensive lapses, or at this point it could simply point to nothing, especially considering Jamar was on an group of players that was tied for the best five-man unit Bruce Weber put on the floor, but this will be something that IlliniBoard.com will watch in the future.
  • A quick glance at these statistics shows that the Illini played some very good basketball when Shaun Pruitt and James Augustine were on the court together. We will look at this in more detail when the Box Score Breakdown moves to the Frontcourt tandems.
GUARD / FORWARD COMBINATION STATISTICS

Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Differential Time on Floor
Dee Brown Rich McBride 8 9:44
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride 8 6:49
Dee Brown Calvin Brock 5 1:37
Dee Brown Rich McBride Calvin Brock 4 5:25
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith 3 2:52
Dee Brown Chester Frazier 2 2:17
Dee Brown Jamar Smith Rich McBride 2 1:34
Dee Brown Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Rich McBride 0 0:06
Chester Frazier Jamar Smith Calvin Brock -2 3:18
Dee Brown Rich McBride Jamar Smith -2 2:13
Dee Brown Jamar Smith -3 4:05


Best Guard Group: (tie) Dee Brown and Rich McBride & Chester Frazier, Jamar Smith, and RichMcBride
Worst Guard Group: Dee Brown and Jamar Smith

  • The one common ingredient on Friday night between the two groups that rated out as the best guard groups for the Illini was junior shooting guard Rich McBride. Combined, these two groups played just under half of the game (16:33), and the Illini were +16.
  • Another interesting observation is the the commonality between the Illini's two worst guard groups in terms of the +/- was that Dee Brown and Jamar Smith were both on them. Sure, the Illini only lost a combined -5 in 6:18 of floor time, but it is something that will be interesting to watch. What could the reasons be? Is it a lack of size (Dee) and experience (Jamar) on defense that is allowing other teams to be more effective offensively against the Illini?
  • In his 16 minutes, Chester Frazier only had one stint on the floor that was a net loss for the Illini, a 3:18 run with Jamar Smith and Calvin Brock that netted the Illini a -3. The freshman point guard seems to already be comfortable running the offense and getting others involved, but when he is in a lineup with the two other freshmen, he needs to be more assertive as a scorer.
Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Differential Time on Floor
Warren Carter Shaun Pruitt 10 8:05
Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 8 10:50
Shaun Pruitt James Augustine 6 3:05
Brian Randle Shaun Pruitt 4 2:15
Brian Randle Warren Carter James Augustine 2 3:50
Brian Randle Marcus Arnold James Augustine 2 3:03
Shaun Pruitt 0 0:06
Warren Carter Marcus Arnold -2 3:18
Warren Carter James Augustine -2 3:02
Marcus Arnold James Augustine -3 2:26


Best Forward Group: Warren Carter and Shaun Pruitt
Worst Forward Group: Marcus Arnold and James Augustine

  • Over the course of the game, no group that Shaun Pruitt was on the floor with lost the Illini points, and all but the funky four guard lineup the Illini used in the final six seconds of the first half netted a positive result for the Illini.
  • Going between a two or three guard lineup did not seem to matter to the Illini on Friday night. When the Illini were playing with two guards, the net result was a +12. When the Illini were playing with three guards, the net result was a +13.
  • The ten minutes of game time that starters Shaun Pruitt and James Augustine played together were very beneficial to the Illini. These two players seemed to have a good chemistry with each other as they both were able to find the other under the basket for easy shots when the double team arrived from the post.
INDIDIVUDAL +/- STATISTICS

Player Name Differential
Shaun Pruitt 28
Rich McBride 20
Dee Brown 19
Brian Randle 16
James Augustine 13
Chester Frazier 11
Warren Carter 8
Calvin Brock 7
Jamar Smith 6
Marcus Arnold -3


Illinois' Best Player: Shaun Pruitt (+28)
Illinois' Worst Player: Marcus Arnold (-3)

  • If you include the exhibition game against Quincy (+30), Shaun Pruitt has led the Illini in the +/- statistic for two games in a row. The power forward has accepted the challenge of starting alongside James Augustine, and flourished.
  • The entire Illini team had very good +/- statistics, which is to be assumed when you win a basketball game by 25, but I would like to highlight the great play of Rich McBride and his +20. The Illini are going to need Rich to continue to step up like he did on Friday night throughout the season to take a scoring burden off Dee Brown and James Augustine. For the first time in his collegiate career outside of the Memphis game in Champaign his freshman season, Rich looked like the player he was billed to be coming out of Springfield Lanphier High School.
INDIDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

NAME MIN FG% 3P% FT% eFG% TS% FTR %3PS
Brian Randle 17 75.00 0.00 0.00 75.00 75.00 0.00 0.00
Shaun Pruitt 24 100.00 0.00 50.00 100.00 93.54 0.40 0.00
James Augustine 26 71.43 0.00 80.00 71.43 78.95 1.43 0.00
Dee Brown 30 37.50 37.50 66.67 46.88 50.97 0.38 50.00
Rich McBride 29 55.56 57.14 50.00 77.78 75.91 0.22 77.78
Chester Frazier 16 50.00 0.00 0.00 50.00 50.00 0.00 50.00
Calvin Brock 10 0.00 0.00 50.00 0.00 56.82 0.00 0.00
Jamar Smith 21 50.00 60.00 0.00 75.00 75.00 0.00 83.33
Warren Carter 18 60.00 0.00 50.00 60.00 59.52 0.40 0.00
Marcus Arnold 9 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.33 0.00
TOTAL 200 54.39 47.62 62.07 63.16 64.51 0.51 36.84


NAME OFF REB RbR AST TO UsgR STL BLK PF PTS PSA
Brian Randle 0 2 6.92 0 3 16.47 0 0 4 6 1.50
Shaun Pruitt 3 9 22.06 1 1 12.02 0 1 1 11 1.87
James Augustine 4 14 31.67 2 4 24.71 2 1 3 18 1.58
Dee Brown 1 1 1.96 2 6 33.73 3 0 2 19 1.02
Rich McBride 0 3 6.09 4 1 16.83 3 0 2 15 1.52
Chester Frazier 0 1 3.68 4 0 8.30 0 0 1 2 1.00
Calvin Brock 0 0 0.00 0 0 10.56 1 0 3 3 1.14
Jamar Smith 0 2 5.60 2 1 14.59 0 0 0 9 1.50
Warren Carter 2 5 16.34 3 2 19.71 0 0 3 7 1.19
Marcus Arnold 1 1 6.54 0 2 24.18 0 1 1 0 0.00
TOTAL 11 40 18 20 9 3 20 90 1.29
  • James Augustine recorded a double double, and played a nearly flawless game. After a lackluster exhibition season, the senior center came out to play. He had a true shooting percentage of 78.95%, a rebounding rate of 31.67, and a usage rate of 24.71. If James plays like this all season, the Illini will be very tough to beat. Of interest is James only picked up 3 personal fouls. Having only three fouls probably coincides very well with only recording one block. Hopefully James has realized the same thing Brian Cook did his senior year, Illinois is better with him on the court, and they do not need him to try to block every shot on the inside.
  • Another player whose contributions cannot go unnoticed are sophomore power forward Shaun Pruitt. With a true shooting percentage of 93.54% (thanks to a missed free throw) and a rebounding rate of 22.06, Pruitt is showing that he is ready to be a major contributor for the Illini both as a scorer and a rebounder.
  • Despite leading the Illini in scoring, Dee Brown did not play a good game on Friday evening. Dee struggled with his shot early, as it appeared he was rushing his shot and not getting his feet set before attempting the shot. He did come on strong in the second half, but he relied too much on the three point shot in Friday's contest (50% of his shots were three-pointers). Not surprisingly, Dee's usage rate was the highest among the Illini, and that should continue throughout the season as he is Illinois' best player.
  • Thanks to the strength of the inside game led by Augustine and Pruitt, only 36.84% of the Illini's shots came from behind the three point line, a far cry from what Illini fans saw in many instances during last season. This is the first hint that, like many fans have expected, the Illini will focus more on the interior this season than they have in the last two seasons.
  • One interesting thing to watch throughout the season will be Chester Frazier's Usage Rate. Despite handling the ball for quite a bit of time while he was in the game, Frazier's usage rate (a statistic determined based on the number of possessions used) was the lowest on the team at 8.30. This number should go up as Frazier gets more comfortable in the offense and starts to take more shots. The freshman did not even look for his own shot on Friday night, as I can remember on one occasion he drove the ball into the lane and had a wide open look at the basket, but he dropped it off to a covered big man. He will need to learn that he has to be more selfish and take that shot in the future.
  • Jamar Smith's offense was 83.33% three point shots, and his points per shot attempt was 1.50. It is not surprising that the freshman relied on his greatest strength, outside shooting, in his first game, but hopefully we will see him take the ball to the rim a bit more in the future as he gets more comfortable.
  • If you want to see a starting front court dominate a game, just look at James Augustine's and Shaun Pruitt's points per shot attempt. They were one and two on the Illini with a PSA of 1.87 for Pruitt and 1.58 for Augustine. Simply amazing job by the Illini front line!


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