Demetri McCamey and the Illini face Wisconsin Sunday at 5 pm at the Assembly Hall.
Jan. 1, 2011
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game 15 // #23ap/25 Illinois (11-3, 1-0) vs. #-/24 Wisconsin (11-2, 1-0)
Jan. 2, 2011 // 5 p.m. CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
TV: BTN - Eric Collins (Play-By-Play), Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 122, XM - 143
Probable Starters (from the previous game) Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Sr. 16.0 3.3 7.3 51.6% 3FG G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 So. 12.0 1.9 2.3 46.1% 3FG G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 7.9 4.9 1.4 29 off. reb. F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 225 Sr. 11.1 6.4 1.6 53.2% FG C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 250 Sr. 9.9 7.4 1.3 1.5 bpg
Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.6 0.6 0.1 44.4 FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 8.1 2.8 1.9 1.1 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.1 0.3 0.7 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 2.7 1.7 0.1 50 FG% G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 0.3 0.0 0.0 3 min. G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 steal F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Sr. 5.4 2.6 1.1 8 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.4 1.6 0.1 5 steals
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 287-129/.690 (13th year) At Illinois: 184-75/.710 (8th year)
Series Notes vs. Wisconsin
Series Record: Illinois leads 109-75
Last Meeting: Illinois 58, Wisconsin 54 (March 12, 2010 at Indianapolis)
Series Streak: Illinois W-1
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 67-20
Series Streak at Champaign: Wisconsin W-1
Weber vs. Wisconsin: 8-9
Illinois set a school record Wednesday at Iowa, shooting 72.2 percent from 3-point range on 13-of-18 accuracy. The previous Illini single-game record for 3-point field goal percentage was 66.7 percent (8-12), set at the Assembly Hall vs. Ohio State on March 6, 1993.
Illinois ranks sixth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage this season, shooting 42 percent (107-255).
Davis Scores 1,000
Mike Davis is the 44th player in Illinois history to score 1,000 career points. Davis reached that milestone on Wednesday night at Iowa when he made his second basket with 3:35 left in the first half.
Last Time Out: Illinois 87, Iowa 77 - Dec. 29
Illinois won its Big Ten opener for the 10th time in the last 12 years, posting a 10-point victory at Iowa on Wednesday night. The Illini started out hot from the field, making nine of its first 10 shots, including its first seven 3-point attempts, in jumping out to a quick 23-15 lead. Illinois led by 12 at halftime and opened the second half on a 9-0 run, making its first four shots, to open up its largest lead of the game at 58-39. The Hawkeyes answered with a 10-0 run of their own to cut the lead to nine. Iowa got as close as six points at 65-59 with less than eight minutes left, but Demetri McCamey scored back-to-back buckets on a long two followed by his fourth trey of the game to push the lead back to a comfortable 11 points from which the Illini did not look back.
Illinois' shooting was the story of the game with the Illini making 66.7 percent on the night and a school-record 72.2 percent from 3-point range. Five players scored in double figures, led by McCamey's 20 points. D.J. Richardson scored 17, Mike Davis 15, Bill Cole added 14 off the bench and Jereme Richardson chipped in 12. All of Illinois'' season-high 13 three-pointers came from just three players. Richardson tied his career high with five treys on seven attempts, McCamey was 4-of-5 from behind the arc and Cole added perfect 4-of-4 shooting from distance.
More Notes from the Iowa Win
In addition to setting a school record for 3-point percentage with its 72.2 percent accuracy (13-18), the Illini shot 66.7 percent overall, making 32-of-48 attempts. That is the top field goal percentage of the Weber era and best since the Illini shot 68 percent (34-50) in a win over Michigan on Jan. 12, 2002.
Demetri McCamey tallied his first double-double of the season and seventh of his career with 20 points and a season-high tying 10 assists.
Illinois' score of 87 was its highest point total ever at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and its most in Iowa City since scoring 89 on Feb. 17, 1967.
The 87 points were Illinois' most in a Big Ten road game since scoring 95 at Penn State on Jan. 31, 2001.
Illinois notched its fifth consecutive win over Iowa, as well as its third straight in Iowa City. Those equal the Illini's longest winning streak against the Hawkeyes in each category. The Illini first won five straight vs. Iowa from Jan. 5, 1963 through Feb. 23, 1965. Illinois previously won three straight in Iowa City from Feb. 10, 1962 through Jan. 11, 1964.
Top 25 Streak Continues
Illinois checks in at No. 23 in this week's Associated Press poll. The Illini have been ranked in every poll this season - a span of eight straight weeks - which is the longest streak for the program since appearing in the AP Top 25 for 42 consecutive weeks from Feb. 24, 2004 through March 14, 2006.
Illini Win When the Ball Goes In
Illinois has shot the ball well over the course of the season, hitting nearly 48 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point land. But the shooting disparity in wins has been dramatic compared to in losses. In its 11 victories, the Illini are shooting 51.1 percent from the field (333-652) and 46.1 percent from 3-point range (88-191). In its three losses those numbers drop significantly, with the Illini shooting just 36.9 percent from the field (73-198) and 29.7 percent from behind the arc (19-64).
Illinois has been proficient from 3-point range this season. The Illini are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game, the highest average since the 2004-05 team set a school record by averaging 8.8 threes per contest. Illinois is shooting 42 percent from behind the arc (sixth in NCAA), its best effort in 22 years, since shooting 42.5 percent during the 1988-89 season. Illinois has already hit double figures in 3-pointers five times in 14 games this year, surpassing its effort for the entire year in each of the last five seasons.
For complete Illinois Basketball Notes, click on PDF link at top of page.