Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 288-129/.691 (13th year)
At Illinois: 185-75/.712 (8th year)
Series Notes vs. Northwestern
Series Record: Illinois leads 127-35
Last Meeting: Northwestern 73, Illinois 68 (Jan. 23, 2010 at Evanston)
Series Streak: Northwestern W-1
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 63-13
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-8
Weber vs. Northwestern: 11-2
The Illini are shooting 61.8 percent from the field and 63.3 percent from 3-point range over the last two games (wins over Iowa and Wisconsin) after shooting just 36 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from behind the arc the previous two games (losses to UIC and Missouri).
McCamey Honored After Standout Performances Demetri McCamey is the reigning Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week. McCamey earned the national accolade from the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association and league award from the conference office after averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 assists last week in wins over Iowa and Wisconsin. In the two games, he shot 61 percent from the field and 75 percent from 3-point range.
McCamey registered his first double-double of the season and seventh of his career at Iowa, scoring 20 points while tying his season high with 10 assists. Against Wisconsin, McCamey scored a game-high 21 points - including 14 of Illinois' final 16 points - to register his fifth 20-point game of the year and 22nd of his career. He also had seven assists against the Badgers.
Illinois has won eight straight home games over Northwestern, and dating back to 1980 has won 27 of the last 28 against NU at Assembly Hall. Since its opening in 1963, the Illini are 38-4 against the Wildcats at The Hall. Overall, Illinois has won 19 of the last 21 games against Northwestern. The Illini had their 11-game series winning streak snapped in the most recent meeting, a 73-68 NU win in Evanston on Jan. 23, 2010.
Last Time Out: Illinois 69, Wisconsin 61 - Jan. 2
Illinois got the job done both offensively and defensively, defeating Wisconsin at the Assembly Hall on Sunday to improve to 2-0 in Big Ten play. After a frenetic start where the lead changed hands nine times in the first 13 minutes, the Illini went on an 8-0 run to take a 33-25 lead with four minutes left in the half. The UI led by three at intermission and opened the second half by outscoring the Badgers 11-4 to grab its first double-digit lead at 48-38 with 13 minutes remaining. Wisconsin would get no closer than six the rest of the way as the Badgers struggled from the field, shooting just 9-of-32 in the second half, and 35 percent for the game (21-60). Illinois, meanwhile, shot 56.1 percent, hitting 23-of-41 shots. The Illini also grabbed 34 boards to Wisconsin's 25, outrebounding its opponent for the fourth time in the last five games.
Demetri McCamey led the way with 21 points and seven assists. Mike Davis tallied his third double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and Bill Cole added 11 points.
More Notes from the Wisconsin Win
Illinois' 69 points marked the highest scoring total against Wisconsin this season. The Badgers entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 54.5 points per game.
Mike Davis recorded a season-high 14 boards, the most rebounds by an Illini this season.
Demetri McCamey's game-high 21 points were most by an Illini in a Big Ten game since McCamey scored 27 last season at Wisconsin (Feb. 9, 2010).
McCamey set season highs in free throws (11) and free throw attempts (15).
Illinois has been proficient from 3-point range this season. The Illini are averaging 7.5 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 42.3 percent from behind the arc (fourth 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 this year, surpassing its effort for the entire year in each of the last five seasonns.
Top 25 Streak Continues
Illinois moves up to No. 20 in this week's Associated Press poll. The Illini have been ranked in every poll this season - a span of nine 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.
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