Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Penn State

Mike Tisdale reached double figures for the first time in five games against Northwestern, scoring 13 points.
Mike Tisdale reached double figures for the first time in five games against Northwestern, scoring 13 points.

Jan. 10, 2011

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 17 // #16ap/16 Illinois (13-3, 3-0) at Penn State (9-6, 2-2)
Jan. 11, 2011 // 8 pm CT / 9 pm ET // University Park, Pa. // Jordan Center (15,261)

TV: BTN - Tom Hart (Play-By-Play), Greg Kelser (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.   16.2   3.4   7.3   54.3%  3FG
G      1     D.J. Richardson   6-3   195   So.   11.5   1.9   2.1   45.7%  3FG
F      30    Bill Cole         6-9   215   Sr.   5.7    2.6   1.3   9 blocks
F      24    Mike Davis        6-9   225   Sr.   11.2   6.9   1.8   54.3%  FG
C      54    Mike Tisdale      7-1   250   Sr.   9.9    7.1   1.3   1.4 bpg

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.4 0.6 0.3 50 FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 7.8 2.9 1.9 1.1 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.6 0.3 0.8 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 3.3 1.6 0.1 55.3 FG% G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 0.3 0.0 0.3 4 min. G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 0.9 0.3 0.1 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 7.5 4.6 1.4 29 off. reb. F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.2 1.5 0.1 5 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 289-129/.691 (13th year)
At Illinois: 186-75/.713 (8th year)

Series Notes vs. Penn State
Series Record: Illinois leads 23-11
Last Meeting:  Illinois 77, Penn State 67 (Jan. 27, 2010 at University Park)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Record at University Park: Illinois leads 10-5
Series Streak at University Park: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Penn State: 9-5

Opening Tip
Illinois is off to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play for the second straight year, the third time under Bruce Weber and just the fifth time in the last 22 seasons.

Record-Setting Shooting by the Illini
The Illini are shooting 64.7 percent from the field in Big Ten play (86-133), the best field goal percentage in school history over three consecutive games. Illinois set a school record with 70.5 percent shooting in last Thursday's win over Northwestern. That followed 56.1 percent shooting in the victory over Wisconsin (Jan. 2) and 66.7 percent shooting in the conference opening win at Iowa (Dec. 29).

The last time Illinois shot at least 55 percent in three straight conference games occurred in 1988, when the Illini closed out Big Ten play by shooting 55.7 percent vs. Iowa (March 6), 57.9 percent vs. Michigan (March 9) and 57.7 percent at Northwestern (March 12).

Illinois also has been red-hot from 3-point range, shooting 63.6 percent (28-44) in league play, the second-best 3-point field goal percentage in school history over three consecutive games. The Illini shot 64.3 percent against Northwestern, 50 percent vs. Wisconsin and a school-record 72.2 percent at Iowa.

The only three-game stretch where Illinois has shot better from behind the arc happened during the inaugural year of the 3-point shot in 1987, when the Illini shot a combined 66.7 percent (10-15) from 3-point range vs. Michigan (Jan. 3), Michigan State (Jan. 5) and at Wisconsin (Jan. 8).

Last Time Out: Illinois 88, Northwestern 63 - Jan. 6
Illinois led from start to finish in a 25-point victory over Northwestern Thursday night at Assembly Hall. The Illini missed just four shots in the first half (18-of-22) on the way to a school-record 70.5 percent shooting effort on the night (31-of-44). Illinois' defense held NU to 34.3 percent shooting and the Illini also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats 40-to-17, with the 23-rebound margin serving as Illinois' largest of the season.

Demetri McCamey led the Illini with 14 points and game-high seven assists. Mike Tisdale scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting, and Mike Davis added 12.

More Notes from the Northwestern Win
• Illinois' 70.5 percent shooting set a school field goal percentage record. The previous UI record was 69.1 percent, set against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 4, 1985.

• The 70.5 percent accuracy marks the second-highest field goal percentage in the NCAA this season, behind SMU's 72.3 percent shooting against Lamar on Nov. 21.

• Illinois' 70.5 percent effort also was the best shooting performance by a Big Ten team since Michigan State shot 73.3 percent at Ohio State on Feb. 7, 2004.

• Illinois topped 60 percent shooting for the second time this season and seventh time under Bruce Weber.

• Illinois shot 81.8 percent in the first half, making 18-of-22 shots, including 6-of-7 from 3-point range.

• Illinois had six players score in double figures for the first time since six Illini reached double figures in Weber's first Big Ten game vs. Ohio State on Jan. 7, 2004.

Mike Tisdale scored in double figures for the first time in five games, finishing with 13 points.

Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 11 points.

Mike Davis set a career high with seven assists.

Road Warriors
Illinois has won three straight road games entering Tuesday's contest at Penn State. The streak began last season with a victory at Stony Brook in the NIT First Round (March 17). The Illini have continued the road run this year with victories at Western Michigan (Nov. 27) and at Iowa (Dec. 29).

Strong Starts
In the first half of three Big Ten games, the Illini have combined to shoot 70.3 percent from the field (52-74) and 76 percent from 3-point range (19-25).

Three-Point Attack
Illinois has been proficient from 3-point range this season. Illinois is shooting 43.4 percent from behind the arc (third in NCAA), its best effort in 24 years, since shooting a school-record 46.1 percent during the inaugural year of the 3-point shot during the 1986-87 season. The Illini also 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 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 seasons.

Top 25 Streak Continues
Illinois moves up to No. 16 in this week's Associated Press poll. The Illini have been ranked in every poll this season - a span of 10 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.

Career Numbers to Watch
Demetri McCamey (641 assists) is four assists away from moving into sixth place on the Big Ten career assists list. Scott Skiles of Michigan State had 645 assists from 1983-86.

• McCamey (1,479 points) is two points away from moving into the Top 10 on the Illinois career scoring list. Nick Weatherspoon (1971-73) is in 10th place with 1,481 points. McCamey is just eight points, meanwhile, from ninth place on the UI all-time scoring chart. Efrem Winters (1983-96) ranks ninth with 1,487 points.

Mike Davis (777 rebounds) is 13 rebounds away from moving into eighth place on the Illinois career rebounding list. Dave Downey (1961-63) ranks eighth with 790 rebounds.

• Davis (1,044 points) is 14 points away from moving into 41st on the Illinois career scoring list. Shaun Pruitt (2005-08) is in 41st place with 1,058 points.

Mike Tisdale (1,061 points) is 17 points away from moving into 39th on the Illinois career scoring list. Greg Jackson (1969-71) ranks 39th with 1,078 points.

McCamey Midseason Wooden Award Candidate
Demetri McCamey has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30, announced on Jan. 6. McCamey is one of six Big Ten players on the midseason list. The official Wooden Award ballot consisting of approximately 20 players will be released in March. The Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced the week of March 21, and the winner of the 35th John R. Wooden Award will be presented in Los Angeles the weekend of April 8-10.

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