Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Penn State

Mike Tisdale and the Illini host Penn State on Tuesday at 8 pm at Assembly Hall.
Mike Tisdale and the Illini host Penn State on Tuesday at 8 pm at Assembly Hall.

Jan. 11, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game #17 // Illinois (11-5, 3-0) vs. Penn State (8-7, 0-3)
Jan. 12, 2010 // 8 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: BTN - Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play), Jim Jackson (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-91, XM-196

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.   Name              Ht.   Wt.   Yr.   PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     13    Jeff Jordan       6-1   185   Jr.   1.9    2.1   2.9   46.4  FG%
G     1     D.J. Richardson   6-3   185   Fr.   11.2   2.8   2.8   47  3FG%
F     30    Bill Cole         6-9   215   Jr.   3.3    3.1   0.9   20  off. reb.
F     24    Mike Davis        6-9   220   Jr.   11.8   10.1  1.1   50.3  FG%
C     54    Mike Tisdale      7-1   235   Jr.   12.6   5.9   0.7   87.7  FT%

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 9.8 2.3 1.8 20 off. reb. G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 0.6 0.1 0.0 10 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.8 0.4 0.4 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 6.8 3.1 1.0 48.9 FG% G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 14.1 3.3 5.9 1.8 spg F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 2.7 1.4 0.2 52 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 2.1 2.0 0.3 9-12 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 266-116/.696 (12th year)
At Illinois: 163-62/.724 (7th year)
Associate Head Coach: Wayne McClain (9th year)
Assistant Coaches: Jay Price (7th year), Jerrance Howard (3rd year) Assistant to the Head Coach: Gary Nottingham (7th year)
Director of Basketball Operations: Sean Harrington (2nd year)

Series Notes vs. Penn State
Series Record: Illinois leads 21-11
Last Meeting:  Penn State 64, Illinois 63 (March 5, 2009 at University Park)
Series Streak: Penn State W-2
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 9-5
Series Streak at Champaign: Penn State W-3
Weber vs. Penn State: 7-5

Opening Tips
• Illinois is off to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time since 2005, and just the third time in the last 15 seasons.

• The Illini are 9-0 this season at home, and 86-16 at Assembly Hall under Weber, an 84.3 winning percentage.

• After giving up more than 80 points in three consecutive games vs. Missouri, Northwestern and Gonzaga (83.0 ppg), the Illini have allowed an average of just 51.0 points over the last two games vs. Iowa and Indiana.

• Illinois ranks 10th in the NCAA in assists (17.5 apg) and is 12th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).

• In conference games, Demetri McCamey ranks first in the league in both assists (8.0 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (8.0). McCamey has totaled 24 assists with just three turnovers.

• McCamey has a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last four games, totaling 30 assists compared to only five turnovers in 147 minutes. McCamey had a game-high seven assists without a turnover against Iowa last Tuesday, marking the first time since last year vs. Iowa (Feb. 1) that McCamey had not committed a turnover in a game. McCamey then had nine assists at Indiana on Saturday - his second-highest assist total in a game this season - with only one turnover.

• McCamey needs 17 points to enter the Illini all-time top 50 scoring list. McCamey currently has 904 career points.

Mike Tisdale is averaging 21.7 points in conference play, ranking second in the league in scoring.

• Tisdale has connected on 25 free throws in Big Ten action, seven more makes than any other player in the league. He has 29 attempts in three conference games, eight more than any other Big Ten player has attempted.

• Over the last two games, D.J. Richardson is averaging 15.5 points (31) on 61.5 percent shooting from 3-point range (8-13), and 52.3 percent shooting from the field (11-21).

• McCamey has scored at least nine points in nine straight games. Over that nine-game stretch, McCamey is averaging 16.4 points (148) on 52 percent shooting (52-100).

Jeff Jordan has totaled 14 assists with only two turnovers in 74 minutes over the last three games (7.0 ratio).

• Following Saturday's 66-60 victory at Indiana, the Illini have now won consecutive road games over the Hoosiers for the first time since 1997 and '98.

Jeff Jordan and Bill Cole earned their first career starts in last Tuesday's win over Iowa and started again Saturday against Indiana.

• The Illini have now had four different starting lineups this season.

• Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 11.2 and 14.1 points.

Mike Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 23rd in the NCAA in rebounding (10.1 rpg), while Demetri McCamey leads the league and ranks 15th in the nation in assists (5.9 apg).

• Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 13th in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with eight.

• Davis needs three rebounds to reach 500 for his career.

Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.594), fourth in free throw percentage (.877) and fifth in blocked shots (1.7 bpg).

D.J. Richardson ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 47 percent (31-66).

• Illinois is unbeaten this season in games when it shoots better than its opponent (9-0) and records at least 15 assists (10-0).

• The Illini are 7-0 when Demetri McCamey records at least seven assists.

• Richardson is averaging 4.0 rebounds over the last three games (16).

Dominique Keller became the fifth different UI player to record a 20-point game this season (joining McCamey, Davis, Tisdale and Paul) after scoring a career-high 22 points vs. Gonzaga Jan. 2.

• McCamey tallied his fifth 20-point game of the season with 20 points vs. Gonzaga. He now has 12 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.

• Tisdale scored a career-high 31 points on 78.6 percent shooting (11-14) vs. Northwestern on Dec. 30, the best figures by a Big Ten player so far during conference play.

• Davis has been the Illini's leading rebounder in all but one game this season.

• In addition to leading the Big Ten with eight double-doubles this season, Davis ranks second in the Big Ten in career double-doubles with 17, trailing only Ohio State's Evan Turner (18).

• Illinois is 3-1 against Top 25 teams this season, with victories at No. 18/19 Clemson on Dec. 2, No. 24 Vanderbilt (Coaches poll) on Dec. 8 and No. 25 Northwestern (AP poll) on Dec. 30.

• Four of Illinois' five losses have been by less than five points, as the Utah, Bradley, Georgia and Gonzaga games were decided by a total of 11 points. Illinois held a second-half lead in all four of those games.

• In its 11 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 80.8 points (889) on 49.8 percent shooting (300-602) and 19.0 assists (209), while in five losses, the offense is averaging 68.8 points (344) on 41 percent shooting (136-332) and 14.2 assists (71).

Last Time Out
The Illini fought back from another double-digit deficit to claim a 66-60 victory Saturday night at Indiana. After shooting just 26 percent and making five field goals in the first half, the Illini were behind 41-28 halftime. The deficit grew to 15 points early in the second half and the Illini still trailed 57-48 with eight minutes remaining. But the Illini finished with an 18-3 run, which included the game's last seven points.

Trailing 60-59, the Illini called timeout and set up a play for D.J. Richardson, who hit an 18-footer with 1:16 remaining to give the Illini a 61-60 lead. After Indiana missed a free throw, the Illini executed on offense again, with Demetri McCamey finding Mike Tisdale for a layup with 38 seconds left to put the Illini up three. Richardson then recorded a blocked shot on IU's next possession, and the Illini sealed the win by hitting 3-of-4 free throws in the final seconds.

Illinois doubled Indiana in the second half, outscoring the Hoosiers 38-to-19 after the break. The Illini did much of its work at the free throw line, shooting 27-of-39 on the night, both season highs.

Tisdale led the way with a game-high 27 points on 7-of-11 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line. He also had nine rebounds. McCamey scored 19 points and totaled a game-high nine assists with only one turnover, while Richardson added 14 points and tied his career high with three steals.

Comeback Kids
Illinois is earning a reputation for its dramatic comebacks this season, erasing four double-digit deficits, three of which resulted in victories. The Illini had a school-record come from behind victory at Clemson, erasing a 23-point deficit en route to a 76-74 win. Illinois trailed Northwestern by 10 points early in the second half before clawing back for an 89-83 overtime win, and faced a 21-point deficit the following game vs. Gonzaga before gaining leads in the second half and overtime. The Illini most recently stormed back from a 15-point second-half deficit at Indiana on Saturday night to post a 66-60 win, outscoring the Hoosiers 18-3 over the final eight minutes.

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