Illinois Game Notes at Michigan State
Jan. 15, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: CBS - Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play), Greg Anthony (Analyst)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 14.8 3.2 5.9 1.8 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.9 2.8 2.6 47.1 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.3 2.9 0.9 20 off. reb. F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 11.2 9.7 1.2 49.1 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 12.8 6.4 0.8 85.2 FT%
Series Notes vs. Michigan State
Illinois is off to a 4-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time since 2005, and just the fifth time in the last 40 seasons.
Illinois plays its fifth ranked opponent of the season in No. 7/8 Michigan State. The Illini are 3-1 against Top 25 teams, 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.
Illinois travels to East Lansing to play its third road game of the year. The Illini are 2-0 in road games this season, with comeback wins at Clemson and at Indiana.
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 51.7 points over the last three games vs. Iowa, Indiana and Penn State.
Illinois ranks 11th in the NCAA in assists (17.3 apg) and is 12th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
In conference play, Demetri McCamey ranks first in the league in both assists (7.3 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (5.8). McCamey has totaled 29 assists with just five turnovers in four league games.
McCamey has scored at least nine points in 10 straight games. Over that 10-game stretch, McCamey is averaging 17.3 points (173) on 52.1 percent shooting (61-117).
McCamey has a 5.0 assist-to-turnover ratio over the last five games, totaling 35 assists compared to only seven turnovers in 184 minutes of play. McCamey had a game-high seven assists without a turnover against Iowa on Jan. 5, 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 last Saturday - his second-highest assist total in a game this season - with only one turnover.
McCamey tallied his sixth 20-point game of the season with a season-high 25 points Tuesday vs. Penn State. He now has 13 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.
McCamey entered the Illinois career Top 50 scoring list against Penn State. McCamey currently has 929 career points, ranking 48th on the UI all-time list.
Mike Tisdale is averaging 20.3 points in conference play, ranking fifth in the league in scoring.
Tisdale is averaging 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds on 60.9 percent shooting over the last two games.
Tisdale had a career-high seven blocked shots Tuesday vs. Penn State, the second-highest single-game total in school history.
Tisdale has connected on 27 free throws in Big Ten play, three more makes than any other player in the league. He has 33 attempts in four conference games, six more than any other Big Ten player has attempted.
Tisdale (all games) ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.593), fourth in free throw percentage (.852) and fifth in blocked shots (2.0 bpg).
The Illini have started different lineups in each of the last three games and have now had five different starting lineups on the season.
Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.9 and 14.8 points.
Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 17th in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with eight.
Davis recorded his 500th career rebound Tuesday vs. Penn State.
D.J. Richardson ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 47.1 percent (33-70).
Illinois is unbeaten this season in games when it shoots better than its opponent (10-0).
Jeff Jordan has totaled 15 assists with only three turnovers in 92 minutes over the last four games (5.0 ratio).
The Illini are 7-0 when Demetri McCamey records at least seven assists.
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.
Tisdale scored a career-high 31 points vs. Northwestern on Dec. 30 on 78.6 percent shooting (11-14), the best field goal percentage by a Big Ten player in conference play.
Davis has been the Illini's leading rebounder in all but two 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).
The Illini are 10-0 this season at home, and 87-16 at Assembly Hall under Weber, an 84.5 winning percentage.
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 12 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 78.6 points (943) on 48.9 percent shooting (321-656) and 18.6 assists (223), while in five losses, the offense is averaging 68.8 points (344) on 41 percent shooting (136-332) and 14.2 assists (71).
Strong Big Ten Start
Year Start Coach Next Game Final Record Finish 2010 4-0 Bruce Weber at Michigan State 2005 4-0 Bruce Weber W, Iowa 15-1 1st 1995 4-0 Lou Henson L, Michigan 10-8 5th 1989 4-0 Lou Henson L, at Minnesota 14-4 2nd 1987 4-0 Lou Henson L, Iowa 13-5 4th
Last Time Out
McCamey scored a season-high 25 points and shot a season-best 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Mike Tisdale also finished in double figures, netting 16 points, and tied his career high with 13 rebounds. The second half was a two-man show for the Illini as McCamey and Tisdale combined for 28 of Illinois' 31 points after the break, aided only by a Bill Cole 3-pointer.
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