Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes at Michigan State

Demetri McCamey and the Illini travel to East Lansing to face No. 7 Michigan State Saturday at 2:30 pm on CBS.
Demetri McCamey and the Illini travel to East Lansing to face No. 7 Michigan State Saturday at 2:30 pm on CBS.

Jan. 15, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game #18 // Illinois (12-5, 4-0) at #7/8 Michigan State (14-3, 4-0)
Jan. 16, 2010 // 2:30 pm CT/3:30 pm ET // East Lansing, Mich. // Breslin Center (14,759)

TV: CBS - Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play), Greg Anthony (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     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%

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. 9.2 2.2 1.8 20 off. reb. G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.8 2.1 2.8 43.3 FG% 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. 6.5 2.9 0.9 48 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 2.5 1.3 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: 267-116/.697 (12th year)
At Illinois: 164-62/.726 (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. Michigan State
Series Record: Tied, 53-53
Last Meeting:  Michigan State 74, Illinois 66 (March 1, 2009 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Michigan State W-4
Record at East Lansing: Michigan State leads 33-18
Series Streak at East Lansing: Michigan State W-3
Weber vs. Michigan State: 5-6

Opening Tips
• Saturday marks a showdown of the only undefeated teams in Big Ten play, as 4-0 Illinois faces 4-0 Michigan State in a battle for first place.

• 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.

Mike Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 24th in the NCAA in rebounding (9.7 rpg), while Demetri McCamey leads the league and ranks 13th in the nation in assists (5.9 apg).

• 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
Illinois is off to a 4-0 start in conference play for the second time under Bruce Weber and just the fifth time in the last 40 seasons. Here is a look at Illinois' previous 4-0 Big Ten starts in the last 40 years:

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
Everyone expected it to come down to the final play, and that's what happened once again, as the Illinois-Penn State game was decided by one point for the fourth time in the last five meetings. Demetri McCamey scored the game's final five points, and Talor Battle had his layup blocked and then missed a 3-pointer with time expiring as Illinois won it's 10th straight game at the Assembly Hall by the score of 54-53.

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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