Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Michigan State

 
Demetri McCamey had game highs of 22 points and 11 assists in the last meeting with Michigan State.
Demetri McCamey had game highs of 22 points and 11 assists in the last meeting with Michigan State.
 

Jan. 17, 2011

Champaign, Ill. -

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ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game 19 // #23ap/22 Illinois (13-5, 3-3) vs. #17/18 Michigan State (12-5, 4-1)
Jan. 18, 2011 // 6 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: ESPN (also streamed at ESPN3.com) - Dave O'Brien (Play-By-Play), Dan Dakich (Analyst), Jill Montgomery (Reports)
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   3.5    7.0    52.6%  3FG
G     1    D.J. Richardson   6-3   195   So.    10.4   1.8    2.2    43%  3FG
F     30   Bill Cole         6-9   215   Sr.    5.9    2.6    1.3    10 blocks
F     24   Mike Davis        6-9   225   Sr.    10.7   6.4    1.7    53.9%  FG
C     54   Mike Tisdale      7-1   250   Sr.    10.2   7.6    1.1    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. 1.3 0.5 0.3 50 FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 8.1 2.8 1.7 1.1 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.4 0.2 0.7 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 2.9 1.6 0.1 51.2 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 4.5 1.2 30 off. reb. F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.3 1.5 0.1 5 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 289-131/.688 (13th year)
At Illinois: 186-77/.707 (8th year)

Series Notes vs. Michigan State
Series Record: Tied, 54-54
Last Meeting:  Illinois 78, Michigan State 73 (Feb. 6, 2010 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-1
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 35-17
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Michigan State: 6-7

Opening Tip
In Big Ten play, Illinois leads the conference in both field goal percentage (.522) and 3-point field goal percentage (.513), while also leading the league in both field goal percentage defense (.381) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.291).

In all games, the Illini are shooting 47.9 percent from the field (31st in NCAA) and 42.5 percent from 3-point land (sixth in nation), while holding opponents to 40 percent shooting and 29.6 percent behind the arc (29th nationally).

Tough Schedule Continues
Illinois is in the midst of playing three straight games versus ranked opponents. It began last Saturday at then-No. 20/21 Wisconsin and continues this week with a pair of home games, vs. No. 17/18 Michigan State on Tuesday and No. 1/1 Ohio State on Saturday. The last time the Illini played back-to-back games that were both at home against ranked teams was on Jan. 20 and Jan. 23, 2007 (loss to No. 2 Wisconsin and victory over No. 23 Indiana).

This three-game stretch against ranked foes is Illinois' longest in a season since last year when the UI played four consecutive games versus ranked Big Ten teams on two occasions:

Date       Result                                   Site
Feb. 6     Illinois 78, No. 5/5 Michigan State 73   Champaign
Feb. 9     Illinois 63, at No. 11/13 Wisconsin 56   Madison
Feb. 14    #13/16 Ohio State 72, Illinois 53        Champaign
Feb. 20    #4/4 Purdue 75, Illinois 65              West Lafayette
March 2    #6/7 Ohio State 73, Illinois 57          Columbus
March 7    #15/17 Wisconsin 72, Illinois 57         Champaign
March 12   Illinois 58, #13/18 Wisconsin 54         Indianapolis
March 13   #5/7 Ohio State 88, Illinois 81 (2OT)    Indianapolis

McCamey in Elite Company
Demetri McCamey scored his 1,500th point Saturday at Wisconsin. He is the only active player in the NCAA with 1,500 career points and 600 career assists. McCamey is the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history, meanwhile, to reach those milestones. Here is a look at the all-time Big Ten players who have accomplished the feat:

Name, SCHOOL (Years)          Career Points	Career Assists
Gary Grant, MICH (1985-88)        2,222               731
Scott Skiles, MSU (1983-86)       2,145               645
Dee Brown, ILL (2003-06)          1,812               674
Mateen Cleaves, MSU (1997-2000)   1,541               816
Demetri McCamey, ILL (2008- )     1,512               651
Jeff Horner, IOWA (2003-06)       1,502               612

Looking Back at the Last Illinois-Michigan State Game
Illinois recorded its first win over a top-five opponent since 2005, defeating No. 5 Michigan State on Feb. 6 at the Assembly Hall by the score of 78-73. The Illini roared out to a 14-4 lead before the Spartans answered with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two. Illinois built the lead up to seven points twice more during the half but went into the locker room ahead 35-34. MSU held leads of its own on five occasions during the second half, but this time it was the Illini who kept answering. Trailing 57-55, the Illini went on a 9-0 run to take a 64-57 lead with seven minutes remaining. The Spartans pulled to within one and eventually tied it with 1:45 to go. But Brandon Paul hit a driving layup and forced a turnover and Demetri McCamey nailed a 3-pointer to put the Illini up five with 30 seconds left. D.J. Richardson hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch and Mike Davis blocked a 3-point attempt that could have tied the game, then put an exclamation mark on the victory with a breakaway dunk just before the buzzer.

McCamey led the way with his first double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and dishing out 11 assists. Davis scored 16 off the bench while Richardson added 14. Both teams shot the ball well, with the Illini hitting 52.5 percent (31-59) and the Spartans 54.7 percent (29-53). But MSU committed 18 turnovers compared to Illinois' 10, and the Illini held a 20-to-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Current Illini vs. Michigan State
Demetri McCamey (6 G): 9.8 ppg (59), 2.8 rpg (17), 4.5 apg (27)

Highlights: Game-high 22 points and 11 assists last year in Champaign ... 15 points and five assists last year in East Lansing ... 10 points in 2009 in Champaign.

Mike Davis (6 G): 9.0 ppg (54), 3.7 rpg (22)
Highlights: 16 points last year in Champaign ... 11 points last year in East Lansing ... 13 points and team-high eight rebounds in 2009 in Champaign ... 10 points in 2009 in East Lansing.

Tyler Griffey (2 G): 9.0 ppg (18), 4.0 rpg (8)
Highlights: 12 points and seven rebounds last year in East Lansing.

Brandon Paul (2 G): 8.0 ppg (16), 5.5 rpg (11)
Highlights: Eight points and six rebounds last year in Champaign ... Eight points, five rebounds and three steals last year in East Lansing.

D.J. Richardson (2 G): 8.0 ppg (16), 1.0 rpg (2), 2.5 apg (5)
Highlights: 14 points last year in Champaign.

Mike Tisdale (6 G): 7.0 ppg (42), 3.7 rpg (22)
Highlights: Eight rebounds last year in Champaign ... Team-high 15 points with five rebounds in 2009 in Champaign ... Eight points in 2009 in East Lansing.

Bill Cole (3 G): 3.0 ppg (9), 2.0 rpg (4)

Top 25 Streak Continues
Illinois is ranked 23rd in this week's Associated Press poll. The Illini have been ranked in every poll this season - a span of 11 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.

Last Time Out: Wisconsin 76, Illinois 66 - Jan. 15
Illinois dropped its second straight game, falling to Wisconsin on Saturday at the Kohl Center. Illinois fought back from seven- and five-point deficits during the first half to retake the lead, but a 3-pointer by Tim Jarmusz at the buzzer put the Badgers up 27-25 at half. Wisconsin then opened the second half on a quick 13-2 run to open up its largest lead at 40-27 with 15 minutes left. The Illini chipped away, getting as close as six at 53-47 with six minutes remaining. But the Badgers extended it back to double figures and held on for the win as the game turned into a free throw shooting contest. A total of 54 fouls where called (30 on Illinois, 24 on Wisconsin) and the teams combined to shoot 77 free throws. Illinois went 30-for-36 from the line (83.3 percent) while the Badgers shot 34-of-41 (82.9 percent).

Illinois struggled from the field, shooting a season-low 30.2 percent (16-53). The Illini also made just 4-of-16 from behind the arc. Demetri McCamey led the way with 23 points, with 17 coming at the line. His 17 free throws were a career high and tied the third-most in Illinois history, while his 21 attempts also were a career high and were the fourth-most in school history. Brandon Paul added 15 points, his highest scoring total in Big Ten play.

Hot Shooting at The Hall
• Illinois is a perfect 9-0 at home this season. The Illini are shooting 52.8 percent (270-511) from the field and 44.4 percent (64-144) from 3-point land at Assembly Hall.

• Illinois has shot at least 50 percent in six of nine home games.

• Illinois is outscoring opponents by an average of 18.6 points (167).

Mike Davis is shooting 58.7 percent (44-75) while Mike Tisdale is shooting 56.1 percent (37-66)

Demetri McCamey is shooting 54.3 percent (50-92) from the field and 54.1 percent from 3-point land (20-37).

D.J. Richardson is shooting 54.5 percent from the field (36-66) and 52.4 percent from 3-point range (22-42).

Meyers Leonard is shooting 60.7 percent (17-28) while Jereme Richmond is shooting 52.5 percent (32-61).

For complete Illinois Basketball Notes, click on PDF link at top of page.

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