Illinois Game Notes vs. Purdue
Jan. 18, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPN - Dave O'Brien (Play-By-Play), Steve Lavin (Analysis), Erin Andrews (Reports)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 14.8 3.2 5.8 1.7 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.4 2.7 2.7 43.4 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.4 2.9 0.9 21 off. reb. F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 11.2 9.4 1.1 47.3 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 12.2 6.1 0.7 84.4 FT%Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 267-117/.695 (12th year)
At Illinois: 164-63/.722 (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. Purdue
Illinois is 4-1 in Big Ten play, its second-best conference start under Weber. The Illini have won at least four of its first five Big Ten games for the eighth time in the last 35 years.
Illinois plays its sixth ranked opponent of the season in No. 13/15 Purdue. The Illini are 3-2 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.
Tyler Griffey had a career-high 12 points Saturday at Michigan State, becoming the eighth different Illini player to score in double figures in a game this season.
In conference play, Demetri McCamey ranks first in the league in assists (6.8 apg) and second in assist/turnover ratio (3.8). McCamey has totaled 34 assists with just nine turnovers in five league games.
McCamey has scored at least nine points in 11 straight games. Over that 11-game stretch, he is averaging 17.1 points (188) on 52 percent shooting (66-127).
McCamey tallied his sixth 20-point game of the season with a season-high 25 points last 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. He currently has 944 career points, ranking 46th on the UI all-time list.
McCamey is 56 points away from becoming the 42nd player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.
Mike Tisdale is averaging 16.6 points in conference play, ranking eighth in the league in scoring.
Tisdale had a career-high seven blocked shots vs. Penn State, the second-highest single-game total in school history.
Tisdale (all games) ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.589), fifth in free throw percentage (.844) and fifth in blocked shots (1.9 bpg).
D.J. Richardson ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.4 percent (33-76).
Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 24th in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with eight.
Davis recorded his 500th career rebound vs. Penn State and now has 505 boards.
Illinois ranks 11th in the NCAA in assists (17.1 apg) as well as assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
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 57 points over the last four games vs. Iowa, Indiana, Penn State and Michigan State.
Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.4 and 14.8 points.
Illinois is unbeaten this season in games when it shoots better than its opponent (10-0).
The Illini have started five different lineups on the season.
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 three games 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).
Four of Illinois' six 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 six losses, the offense is averaging 67.8 points (407) on 37.5 percent shooting (148-395) and 14.0 assists (84).
Last Time Out
Strong Big Ten Start
Year Start Coach Next Game Final Record Finish 2010 4-1 Bruce Weber Purdue 2005 5-0 Bruce Weber W, at Wisconsin 15-1 1st 2001 4-1 Bill Self W, Penn State 13-3 1st 1995 4-1 Lou Henson L, at Minnesota 10-8 5th 1989 4-1 Lou Henson W, Indiana 14-4 2nd 1987 4-1 Lou Henson W, Minnesota 13-5 4th 1984 4-1 Lou Henson W, Michigan State 15-3 1st 1979 4-1 Lou Henson L, Purdue 7-11 7th
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