Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Ohio State

Mike Davis had 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in his last outing against Ohio State. Davis and the Illini host the Buckeyes Saturday at 11 am. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.
Mike Davis had 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in his last outing against Ohio State. Davis and the Illini host the Buckeyes Saturday at 11 am. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.

Jan. 21, 2011

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 20 // #23ap/22 Illinois (14-5, 4-2) vs. #1/1 Ohio State (19-0, 6-0)
Jan. 22, 2011 // 11 am CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: CBS (National) - Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play), Greg Anthony (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Westwood One - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Pete Gillen (Analyst)
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   7.2   52.5%  3FG
G     1     D.J. Richardson   6-3   195   So.    10.2   1.7   2.2   43.3%  3FG
F     30    Bill Cole         6-9   215   Sr.    5.6    2.5   1.3   10 blocks
F     24    Mike Davis        6-9   225   Sr.    10.7   6.7   1.6   54.4%  FG
C     54    Mike Tisdale      7-1   250   Sr.    9.9    7.3   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. 8.7 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. 2.7 1.7 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. 7.8 4.5 1.3 31 off. reb. F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.2 1.4 0.1 5 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 290-131/.689 (13th year)
At Illinois: 187-77/.708 (8th year)

Series Notes vs. Ohio State
Series Record: Illinois leads 102-67
Last Meeting:  Ohio State 88, Illinois 81, 2OT (March 13, 2010, Indianapolis)
Series Streak: Ohio State W-3
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 60-24
Series Streak at Champaign: Ohio State W-1
Weber vs. Ohio State: 5-8

Opening Tip
Illinois will face an opponent ranked atop the Associated Press poll for the 22nd time in school history on Saturday when the Illini host No. 1 Ohio State. Illinois is 2-19 all-time against No. 1-ranked opponents with its victories occurring the last two times a No. 1-ranked team visited the Assembly Hall. Lou Henson's Illini defeated No. 1 Michigan State 57-55 on Jan. 11, 1979 on an Eddie Johnson baseline jumper at the buzzer. Bruce Weber's Illini rolled past No. 1 Wake Forest 91-73 on Dec. 1, 2004, took over the No. 1 ranking the following week, and stood atop the AP poll for the remainder of the 2004-05 season.

Playing the Percentages
In Big Ten play, Illinois leads the conference in both field goal percentage (.523) and 3-point field goal percentage (.505), while also leading the league in both field goal percentage defense (.380) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.287).

In all games, the Illini are shooting 48.1 percent from the field (third in Big Ten, 31st in NCAA) and 42.7 percent from 3-point land (first in league, sixth in nation), while holding opponents to 39.8 percent shooting (second in Big Ten) and 29.4 percent behind the arc (first in league, 29th nationally).

Tough Schedule Continues
Illinois is finishing up a stretch of three straight games versus ranked opponents. It began last Saturday with a loss at then-No. 20/21 Wisconsin, continued Tuesday with a victory over No. 17/18 Michigan State and concludes Saturday vs. No. 1/1 Ohio State. 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.

Illinois is trying to win consecutive home games against ranked opponents for the first time in 10 years, since defeating No. 4 Michigan State (Feb. 6) and No. 13 Wisconsin (Feb. 13) during the 2001 Big Ten race. That season, the Illini won a road game in between those two home victories. The last time Illinois won back-to-back games that were both at home against ranked opponents was 21 years ago, when the Illini defeated No. 22 Indiana (Feb. 4) and No. 17 Minnesota (Feb. 8) during 1990 Big Ten play.

Hot Shooting at The Hall
• Illinois is a perfect 10-0 at home this season. The Illini are shooting 52.9 percent (295-558) from the field and 44.7 percent (72-161) from 3-point land at Assembly Hall.

• Illinois ranks sixth in the NCAA in home field goal percentage, and fourth nationally in home 3-point field goal percentage.

• Illinois has shot at least 50 percent in seven of 10 home games.

• Illinois is outscoring opponents by an average of 17.6 points (176).

Mike Davis is shooting 59.3 percent (48-81) while Mike Tisdale is shooting 54.9 percent (39-71)

Demetri McCamey is shooting 52.4 percent from the field (54-103) and 53.7 percent from 3-point land (22-41).

D.J. Richardson is shooting 53.5 percent from the field (38-71) and 52.2 percent from 3-point range (24-46).

Meyers Leonard is shooting 60.7 percent (17-28) while Jereme Richmond is shooting 55.1 percent (38-69).

McCamey in Elite Company
Demetri McCamey scored his 1,500th point last Saturday at Wisconsin. McCamey is the only active player in the NCAA with 1,500 career points and 600 career assists. He is just the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history, meanwhile, to reach those milestones.

Looking Back at the Last Illinois-Ohio State Game
Illinois faced No. 5/7 Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal on March 14 in Indianapolis. It would take two overtimes for this one to be decided before the Illini fell to the eventual conference tournament champions, 88-81. This was a back-and-forth affair with each team matching the other's run. OSU jumped out to an early eight-point lead before a 14-0 run by the Orange and Blue put the Illini up six. Illinois maintained that lead at intermission and added a 13-4 run early in the second half to take its biggest lead of the game at 50-39 with 12:30 left. This time Ohio State made its push, scoring 20 unanswered points to grab its biggest lead at 59-50 with six minutes remaining. Illinois, however, had one more charge left and outscored the Buckeyes 14-3 over the next four and a half minutes to lead by two. Illinois had the final possessions of regulation and the first overtime, but each time failed to get a shot off before the buzzer. That proved to be costly as Ohio State pulled away in the second OT to claim the victory.

Demetri McCamey scored 22 points to lead the Illini. D.J. Richardson added 15 and the UI received a big lift off the bench from Tyler Griffey, who scored a career-high 13 points. Mike Davis recorded a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while Mike Tisdale added 10 points.

Current Illini vs. Ohio State
Demetri McCamey (7 G): 12.7 ppg (89), 3.0 rpg (21), 5.7 apg (40)

Highlights: 22 points and four steals last year in Big Ten Tournament ... 18 points and eight assists last year in Columbus ... Nine assists last year in Champaign ... 15 points and seven assists in 2009 in Columbus ... 13 points and seven assists in 2009 in Champaign.

Mike Davis (7 G): 9.0 ppg (63), 7.6 rpg (53)
Highlights: Double-double with 13 points and career-high 18 rebounds last year in Big Ten Tournament ... Nine points and game-high 11 rebounds last year in Columbus ... Game-high 22 points and eight rebounds in 2009 in Columbus.

D.J. Richardson (3 G): 8.3 ppg (25), 3.3 rpg (10)
Highlights: 15 points and four assists last year in Big Ten Tournament.

Mike Tisdale (7 G): 8.1 ppg (57), 3.6 rpg (25)
Highlights: 10 points last year in Big Ten Tournament ... 10 points and four blocks last year in Columbus ... 15 points in 2009 in Champaign.

Brandon Paul (3 G): 6.7 ppg (20), 3.3 rpg (10)
Highlights: 11 points last year in Columbus.

Tyler Griffey (3 G): 5.7 ppg (17), 2.0 rpg (6)
Highlights: 13 points and five rebounds last year in Big Ten Tournament.

Bill Cole (6 G): 2.7 ppg (16), 1.8 rpg (11)
Highlights: Eight points and five rebounds last year in Champaign ... Three steals last year in Big Ten Tournament.

Last Time Out: Illinois 71, Michigan State 62 - Jan. 18
Illinois improved to 10-0 at home and earned its third win of the season over a ranked team, defeating No. 17/18 Michigan State Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall. The Illini broke out of a two-game shooting slump, hitting 61.5 percent in the first half and 53.2 percent for the game, while holding the Spartans to just 37.5 percent shooting, which included 28.1 percent in the second half. The Illini led by just two at 59-57 with 8:50 remaining but outscored the Spartans 12-5 the rest of the way. Illinois made 10-of-14 from the free throw line and added a jumper by Mike Tisdale while holding Michigan State to just two field goals.

Four Illini scored in double figures on the evening, led by Brandon Paul, who scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Demetri McCamey had his second double-double of the season, totaling 15 points and a season-high 11 assists, while Mike Davis also recorded a double-double - his fourth on the year - with 11 points and 11 boards. Jereme Richmond came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while adding three assists.

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