Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Northwestern

Demetri McCamey and the Illini travel to Evanston to face Northwestern Saturday at 7 pm on BTN.
Demetri McCamey and the Illini travel to Evanston to face Northwestern Saturday at 7 pm on BTN.

Jan. 22, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game #20 // Illinois (12-7, 4-2) at Northwestern (13-5, 2-4)
Jan. 23, 2010 // 7 pm CT // Evanston, Ill. // Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)

TV: BTN - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Jim Jackson (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), 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.   15.5    3.1    6.0    1.7  spg
G     1     D.J. Richardson    6-3   185   Fr.   10.5    2.7    2.6    45.1  3FG%
F     30    Bill Cole          6-9   215   Jr.   3.5     2.9    1.0    22  off. reb.
F     24    Mike Davis         6-9   220   Jr.   11.5    9.7    1.3    47.5  FG%
C     54    Mike Tisdale       7-1   235   Jr.   11.8    6.0    0.7    84.4  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. 8.9 2.4 1.7 22 off. reb. G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.9 1.9 2.5 45.5 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. 6.2 2.9 0.9 47.6 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.1 1.7 0.1 51.4 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 1.9 1.8 0.3 9-12 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 267-118/.694 (12th year)
At Illinois: 164-64/.719 (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. Northwestern
Series Record: Illinois leads 127-34
Last Meeting:  Illinois 89, Northwestern 83, OT (Dec. 30, 2009 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-11
Record at Evanston: Illinois leads 61-21
Series Streak at Evanston: Illinois W-4
Weber vs. Northwestern: 11-1

Opening Tips
• Illinois plays three of its next four games on the road, beginning Saturday night at Northwestern.

• Illinois' 11-game winning streak over Northwestern is tied for the longest active streak in the Big Ten over a conference opponent (tied with Ohio State's 11-game win streak over Penn State).

Demetri McCamey has scored or assisted nearly 60 percent of Illinois' offense over the last four games.

• McCamey has scored 972 career points, ranking 44th on the UI all-time list. He is just 28 points away from becoming the 42nd player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.

• McCamey tallied his seventh 20-point game of the season with a season-high 28 points against Purdue on Tuesday. He now has 14 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.

• McCamey has scored at least nine points in 12 straight games. Over that stretch, he is averaging 17.1 points (216) on 51.8 percent shooting (73-141).

• In conference play, McCamey ranks first in the league in both assists (7.2 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (3.6). He has totaled 43 assists in Big Ten games, 13 more than the next closest assists leader.

Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.574), sixth in free throw percentage (.844) and fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

D.J. Richardson ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.1 percent (37-82).

• McCamey leads the league and ranks 15th in the NCAA in assists (6.0 apg), while Mike Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 37th in the nation in rebounding (9.7 rpg).

• Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 28th in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with nine.

• In addition to leading the Big Ten with nine double-doubles this season, Davis ranks second in the Big Ten in career double-doubles with 18, trailing only Ohio State's Evan Turner (19).

• Davis has been the Illini's leading rebounder in all but three games this season.

• Tisdale is three points away of scoring 700 career points, while Davis is 12 points shy of scoring 700 career points.

• Tisdale needs two blocked shots to record his 100th career block. He currently ranks eighth on the UI all-time blocked shots list with 98.

• Illinois ranks 15th in the NCAA in assists (16.8 apg) and 16th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).

• Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.5 and 15.5 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.

• Five of Illinois' seven losses have been by less than seven points, as the Utah, Bradley, Georgia, Gonzaga and Purdue games were decided by a total of 17 points (3.4 avg). Illinois held a second-half lead in all five 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 seven losses, the offense is averaging 69.3 points (485) on 38 percent shooting (175-461) and 13.9 assists (97).

Tisdale Featured on New `Journey' Episode
Illinois' Mike Tisdale will be featured on the latest episode of The Journey on Big Ten Network. A production crew attended the Illini-Purdue game and then traveled with Tisdale and his brother, Ronnie, a senior manager for the UI basketball team, to their hometown of Riverton. The show debuts Sunday at 3:30 pm and will air again at 7 pm, 8 pm and 11pm on Sunday as well as 7:30 pm on Tuesday.

Last Time Out
Illinois suffered its first home loss of the season on Tuesday, falling to No. 13 Purdue, 84-78. The Illini led by as many as eight points in the first half and went into intermission ahead 32-28. But the Boilers opened the second half on a 11-2 run to take a five-point lead with 16 minutes left. Illinois then got going on offense, but was unable to record stops on defense. Trailing by 12 with two minutes left, Illinois made one more run, twice cutting it to four points and finally to a one-possession game at 81-78 with :23 remaining, but Purdue hit its free throws to close out the game. Demetri McCamey scored a season-high 28 points and had a game-high nine assists to lead the Illini, while Mike Davis found his scoring touch, tallying 17 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the year. D.J. Richardson hit 4-of-6 from 3-point land to also finish in double figures with 12.

McCamey Carrying the Load
Demetri McCamey seems to be doing it all for the Illini. He already leads the Illini in scoring (17.5 ppg) and assists (7.2 apg) in conference play. And over the last four games, McCamey has accounted for nearly 60 percent of Illinois' offense, scoring 87 points and assisting on another 68 points for a combined 155 points out of Illinois' team total of 261 points. Here is a detailed look at his production on offense over the last four games:

  Opponent       Pts Scored   Pts Assisted   Combined Pts   Team Pts   Pct of Offense
  Indiana           19            19             38            66          57.6
  Penn State        25            13             38            54          70.4
  Michigan State    15            14             29            63          46.0
  Purdue            28            22             50            78          64.1
  Total             87            68             155           261         59.4

Looking Back at the Last Illinois-Northwestern Game
Illinois won its Big Ten opener, defeating Northwestern 89-83 in overtime on Dec. 30 in Champaign. The Illini survived a back-and-forth affair that featured six ties and 13 lead changes, as well as Northwestern setting Assembly Hall single-game records for 3-pointers (16) and fewest turnovers (3).

The difference for the Illini was its inside game. Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis combined for 51 points on 20-for-28 shooting, as Tisdale scored a career-high 31 points while Davis scored 20. The duo also combined for 28 rebounds, with Davis grabbing a career-high tying 17 boards and Tisdale adding 11. It marked the second straight game that both players registered double-doubles.

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