Illinois Game Notes at Penn State
Jan. 26, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: BTN - Tom Hamilton (Play-By-Play), Jon Crispin (Analysis)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 15.4 3.1 5.9 33 steals G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.8 2.8 2.7 44.3 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.4 2.9 1.0 13 blocks F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 10.9 9.3 1.1 48 off. reb. C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.9 6.0 0.8 58.4 FG%
Series Notes vs. Penn State
Illini-Nittany Lions Series Always Competitive
McCamey has accounted for 48 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten play.
McCamey has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, tying his career-long streak. Over that stretch, he is averaging 20.0 points (100).
McCamey has been on the floor 93.5 percent of the time for the Illini over that five-game stretch, logging 187 minutes.
D.J. Richardson tied his career high in scoring and rebounding Saturday at Northwestern, finishing with 17 points and five rebounds.
Over the last two games, Richardson is averaging 14.5 points (29) on 50 percent shooting from the field (11-22), as well as 3-point range (6-12).
Brandon Paul and Dominique Keller combined for 22 points off the bench at Northwestern, each registering double figures for the first time in Big Ten play this season. Paul scored 12 points while Keller netted 10.
Illinois broke out of its shooting slump at Northwestern, topping 42 percent for the first time in seven games by shooting 55.3 percent against the Wildcats (26-47).
Illinois currently leads the Big Ten (conference games) in both field goal percentage defense (.386) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273). The Illini led the league in both categories last year as well.
In conference play, Demetri McCamey ranks first in the league with an average of 6.7 assists. He has totaled 47 assists in Big Ten games, 14 more than the next closest assists leader.
McCamey tallied his seventh 20-point game of the season with a season-high 28 points against Purdue last Tuesday. He has 14 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.
McCamey has scored at least nine points in all but two games this season, including each of the last 13 games. Over that stretch, he is averaging 17.6 points (229) on 52.3 percent shooting (78-149).
Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (.584), fifth in free throw percentage (.826) and fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).
Tisdale recorded his 700th career point at Northwestern on Saturday. Mike Davis, meanwhile, is 12 points shy of scoring 700 career points.
D.J. Richardson (all games) ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.3 percent (39-88).
McCamey leads the league and ranks 13th in the NCAA in assists (5.9 apg), while Mike Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 41st in the nation in rebounding (9.3 rpg).
Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 26th 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 (20).
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 14th in the NCAA in assists (16.8 apg) and 22nd in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.8 and 15.4 points.
The Illini have started five different lineups on the season.
Tyler Griffey had a career-high 12 points at Michigan State on Jan. 16, becoming the eighth different Illini player to score in double figures in a game this season .
Tisdale had a career-high seven blocked shots vs. Penn State on Jan. 12, the second-highest single-game total in school history.
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.
Dominique Keller became the fifth different UI player to record a 20-point game this season after scoring a career-high 22 points vs. Gonzaga Jan. 2.
Six of Illinois' eight losses have been by less than seven points, as the Utah, Bradley, Georgia, Gonzaga, Purdue and Northwestern games were decided by a total of 22 points (3.7 avg). Illinois held a second-half lead in all six 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 eight losses, the offense is averaging 69.1 points (553) on 39.6 percent shooting (201-508) and 14.1 assists (113).
Last Time Out
D.J. Richardson tied his career high in scoring and rebounding against the Wildcats, recording 17 points and five boards. Mike Tisdale scored 14 with six rebounds and Demetri McCamey added 13 points and four assists.
McCamey Carrying the Load
Opponent Pts Scored Pts Assisted Combined Pts Team Pts Pct of Offense Northwestern 9 17 26 89 29.2 Iowa 9 16 25 59 42.4 at Indiana 19 19 38 66 57.6 Penn State 25 13 38 54 70.4 at Michigan State 15 14 29 63 46.0 Purdue 28 22 50 78 64.1 at Northwestern 13 9 22 68 32.4 Total 118 110 228 477 47.8
Looking Back at the Last Illinois-Penn State Game
McCamey scored 25 points and shot a season-best 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Mike Tisdale also finished in double figures, netting 16 points, tied his career high with 13 rebounds and had a career-high seven blocked shots. 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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