Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes at Penn State


Jan. 26, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game #21 // Illinois (12-8, 4-3) at Penn State (8-11, 0-7)
Jan. 27, 2010 // 5:30 pm CT/6:30 pm ET // University Park, Pa. // Jordan Center (15,261)

TV: BTN - Tom Hamilton (Play-By-Play), Jon Crispin (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.   15.4   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%

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. 9.1 2.4 1.6 23 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.8 1.8 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. 6.4 3.0 1.0 48.6 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 2.9 1.6 0.2 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: 267-119/.692 (12th year)
At Illinois: 164-65/.716 (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. Penn State
Series Record: Illinois leads 22-11
Last Meeting:  Illinois 54, Penn State 53 (Jan. 12, 2010 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-1
Record at University Park: Illinois leads 9-5
Series Streak at University Park: Penn State W-2
Weber vs. Penn State: 8-5

Illini-Nittany Lions Series Always Competitive
It's safe to assume Wednesday night's game will probably go down to the wire once again, as the Illinois-Penn State series has been remarkably close the last few seasons. A few facts to consider as the teams meet for the second time in 15 days: Four of the last five games have been decided by one point ... The last seven games have all been decided by six points or less ... Those seven games have been decided by a total of just 19 points, an average of 2.7 points per game ... Illinois' last two trips to University Park have resulted in one-point defeats.

Opening Tips
Demetri McCamey has scored 985 career points. He is just 15 points away from becoming the 42nd player in Illini history to join the 1,000-point club.

• 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
Illinois was unable to get back on the winning track Saturday night, letting a second-half lead slip away in 73-68 loss at Northwestern. After falling behind 13-2 out of the gate, Illinois roared back with a 20-2 run of its own to move ahead 22-15, and maintained its lead well into the second half. The Illini led 51-44 with 10 minutes left but could not pull away, and Northwestern then went on a 12-1 run of its own in a span of three minutes to take a 56-52 lead with four minutes left and held on for the 5-point win.

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
Demetri McCamey seems to be doing it all for the Illini. He leads the Illini in scoring (16.9 ppg) and assists (6.7 apg) in conference play. In fact, McCamey has accounted for nearly 48 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten games, scoring 118 points and assisting on another 110 points for a combined 228 points out of Illinois' team total of 477 points. Here is a detailed look at his production on offense in conference play:

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
Demetri McCamey scored the game's final five points, and Talor Battle had his layup blocked and then missed a 3-pointer with time expiring as Illinois won it's 10th straight game at the Assembly Hall with a 54-53 victory over Penn State on Jan. 12.

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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