Demetri McCamey and the Illini are on the road Wednesday, playing Iowa at 7:30 pm on BTN.
Feb. 2, 2010
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #23 // Illinois (14-8, 6-3) at Iowa (8-14, 2-7)
Feb. 3, 2010 // 7:30 pm CT // Iowa City, Iowa // Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
TV: BTN - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Kenyon Murray (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-126, XM-196
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 15.1 3.0 6.1 34 steals G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 11.1 2.8 2.5 45.2 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.0 3.1 1.1 15 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.2 1.7 0.3 51.1 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.8 6.1 0.8 39 blocks
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 2.5 1.5 23 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.8 1.7 2.4 41.7 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. 6.3 2.8 0.9 49.2 FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 10.7 8.9 1.1 50 off. reb. C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 1.9 1.8 0.3 9-12 FG
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 269-119/.693 (12th year)
At Illinois: 166-65/.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. Iowa
Series Record: Illinois leads 77-66
Last Meeting: Illinois 59, Iowa 42 (Jan. 5, 2010 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-3
Record at Iowa City: Iowa leads 52-18
Series Streak at Iowa City: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Iowa: 9-2
With a 6-3 record, Illinois is tied for second place in the Big Ten standings at the halfway point of the conference race.
After shooting 39.5 percent (145-367) over a six-game stretch from Jan. 2-19, Illinois has shot 52.1 percent (76-146) over the last three games.
Illinois leads the Big Ten in scoring in conference games, averaging 69.6 points.
ESPN College GameDay driven by State Farm will broadcast live from Illinois on Saturday.
Illinois leads the Big Ten (conference games) in field goal percentage defense (.384) while ranking third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.293). The Illini led the league in both categories last year.
McCamey has accounted for 47 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten play.
McCamey's combined scoring (15.1 ppg) and assists (6.1 apg) total of 21.2 ranks 12th among players from the six major conferences who rank among their league leaders in both categories.
McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th in the nation in assists with an average of 6.1 apg. It is the highest average by an Illini since Deron Williams' school-record average of 6.8 assists in 2005.
McCamey is averaging 7.1 assists in conference play. He has totaled 64 assists in Big Ten games, 23 more than the next closest assists leader.
Demetri McCamey scored his 1,000th career point against Indiana on Saturday. He now ranks 41st on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,010 points.
McCamey is averaging 17.9 points over the last seven games (125).
Over the last four games, D.J. Richardson is averaging 14.3 points (57) on 54.5 percent shooting from the field (18-33), and 52.9 percent from 3-point range (9-17).
After totaling just 20 points over a seven-game stretch from Jan. 2-23 where he shot 8-of-20 from the field and 3-of-13 from 3-point range, Bill Cole has combined for 20 points in the last two games on 60 percent shooting (6-10) and 71.4 percent from behind the arc (5-7).
Richardson (all games) ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.2 percent (42-93).
Richardson scored a career-high 20 points at Penn State last Wednesday, becoming the sixth different UI player to record a 20-point game this season.
Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.573), fifth in free throw percentage (.840) and fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).
Tisdale recorded his 100th career block vs. Indiana on Saturday. He currently ranks seventh on the UI all-time blocked shots list with 102.
Tisdale has scored in double figures in three straight games.
McCamey has been on the floor 93 percent of the time for the Illini over the last seven games, averaging 37 minutes per contest.
McCamey tallied his seventh 20-point game of the season with a season-high 28 points against Purdue on Jan. 27. He has 14 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.
McCamey has scored at least nine points in all but three games this season.
Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 30th in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with nine.
Davis also leads the Big Ten while ranking 53rd in the nation in rebounding (8.9 rpg).
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 (21).
Illinois ranks 12th in the NCAA in assists (16.8 apg) and 17th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
The Illini rank 19th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.294)
Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.7 and 15.1 points.
The Illini have started six different lineups on the season.
Illinois has had eight different players score in double figures in a game this season.
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 14 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 80.1 points (1,122) on 49.1 percent shooting (371-755) and 18.4 assists (257), while in eight losses, the offense is averaging 69.1 points (553) on 39.6 percent shooting (201-508) and 14.1 assists (113).
GameDay Coming to Assembly Hall Saturday
ESPN College GameDay Driven by State Farm will broadcast live from the University of Illinois on Saturday prior to the prime-time basketball matchup between the Fighting Illini and Michigan State. The University of Illinois is one of just eight universities chosen by ESPN, out of 343 Division 1 basketball programs, for a live GameDay broadcast this season.
The broadcast is more than a boon to local sports fans; it also will benefit the Champaign-Urbana community through a special fundraiser. State Farm will donate $1 to the Orange Krush Foundation, the Illini student-run charity, for each person attending the GameDay show on Saturday morning.
The show will originate from Assembly Hall at 10 am The College GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps will be on hand, breaking down the day's college basketball action and previewing the Illinois-Michigan State matchup.
Doors to the Assembly Hall will open Saturday at 8 am to the general public and 7:30 am for members of Orange Krush. The event is free with no tickets required. Free parking will be provided in the Assembly Hall parking lots. Fans can enter from the west side of the building and seating will be filled from the west side of the Assembly Hall first. Students will be allowed to fill in on the floor behind the set.
ESPN will give one fan from the audience a chance to sink a half-court shot. If successful, the shooter will receive $17,500, courtesy of State Farm. Even if the shot is missed, the attempt will earn a check for $1,000. State Farm also will distribute t-shirts, rollabannas and net hats to fans in attendance.
Last Time Out
It took a full 40 minutes, but the Illini came out on top thanks to Demetri McCamey's buzzer beater as Illinois defeated Indiana 72-70 on Saturday afternoon in Champaign.
Illinois led by as many as 13 points in the first half and owned a 34-25 advantage before McCamey drew his second foul and headed to the bench. The Hoosiers then outscored the Illini 11-2 over the final 2:23 of the half, capped by a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Devan Dumas to pull to a 36-all tie at halftime. The second half saw the lead trade hands multiple times. The Illini went ahead by five, but Indiana responded to take its biggest lead of the game, 55-49, with 11 minutes to go. Illinois fought back to tie it on a 3-pointer by Bill Cole with four minutes remaining. Illinois went ahead by four after a basket and pair of free throws by Mike Tisdale, but the Hoosiers forced one final tie after scoring four straight points at the foul line. The Illini had the game's final possession and after a timeout with 4.4 seconds left, McCamey drove to the basket and hit an 8-foot runner as time expired to give the Illini the victory.
McCamey led Illinois with 19 points and eight assists, while Mike Tisdale had 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
McCamey's Game Winner vs. Indiana First Illini Buzzer Beater in a Decade
Demetri McCamey's buzzer beater against Indiana on Saturday marked Illinois' first game-winning basket as time expired in 10 years, since Frank Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in his first Big Ten game as the Illini defeated Ohio State 80-77 on Jan. 6, 2000. There have been a number of game-winning shots by Illini players in the closing seconds since Williams' trey against the Buckeyes, but none with time expiring until Saturday when McCamey's runner defeated the Hoosiers.
D-Will an All-Star
Former Illini All-American and current Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams has been chosen to play in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in his hometown of Dallas on Feb. 14. This is the first All-Star accolade for Williams, who is in his fifth season with the Jazz and averages 19.0 points and ranks fourth in the NBA with an average of 9.5 assists. Williams will become the first Illini to play in the NBA All-Star game since Don Ohl in 1967.
Looking Back at the Last Illinois-Iowa Game
Illinois jumped out to an early 22-4 lead and cruised to a 59-42 win over Iowa on Jan. 5 at Assembly Hall. The 42 points marked season-lows, both scored by the Hawkeyes as well as given up the by Illini.
Coming off the bench for the first time, freshman D.J. Richardson responded with 17 points and career-high five rebounds. Richardson nailed 5-of-7 from 3-point range, equaling his career high of five treys. Demetri McCamey, who also played as a reserve for the first time on the season, added nine points and a game-high seven assists without a turnover.
McCamey Carrying the Load
Demetri McCamey seems to be doing it all for the Illini. He leads the Illini in scoring (15.9 ppg) and assists (7.1 apg) in conference play. In fact, McCamey has accounted for more than 47 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten games, scoring 143 points and assisting on another 152 points for a combined 295 points out of Illinois' team total of 626 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 at Penn State 6 25 31 77 40.3 Indiana 19 17 36 72 50.0 Total 143 152 295 626 47.1McCamey's Offensive Production Ranks Among Nation's Best
Name School Conference PPG APG Total 1. Devan Downey South Carolina SEC 22.9 3.6 26.5 2. Jon Scheyer Duke ACC 18.7 5.6 24.3 3. Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech ACC 19.7 4.2 23.9 4. Jerome Dyson Connecticut Big East 19.0 4.8 23.8 5. Jerome Randle California Pac-10 18.9 4.8 23.7 6. John Wall Kentucky SEC 16.9 6.7 23.6 7. Greivis Vasquez Maryland ACC 17.5 6.0 23.5 Tweety Carter Baylor Big 12 17.3 6.2 23.5 9. Manny Harris Michigan Big Ten 19.1 4.2 23.3 10. Jacob Pullen Kansas State Big 12 19.3 3.5 22.8 11. Talor Battle Penn State Big Ten 18.8 3.6 22.4 12. Demetri McCamey Illinois Big Ten 15.1 6.1 21.2 13. Willie Warren Oklahoma Big 12 16.8 4.3 21.1 14. Mikhail Torrance Alabama SEC 15.1 5.5 20.6 15. DeWayne Reed Auburn SEC 16.1 4.4 20.5 16. Kalin Lucas Michigan State Big Ten 16.0 4.1 20.1 Chris Warren Mississippi SEC 16.7 3.4 20.1
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