Men's Basketball
Illinois at Iowa Preview

Demetri McCamey and the Illini are on the road Wednesday, playing Iowa at 7:30 pm on BTN.
Demetri McCamey and the Illini are on the road Wednesday, playing Iowa at 7:30 pm on BTN.

Feb. 2, 2010

Illinois Basketball Game Notes vs. Iowa in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

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

Coaching Staff
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

Opening Tips
• 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.

• Richardson, Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey have combined for 497 points, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Indiana for scoring production by true freshmen 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.

Mike Davis scored his 700th career point against Indiana on Saturday while Mike Tisdale recorded his 700th career point at Northwestern on Jan. 23.

• 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          47.1
McCamey's Offensive Production Ranks Among Nation's Best
The impact Demetri McCamey has on the Fighting Illini offense is apparent when comparing his numbers with other standout performers. From the six major conferences (Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 and SEC), McCamey has the 12th-highest combined total of points and assists among players listed in their respective league's leaders in both categories. Here is the list of players from those six conferences whose combined total is more than 20:
     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

For complete set of Illinois basketball game notes, click on PDF link at top of this page.