Illinois-Michigan State Preview
Feb. 5, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPN (also streamed at ESPN360.com) - Dan Shulman (Play-By-Play), Dick Vitale (Analysis), Erin Andrews (Reports)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 15.1 3.2 6.2 34 steals G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 11.1 2.7 2.5 44.4 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.0 3.0 1.1 15 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.2 1.7 0.3 53.2 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.9 6.1 0.7 41 blocks
Series Notes vs. Michigan State
ESPN College GameDay driven by State Farm will broadcast live from Illinois on Saturday.
After shooting 39.5 percent (145-367) from the field over a six-game stretch from Jan. 2-19, Illinois has shot 49 percent (97-193) over the last four games.
Six of Illinois' eight remaining games are against teams in the top two of the Big Ten standings.
Illinois notched its fourth road win of the season, and third in conference play, with Wednesday's victory at Iowa. Michigan State is the only Big Ten team with more road wins than the Illini (five overall, four in league).
Illinois leads the Big Ten (conference games) in field goal percentage defense (.376) while ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.292). The Illini led the league in both categories last year.
Demetri McCamey has accounted for nearly 48 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten play.
McCamey's combined scoring (15.1 ppg) and assists (6.2 apg) total of 21.3 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 6.2 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 71 assists in Big Ten games, 25 more than the next closest assists leader.
McCamey is averaging 17.5 points over the last eight games (140).
Over the last five games, D.J. Richardson is averaging 13.6 points (68) on 52.5 percent shooting from the field (21-40), and 47.8 percent from 3-point range (11-23).
Richardson (all games) ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.4 percent (44-99).
Richardson scored a career-high 20 points at Penn State on Jan. 27, becoming the sixth different UI player to record a 20-point game this season.
Mike Tisdale has scored in double figures in four straight games.
Tisdale (all games) ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.579), fifth in free throw percentage (.827) and fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).
Mike Davis leads the Big Ten while ranking 53rd in the NCAA in rebounding (8.7 rpg).
Davis ranks second in the Big Ten and 30th in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with nine.
Davis also ranks second in the Big Ten in career double-doubles with 18, trailing only Ohio State's Evan Turner (22).
Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring in conference games, averaging 68.3 points.
Illinois ranks 12th in the NCAA in assists (16.6 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 (.293)
Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.5 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.
McCamey scored his 1,000th career point against Indiana last Saturday. He currently ranks 40th on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,025 points.
Tisdale recorded his 100th career block vs. Indiana last Saturday. He currently ranks sixth on the UI all-time blocked shots list with 104.
McCamey has been on the floor 92 percent of the time for the Illini over the last seven games, averaging 37 minutes per contest.
McCamey has scored at least nine points in all but three games this season.
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.
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 15 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 78.6 points (1,179) on 48.9 percent shooting (392-802) and 17.9 assists (269), 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
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.
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Last Time Out
Demetri McCamey led the Illini once again with game highs of 15 points and seven assists, while tying his season high in rebounds with seven. Mike Tisdale reached double figures in the fourth straight game, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds, while D.J. Richardson added 11 points.
Sweeping The "I's"
Looking Back at the Last Illinois-Michigan State Game
McCamey and Cole Named Captains by Teammates
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 at Penn State 6 25 31 77 40.3 Indiana 19 17 36 72 50.0 at Iowa 15 16 31 57 54.4 Total 158 168 326 683 47.7
McCamey'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 4.7 23.7 Jerome Randle California Pac-10 18.9 4.8 23.7 John Wall Kentucky SEC 16.9 6.8 23.7 7. Greivis Vasquez Maryland ACC 17.5 6.0 23.5 8. Tweety Carter Baylor Big 12 17.1 6.2 23.3 9. Manny Harris Michigan Big Ten 18.7 4.2 22.9 10. Talor Battle Penn State Big Ten 19.0 3.8 22.8 11. Jacob Pullen Kansas State Big 12 19.0 3.5 22.5 12. Demetri McCamey Illinois Big Ten 15.1 6.2 21.3 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. Chris Warren Mississippi SEC 16.6 3.5 20.1
For complete set of Illinois basketball game notes, click on PDF link at top of this page.