Feb. 8, 2010
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: BTN - Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play), Jim Jackson (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 6.4 48.8 FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 11.2 2.6 2.5 44.2 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.9 2.9 1.1 16 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.4 1.7 0.3 52.9 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.7 6.2 0.8 42 blocks
Series Notes vs. Wisconsin
With an 8-3 record, Illinois is tied for second place in the Big Ten standings with Tuesday's opponent, Wisconsin, as well as Ohio State. All three teams trail Michigan State by one game.
In facing No. 11/13 Wisconsin, Illinois plays its second of four-consecutive games versus Top 25 opponents.
Wisconsin is known for its impressive homecourt record in Big Ten play under Coach Bo Ryan. The Badgers have only lost five conference games at the Kohl Center in Ryan's nine seasons. Two of those five losses have been to the Illini, in 2005 and 2006.
After shooting 39.5 percent (145-367) from the field over a six-game stretch from Jan. 2-19, Illinois has shot better than 50 percent in three of the last five games, combining to shoot 50.8 percent (128-252) over those five games.
Illinois' win over No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday marked its first victory over a top-five opponent since defeating No. 4 Louisville in the Final Four on April 2, 2005. It was the UI's first win at home over a top-five team since beating No. 1 Wake Forest at the Assembly Hall on Dec. 1, 2004.
Illinois plays its eighth ranked opponent this season in No. 11/13 Wisconsin. The Illini are 4-3 against Top 25 teams, with victories at No. 18/19 Clemson on Dec. 2, No. 24 Vanderbilt (Coaches poll) on Dec. 8, No. 25 Northwestern (AP poll) on Dec. 30 and No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday.
Demetri McCamey tallied his eighth 20-point game of the season with 22 points against Michigan State. He has 15 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.
McCamey tied his career high in assists with 11 against the Spartans, the most in the Big Ten this year.
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring in conference games, averaging 69.2 points.
Illinois leads the Big Ten (conference games) in field goal percentage defense (.390) while ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.297). The Illini led the league in both categories last year.
Illinois notched its fourth road win of the season, and third in conference play, with last Wednesday's victory at Iowa. Michigan State is the only Big Ten team with more road wins than the Illini (MSU has five overall and four in league play).
Demetri McCamey has accounted for nearly 49 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten play.
McCamey's combined scoring (15.4 ppg) and assists (6.4 apg) total of 21.8 ranks 13th among players from the six major conferences who rank among their league leaders in both categories.
McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth in the nation in assists with an average of 6.4 apg. He is on pace to have the third-highest single-season average in school history and the best by an Illini since Deron Williams' school-record average of 6.8 assists in 2005.
McCamey is averaging 7.5 assists in conference play. He has totaled 82 assists in Big Ten games, 31 more than the next closest assists leader.
McCamey is averaging 18.0 points over the last nine games (140).
Over the last six games, D.J. Richardson is averaging 13.7 points (82) on 50 percent shooting from the field (25-50), and 46.4 percent from 3-point range (13-28).
Richardson (all games) ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.2 percent (46-104).
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.
Tisdale (all games) ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.576), fifth in free throw percentage (.827) and fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).
Mike Davis ranks second in the Big Ten and 60th in the NCAA in rebounding (8.5 rpg).
Davis ranks second in the Big Ten 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 (23).
Illinois ranks 15th in the NCAA in assists (16.6 apg) and 19th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
The Illini rank 16th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.295)
Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.7 and 15.4 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 on Jan. 30. He currently ranks 40th on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,047 points.
McCamey has been on the floor 93 percent of the time for the Illini over the last nine games, averaging 37 minutes per contest.
McCamey has scored at least nine points in all but three games 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 16 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 78.6 points (1,257) on 49.1 percent shooting (423-861) and 17.9 assists (286), while in eight losses, the offense is averaging 69.1 points (553) on 39.6 percent shooting (201-508) and 14.1 assists (113).
McCamey Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Demetri McCamey was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday by the conference office, earning the award for the first time in his career. McCamey averaged 18.5 points, 9.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds last week while shooting 54 percent from the field and 57 percent from behind the arc.
He was the leading scorer in both games, posting 15 points in the victory at Iowa and following with 22 points in the win over No. 5 Michigan State, his eighth 20-point game of the season. McCamey also dominated both games with his passing, totaling a game-high seven assists vs. the Hawkeyes followed by a career-high tying 11 assists against the Spartans - the highest total in Big Ten play this year. His seven assists at Iowa led to 16 points, and his 11 assists against MSU led to 23 points, as he accounted for 54 percent of Illinois' offense against the Hawkeyes and 58 percent versus the Spartans. McCamey also tied his season high in rebounds at Iowa with seven boards.
McCamey shares the weekly honor with former high school teammate Evan Turner of Ohio State.
Last Time Out
McCamey led the way with his first double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and tying his career high with 11 assists. Davis scored 16 off the bench while Richardson added 14. Both teams shot the ball well, with the Illini hitting 52.5 percent (31-59) and the Spartans 54.7 percent (29-53). But MSU committed 18 turnovers compared to Illinois' 10, and the Illini held a 20-to-11 advantage in points off turnovers.
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