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Feb. 8, 2010

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Game #25 // Illinois (16-8, 8-3) at #11/13 Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3)
Feb. 9, 2010 // 6 pm CT // Madison, Wis. // Kohl Center (17,230)

TV: BTN - Dave Revsine (Play-By-Play), Jim Jackson (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-90, 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   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

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. considering redshirt G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 8.6 2.7 1.4 25 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.8 1.6 2.2 43.6 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. 5.8 2.6 0.8 48.8 FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 10.7 8.5 1.0 51 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: 271-119/.695 (12th year)
At Illinois: 168-65/.721 (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. Wisconsin
Series Record: Illinois leads 107-74
Last Meeting:  Wisconsin 63, Illinois 50 (Feb. 5, 2009 at Madison)
Series Streak: Wisconsin W-1
Record at Madison: Wisconsin leads 52-38
Series Streak at Madison: Wisconsin W-2
Weber vs. Wisconsin: 6-8

Opening Tips
• Illinois carries a season-long four-game winning streak into Tuesday night's game at Wisconsin. It is the third time this year the Illini have won four consecutive games.

• 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.

• Richardson, Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey have combined for 542 points, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Indiana for scoring production by true freshmen 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.

Tough Finish
Illinois has a daunting schedule over its last eight games to close the regular season, with seven dates against teams in the top six of the current league standings. It began last Saturday with the victory over Big Ten leader Michigan State. The Illini next play back-to-back games against teams they are tied for second with in Wisconsin and Ohio State. After that is a trip to Purdue to face the Boilermakers, who are currently a half-game out of second. Illinois will face the Badgers and Buckeyes again down the stretch with its remaining two games coming against a pair of teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament in Minnesota (currently in sixth place) and at Michigan (eighth).

Last Time Out
Illinois recorded its first win over a top-five opponent in five years, defeating No. 5 Michigan State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall by the score of 78-73. The Illini roared out to a 14-4 lead before the Spartans answered with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two. Illinois built the lead up to seven points twice more during the half but went into the locker room ahead by one at 35-34. MSU held leads of its own on five occasions during the second half, but this time it was the Illini who kept answering. Trailing 57-55, the Illini went on a 9-0 run to take a 64-57 lead with seven minutes remaining. The Spartans pulled to within one and eventually tied it with 1:45 to go. But Brandon Paul hit a driving layup and forced a turnover and Demetri McCamey nailed a 3-pointer to put the Illini up five with 30 seconds left. D.J. Richardson hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch and Mike Davis blocked a 3-point attempt that could have tied the game, then put an exclamation mark on the victory with a breakaway dunk just before the buzzer.

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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