Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Purdue

Mike Davis has been the Illini's leading scorer in three of the last four games.
Mike Davis has been the Illini's leading scorer in three of the last four games.

Feb. 12, 2011

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 25 // Illinois (16-8, 6-5) vs. #14/12 Purdue (19-5, 8-3)
Feb. 13, 2011 // Noon CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: CBS (National) - Verne Lundquist (Play-By-Play), Clark Kellogg (Analyst)
Internet Stream:
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Westwood One - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Dave Odom (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 122, XM - 143

Probable Starters (from the previous game)
Pos.  No.  Name              Ht.   Wt.   Yr.   PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     3    Brandon Paul      6-4   200   So.   9.0    2.9   1.9   0.9 spg
G     1    D.J. Richardson   6-3   195   So.   9.5    1.9   2.0   40.9%  3FG
F     30   Bill Cole         6-9   215   Sr.   5.7    2.7   1.4   41.5%  3FG
F     24   Mike Davis        6-9   225   Sr.   11.5   6.8   1.5   52%  FG
C     12   Meyers Leonard    7-0   240   Fr.   2.5    1.4   0.1   48  FG%

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.2 0.5 0.3 50 FG% G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.3 0.2 0.6 3 steals G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 0.3 0.0 0.3 4 min. G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 0.9 0.3 0.1 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 8.0 5.3 1.7 47 off. reb. G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Sr. 14.8 3.3 6.6 47.6% 3FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.0 1.3 0.1 5 steals C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 250 Sr. 9.4 6.6 1.1 1.7 bpg

Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 292-134/.685 (13th year)
At Illinois: 189-80/.703 (8th year)

Series Notes vs. Purdue
Series Record: Purdue leads 91-84
Last Meeting:  Purdue 75, Illinois 65 (Feb. 20, 2010 at West Lafayette)
Series Streak: Purdue W-3
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 54-32
Series Streak at Champaign: Purdue W-1
Weber vs. Purdue: 7-7

Illini Encounter Another Ranked Opponent
In taking on No. 12 Purdue, Illinois faces its second-straight ranked opponent and ninth ranked opponent of the season from the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Illini are 4-4 against ranked teams on the year, owning victories over No. 24 Gonzaga (Dec. 4), No. 24 Wisconsin (Jan. 2), No. 18 Michigan State (Jan. 17) and No. 25 Minnesota (Feb. 10).

Illinois has two more ranked opponents remaining on the schedule prior to the Big Ten Tournament: at No. 1 Ohio State on Feb. 22 and a rematch with Purdue in West Lafayette on March 1.

Fighting Illini Trends
• No team has shot 50 percent against the Illini defense this season.
• The Illini bench has outscored the opposing bench in 10 consecutive games.
Demetri McCamey has averaged 15.5 points (31) over the last two games and scored in double figures both times after averaging 7.3 points (17) the previous three games and scoring in single digits in all three contests.
Mike Davis has averaged 13.8 points (83) and 7.8 rebounds (47) over the last six games after averaging 8.7 points (26) and 4.0 rebounds (12) the previous three games.
• Davis has been the Illini's leading scorer in three of the last four games.
Brandon Paul has averaged 12.3 points (86) over the last seven games after averaging 4.9 points (39) the previous eight games.
D.J. Richardson has averaged 9.3 points (28) over the last three games after averaging 3.4 points (17) the previous five games.
Bill Cole has made 4-of-6 from 3-point range over the last three games after making just 1-of-10 from behind the arc the previous four games.
Mike Tisdale has averaged three blocks (15) over the last five games.
• Paul has tallied 10 assists over the last three games after totaling nine assists over the previous eight games.
Jereme Richmond has recorded 11 assists over the last three games after totaling 10 assists over his previous seven games.
• Richardson has made 13 consecutive free throws (last miss on Dec. 29), while Cole has made 12 consecutive free throws (last miss on Nov. 19).
• Cole has committed only two turnovers over the last nine games.
• In Illinois' five Big Ten losses, opponents have combined to shoot 86.1 percent from the free throw line (99-115).

Illinois Is ...
• 18-0 in games where it has held a double-digit lead.
• 16-0 when winning the "Matto".
• 13-0 when Demetri McCamey has 7+ assists.
• 9-0 when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
• 13-1 when shooting 45+ percent.
• 11-1 at the Assembly Hall.
• 14-2 when scoring 70+ points.
• 11-2 when Mike Tisdale shoots 50+ percent from the field.
• 16-3 when shooting better than its opponent.
• 10-2 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent.
• 10-2 when D.J. Richardson scores in double figures.
• 13-3 when Mike Davis scores in double figures.

McCamey Named Cousy Award Finalist and Naismith Midseason Top 30 Candidate
Senior Demetri McCamey has been named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. McCamey leads the Illini in scoring, averaging 14.8 points, and ranks seventh in the nation in assists, averaging 6.6 apg. He has scored in double figures in 20 games, with six 20-point performances, and has been the Illini's leading scorer in 11 contests.

Fans can vote for their favorite point guard online at The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run through March 8. The list of Cousy Award candidates will be narrowed to five finalists by March 10. The winner will be presented at the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on April 4 in Houston as part of Final Four weekend.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, meanwhile, lists McCamey as one of 30 midseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy. The recipient of the Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded at the Final Four in Houston. Since 2005, fans have participated in determining the winner. Fan voting via text message accounts for 25 percent of all of the final results - more than any other national college basketball award.

Last Time Out: Illinois 71, Minnesota 62 - Feb. 10
Illinois ended its four-game road losing skid with a hard-fought win Thursday night in Minneapolis. Coach Weber asked for the Illini to give a total team effort and they delivered, tallying a season-high 46 on the team's "Matto" chart that tracks play-hard and hustle statistics. The blue-collar approach allowed the Illini to achieve a road win despite less than 40 percent shooting. Seniors and regular starters Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale also responded well to a change that had them come off the bench for the first time this season.

The game was tied at 51-all with 7:29 remaining, but the Illini finished strong, outscoring the hosts 20-11. The biggest basket of the night came from Mike Davis, who nailed an 18-foot jumper with 1:53 left that gave the Illini a 63-57 lead. The Gophers were then forced to foul, and Illinois was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line down the stretch to win it.

McCamey and Mike Davis scored 17 each to lead the Illini. Davis just missed a double-double, meanwhile, grabbing nine boards. Sophomores Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson also reached double figures, Paul tallying 12 points and Richardson adding 11.

Looking Back at Last Year's Purdue Games
• Purdue 84, Illinois 78 // Jan. 19, 2010 // Champaign, Ill.

Purdue dealt Illinois its first home loss last season. The Illini led by as many as eight points in the first half and went into intermission ahead 32-28. But the Boilermakers opened the second half on an 11-2 run to take a five-point lead with 16 minutes left. Illinois then got going on offense, but was unable to record stops on defense. Trailing by 12 with two minutes left, Illinois made one more run, twice cutting it to four points and finally to a one-possession game at 81-78 with :23 remaining, but Purdue hit its free throws to close out the game.

Demetri McCamey scored a season-high 28 points and had nine assists to lead the Illini, while Mike Davis tallied a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. D.J. Richardson hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range to also finish in double figures with 12.

• Purdue 75, Illinois 65 // Feb. 20, 2010 // West Lafayette, Ind.
Illinois held its own for 37 minutes on the road against a Top-5 opponent before ultimately falling to No. 4 Purdue. Illinois led for much of the game and trailed by just one at 61-60 with 3:15 left. But Purdue closed the game on a 14-5 run to snap the Illini's three-game road winning streak.

The Illini shot 49 percent on the day, hitting a barrage of open jumpers set up by point guard Demetri McCamey. Purdue, meanwhile, shot just 36 percent but grabbed 15 offensive rebounds which the Boilers converted into 20 second-chance points. The hosts also held a commanding advantage at the free throw line, outscoring Illinois by 21 points at the stripe. Purdue attempted 28 free throws, making 24, while the Illini were just 3-of-5 from the line, marking season lows in both free throws made and attempted.

Demetri McCamey was the story of the game, dishing out a school-record tying 16 assists that also equaled the most in the NCAA on the season. Those assists led to 37 points, many of which were scored by the frontcourt duo of Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale. Davis notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Tisdale scored 12. Brandon Paul (13 points) and D.J. Richardson (10 points) also scored in double figures.

Current Illini vs. Purdue
Demetri McCamey (8 G): 12.9 ppg (103), 3.0 rpg (24), 5.3 apg (42)

Highlights: School-record tying 16 assists last year in West Lafayette ... Season-high 28 points and nine assists last year in Champaign ... 13 points and five assists in 2009 in Champaign ... 10 points in 2009 in West Lafayette... 26 points with seven assists in 2008 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal, tying school record and Big Ten Tournament record for 3-point field goal percentage with 6-of-6 shooting behind the arc ... 15 points in 2008 in Champaign.

Mike Davis (8 G): 9.4 ppg (75), 8.0 rpg (64)
Highlights: Double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five blocks last year in West Lafayette ... Double-double with 17 points and game-high 15 rebounds last year in Champaign ... Double-double with 14 points and game-high 16 rebounds in 2009 in Champaign ... 12 points and six rebounds in 2009 in West Lafayette ... Game-high 12 rebounds in 2009 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal ... 10 points in 2008 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal.

Mike Tisdale (8 G): 6.3 ppg (50), 2.3 rpg (18)
Highlights: 12 points last year in West Lafayette ... Eight points in 2009 in Champaign ... Game-high 18 points with six rebounds in 2009 in West Lafayette.

Bill Cole (4 G): 5.0 ppg (20), 1.5 rpg (6)
Highlights: Six points last year in West Lafayette Five points and career-high three blocked shots last year in Champaign ... Season-high nine points on three 3-pointers in 2009 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal.

D.J. Richardson (2 G): 11.0 ppg (22), 2.0 rpg (4)
Highlights: 10 points last year in West Lafayette ... 12 points last year in Champaign.

Brandon Paul (2 G): 9.0 ppg (18), 1.5 rpg (3)
Highlights: 13 points last year in West Lafayette.

Tyler Griffey (2 G): 2 ppg (4), 0.5 rpg (1)

Hot Shooting at The Hall
• Illinois is 11-1 at home this season. The Illini are shooting 51.4 percent (347-675) from the field and 41.6 percent (82-197) from 3-point land at Assembly Hall.
• Illinois has shot at least 50 percent in seven home games.
• Illinois is outscoring opponents by an average of 15.7 points (188).
Mike Davis is shooting 57.1 percent (60-105) while Mike Tisdale is shooting 56 percent (47-84).
Demetri McCamey is shooting 48.1 percent from 3-point range (25-52).
D.J. Richardson is shooting 48.8 percent from the field (42-86) and 47.3 percent from 3-point land (26-55).
Jereme Richmond is shooting 58 percent (51-88) while Meyers Leonard is shooting 60 percent (18-30).

For complete Illinois Basketball Notes, click on PDF link at top of page.