Men's Basketball
Illinois vs. Ohio State Preview

Demetri McCamey and the Illini host Ohio State Sunday at Noon. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.
Demetri McCamey and the Illini host Ohio State Sunday at Noon. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.

Feb. 13, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game #26 // Illinois (17-8, 9-3) vs. #13/16 Ohio State (19-6, 9-3)
Feb. 14, 2010 // Noon CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: CBS - Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play), Greg Anthony (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.    15.8   3.1    6.4    49.8  FG%
G     1    D.J. Richardson   6-3   185   Fr.    11.1   2.6    2.4    43.9  3FG%
F     30   Bill Cole         6-9   215   Jr.    3.9    3.1    1.1    16  blocks
F     24   Mike Davis        6-9   220   Jr.    10.3   8.4    1.0    51  off. reb.
C     54   Mike Tisdale      7-1   235   Jr.    12.0   6.1    0.7    43  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. 8.2 2.6 1.4 26 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.7 1.6 2.1 42.5 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. 5.6 2.6 0.8 48.8 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.4 1.8 0.3 52.8 FG% 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: 272-119/.696 (12th year)
At Illinois: 169-65/.722 (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. Ohio State
Series Record: Illinois leads 102-64
Last Meeting:  Illinois 70, Ohio State 68 (Feb. 22, 2009 at Columbus)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 60-23
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Ohio State: 5-5

Opening Tips
• With a 9-3 record, Illinois is tied for first place in the Big Ten standings with Sunday's opponent, Ohio State, as well as Michigan State. Purdue, meanwhile, trails the three conference leaders by just a half-game.

• Illinois carries a season-long five-game winning streak into Sunday's contest vs. Ohio State.

• In facing No. 13 Ohio State, Illinois plays its third of four-straight games versus Associated Press Top 15 opponents.

• In his last two outings vs. Michigan State and Wisconsin, Demetri McCamey combined to average 24.5 points and 9.0 assists while shooting 65.5 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from 3-point range.

• 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 four of the last six games, combining to shoot 51.2 percent (152-297) over those six games.

• With its win at Wisconsin on Tuesday, Illinois became the first unranked Big Ten team to win at the Kohl Center in UW Coach Bo Ryan's nine-year tenure. It was Wisconsin's sixth Big Ten home loss under Ryan. Three of those six defeats have been to Bruce Weber's Illini (2005, 2006, 2010).

• Illinois plays its ninth ranked opponent of the season on Sunday in No. 13/16 Ohio State. The Illini are 5-3 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, No. 5/5 Michigan State last Saturday, and at No. 11/13 Wisconsin on Tuesday.

• Illinois' win over No. 5 Michigan State last 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.

• The victories over No. 5 Michigan State and at No. 11 Wisconsin marked Illinois' first back-to-back wins over Associated Press Top-15 teams since defeating No. 9 Arizona (90-89) and No. 4 Louisville (72-57) in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. It was the first time beating back-to-back Top-15 teams during the regular season since the Illini topped No. 7 Seton Hall (87-79) and No. 7 Arizona (81-73) in December 2000. Finally, it was the first back-to-back wins over Big Ten Top-15 teams since the UI won three straight over No. 3 Indiana (70-67), No. 15 Iowa (118-94) and No. 8 Michigan (89-73) in March 1989.

• Illinois notched its fifth road win of the season, and fourth in Big Ten play, with Tuesday's victory at Wisconsin. Illinois is tied atop the Big Ten with Michigan State and Purdue for most total road wins and conference road wins this season.

Demetri McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation in assists with an average of 6.4 apg. He is on pace to have the second-highest single-season average in school history, behind only Deron Williams' school-record average of 6.8 apg in 2005.

• McCamey is averaging 7.4 assists in conference play. He has totaled 89 assists in Big Ten games, 32 more than the next closest assists leader. McCamey is on pace to record the fifth-highest single-season average in Big Ten history.

• McCamey has accounted for 50 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten play.

• McCamey's combined scoring (15.8 ppg) and assists (6.4 apg) total of 22.2 stands 12th among players from the six major conferences who rank among their league leaders in both categories.

• McCamey tallied his ninth 20-point game of the season with 27 points at Wisconsin. He has 16 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.

• McCamey tied his career high in assists with 11 against Michigan State last Saturday, the most in the Big Ten this year.

• McCamey has recorded at least seven assists in 13 games this year, including each of the last five. Illinois is 12-1 in games where McCamey records at least seven assists.

• McCamey is averaging 18.9 points over the last 10 games (189).

• McCamey has been on the floor 93.3 percent of the time for the Illini over the last 10 games, averaging 37.3 minutes per contest.

• McCamey has scored at least nine points in all but three games this season.

• Over the last seven games, D.J. Richardson is averaging 13.0 points (91) on 50 percent shooting from the field (28-56), and 45.2 percent from 3-point range (14-31).

• McCamey scored his 1,000th career point against Indiana on Jan. 30. He currently ranks 39th on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,074 points.

• Richardson (all games) ranks second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.9 percent (47-107).

• 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 555 points, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Indiana for scoring production by true freshmen this season.

Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.585), fourth in free throw percentage (.833) and fifth in blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

Mike Davis ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding (8.4 rpg).

• Davis ranks second in the Big Ten in double-doubles this season with nine.

• Davis also ranks second in the Big Ten with 18 career double-doubles, trailing only Ohio State's Evan Turner (23).

• Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.3 and 15.8 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.

• Illinois is undefeated this season in games where it shoots more free throws than its opponent (11-0).

• Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring in conference games, averaging 68.7 points.

• Illinois leads the Big Ten (conference games) in field goal percentage defense (.388) while ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.305). The Illini led the league in both categories last year.

• Illinois ranks 22nd in the NCAA in both assists (16.3 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.3).

• The Illini rank 25th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.300)

• 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 17 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 77.6 points (1,320) on 49.3 percent shooting (447-906) and 17.3 assists (294), while in eight losses, the offense is averaging 69.1 points (553) on 39.6 percent shooting (201-508) and 14.1 assists (113).

Last Time Out
Illinois recorded its fifth consecutive win, and second straight over a top-15 opponent, defeating No. 11 Wisconsin 63-56 on Tuesday night to become the first unranked Big Ten team to win at the Kohl Center in UW Coach Bo Ryan's 9-year tenure.

Demetri McCamey was brilliant once again, scoring a game-high 27 points while also dishing out a game-high seven assists. Mike Tisdale was the beneficiary of many of McCamey's passes and he converted, hitting 8-of-11 shots en route to 19 points. D.J. Richardson, meanwhile, scored all nine of his points in the second half.

The Illini shot 53.3 percent, topping 50 percent for the fourth time in the last six games. The Badgers, meanwhile, shot 35.7 percent and made just two field goals in the final nine minutes. Illinois also outrebounded Wisconsin 35-27, led by Mike Davis and Bill Cole, who grabbed eight boards apiece.

Illinois' strong performance resulted in Wisconsin's sixth conference home loss under Ryan. Three of those six defeats have been to Bruce Weber's Illini.

Richmond Named McDonald's All-American
Illinois signee and Waukegan High School senior wing Jereme Richmond (6-8, 195) has been named a 2010 McDonald's All-American. Richmond is one of 24 players selected and will play for the West squad in the McDonald's All-American Game on March 31 in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be televised at 7 pm CT on ESPN. Richmond becomes the 13th Illinois recruit to participate in the McDonald's All-American Game and the first since Dee Brown in 2002.

Big Ten Tournament Single-Session Tickets on Sale Monday
Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m. CT, both all-session and single-session tickets for the 2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will be on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Single-session tickets range from $30 to $75 depending on session and seat location. All-session tickets are available for $165 or $220 depending on seat location. Orders will be limited to 12 all-session or single-session tickets.

In addition, students of the 11 Big Ten universities can purchase a $50 men's tournament all-session ticket for the first time. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to four all-session tickets. Illinois students interested in purchasing all-session tickets should contact the Illinois Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1.

McCamey Earns Big Ten Co-Player of the Week Honors
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. 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.

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