Illinois vs. Ohio State Preview
Feb. 13, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: CBS - Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play), Greg Anthony (Analysis)
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
Series Notes vs. Ohio State
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.
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
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
Big Ten Tournament Single-Session Tickets on Sale Monday
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
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.