Illinois at Purdue Preview
Feb. 19, 2010
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPN (also streamed at ESPN360.com) - Dave O'Brien (Play-By-Play), Steve Lavin (Analysis)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 15.6 3.0 6.5 49.1 FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.8 2.6 2.3 41.2 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.0 3.2 1.0 16 blocks F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 10.2 8.4 1.0 54 off. reb. C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.8 6.2 0.7 43 blocks
Series Notes vs. Purdue
Illinois plays its 10th ranked opponent of the season in No. 4 Purdue. The Illini are 5-4 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 on Feb. 6, and at No. 11/13 Wisconsin on Feb. 9.
With five Top 25 wins, the Illini trail only Georgetown and Syracuse (six wins each) for most wins over ranked teams this season. Kansas, Kentucky, Purdue, Duke and Wisconsin have also recorded five wins vs. Top 25 teams.
Illinois had its season-long five-game winning streak snapped last Sunday vs. Ohio State. After combining to shoot 51.2 percent (152-297) over a six-game stretch from Jan. 23-Feb. 9, the Illini shot just 34.3 percent against the Buckeyes.
Demetri McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation in assists with an average of 6.5 apg. He is on pace to register 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 7.5 assists in conference play. He has totaled 98 assists in Big Ten games, 28 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 (16.6 ppg) and assists (7.5 apg) total of 24.1 stands seventh among players from the six major conferences who rank among their league leaders in both categories in conference action.
McCamey tallied his ninth 20-point game of the season with 27 points at Wisconsin on Feb. 9. He has 16 career 20-point games to lead the Illini.
McCamey tied his career high in assists with 11 against Michigan State on Feb. 6, 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 six.
McCamey is averaging 18.0 points over the last 11 games (198).
McCamey has been on the floor 93.3 percent of the time for the Illini over the last 11 games, averaging 37.3 minutes per contest.
With its win at Wisconsin on Feb. 9, 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' win over No. 5 Michigan State on Feb. 6 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' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.2 and 15.6 points.
The Illini have started six different lineups this season.
Illinois has had eight different players score in double figures in a game this season.
Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten (conference games) in field goal percentage defense (.397) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.319). The Illini led the league in both categories last year.
Illinois ranks 20th in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and 21st in assists (16.2 apg).
Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (.581), fourth in free throw percentage (.833) and fifth in blocked shots (1.7 bpg).
In conference action, Tisdale leads the league in field goal percentage (.569).
D.J. Richardson (all games) ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 41.2 percent (47-114).
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).
McCamey has scored at least nine points in all but three games this season.
McCamey is shooting 53.8 percent from the field, and 47.3 percent from 3-point range, at Assembly Hall. Richardson, meanwhile, is shooting 50.8 percent from behind the arc in home games.
McCamey scored his 1,000th career point against Indiana on Jan. 30. He currently ranks 38th on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,083 points.
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.
Six of Illinois' nine 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 nine losses, the offense is averaging 67.3 points (606) on 39.0 percent shooting (224-575) and 14.0 assists (126).
Fighting Illini Trends
Last Time Out
Demetri McCamey just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and a game-high nine assists. Mike Tisdale had eight points and eight rebounds while Mike Davis added eight points and seven boards.
It began Feb. 6 with Big Ten leader Michigan State and continued Feb. 9 at then second-place Wisconsin. The Illini then played Big Ten leader Ohio State last Sunday and follow that with a trip to Purdue on Saturday to face the Boilers, who are are just a half-game out of first.
Illinois will face the Buckeyes and Badgers again in its last two games with the other match-ups coming against a pair of teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament in Michigan (currently tied for sixth place) and Minnesota (also tied for sixth).
McCamey's Offensive Production Ranks Among Nation's Best
Name School Conference PPG APG Total 1. Greivis Vasquez Maryland ACC 21.5 6.4 27.9 2. Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech ACC 22.1 4.9 27.0 3. James Anderson Oklahoma State Big 12 23.7 3.0 26.7 4. Evan Turner Ohio State Big Ten 20.3 5.8 26.1 5. Courtney Fortson Arkansas SEC 19.7 6.1 25.8 6. Jerome Randle California Pac-10 20.4 4.4 24.8 7. Demetri McCamey Illinois Big Ten 16.6 7.5 24.1 8. Talor Battle Penn State Big Ten 19.5 4.4 23.9 9. Jon Scheyer Duke ACC 18.8 4.5 23.3 10. Tommy Mason-Griffin Oklahoma Big 12 18.5 3.7 22.2 11. John Wall Kentucky SEC 16.7 5.5 22.2 12. John Roberson Texas Tech Big 12 16.9 5.1 22.0 13. Jerome Dyson Connecticut Big East 17.1 4.7 21.8 14. Erving Walker Florida SEC 16.4 5.3 21.7 15. E'Twaun Moore Purdue Big Ten 18.3 3.1 21.4 16. Tweety Carter Baylor Big 12 14.9 6.4 21.3 17. Denis Clemente Kansas State Big 12 17.5 3.7 21.2*For complete set of Illinois Basketball game notes, click on PDF link at top of this page.