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Feb. 19, 2010

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Game #27 // Illinois (17-9, 9-4) at #4/4 Purdue (22-3, 10-3)
Feb. 20, 2010 // 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET // West Lafayette, Ind. // Mackey Arena (14,123)

TV: ESPN (also streamed at - Dave O'Brien (Play-By-Play), Steve Lavin (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.   15.6   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

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 2.7 1.3 27 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.7 1.6 2.0 40.5 FG% G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 0.6 0.1 0.0 12 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.7 0.5 0.3 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 5.6 2.6 0.7 49.2 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.4 1.8 0.3 52.6 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 1.8 1.8 0.3 9-12 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 272-120/.694 (12th year)
At Illinois: 169-66/.719 (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. Purdue
Series Record: Purdue leads 90-84
Last Meeting:  Purdue 84, Illinois 78 (Jan. 19, 2010 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Purdue W-2
Record at West Lafayette: Purdue leads 56-28
Series Streak at West Lafayette: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Purdue: 7-6

Opening Tips
• In facing No. 4 Purdue on Saturday, Illinois plays its fourth of four-straight games versus Associated Press Top 15 opponents. It marks just the third time in school history, and first since 1992, that Illinois plays at least four consecutive games vs. AP Top-15 teams.

• 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).

• Richardson, Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey have combined for 569 points, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Indiana for scoring production by true freshmen this season.

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
This season, Illinois is ...
• 11-0 when getting to the line more than its opponent
• 14-1 when shooting better than its opponent
• 12-1 when shooting better than 45 percent from the field
• 13-2 when recording 15+ assists
• 12-2 when scoring 69+ points
• 10-1 when D.J. Richardson shoots better than 50 percent
• 8-1 when Mike Davis shoots better than 50 percent
• 12-2 when Demetri McCamey registers 7+ assists
• 13-3 when Richardson scores in double figures

Last Time Out
Illinois had its five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, falling to No. 13/16 Ohio State 72-53 at the Assembly Hall. In a tough combination of hot shooting by the Buckeyes and cold shooting by the Illini, Ohio State made 53.1 percent compared to the Illini, who shot a season-low 34.3 percent. The Buckeyes also made 11-of-22 from 3-point range, outscoring the hosts by 21 points behind the arc as Illinois managed to hit just 4-of-24 from 3-point land.

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.

Tough Finish
Illinois is in the midst of a daunting schedule over its final eight regular-season games, with all eight contests coming against teams in the top six of the current league standings.

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
The impact Demetri McCamey has on the Fighting Illini offense is apparent when comparing his numbers with other standout performers. When looking at leagues games from the six major conferences (Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 and SEC), McCamey has the seventh-highest combined total of points and assists among players listed in their respective league's leaders in both categories. Here is the list of players from those six conferences whose combined total is more than 21:

    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.