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March 1, 2010

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Game #30 // Illinois (18-11, 10-6) at #6/7 Ohio State (23-7, 13-4)
March 2, 2010 // 8 pm CT/9 pm ET // Columbus, Ohio. // Value City Arena (19,049)

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.   15.0   3.2   6.9   47.5  FG%
G     1     D.J. Richardson   6-3   185   Fr.   10.7   2.7   2.2   39.6  3FG%
F     30    Bill Cole         6-9   215   Jr.   4.3    3.3   1.1   46  FG%
F     24    Mike Davis        6-9   220   Jr.   10.5   8.8   1.0   64  off. reb.
C     54    Mike Tisdale      7-1   235   Jr.   11.7   6.2   0.7   46  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. 8.1 2.8 1.3 27 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.6 1.6 1.8 2.1 A/TO 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. 5.0 2.4 0.7 47.7 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.2 1.6 0.3 55 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: 273-122/.691 (12th year)
At Illinois: 170-68/.714 (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 102-65
Last Meeting:  Ohio State 72, Illinois 53 (Feb. 14, 2010 at Champaign)
Series Streak: Ohio State W-1
Record at Columbus: Tied, 40-40
Series Streak at Columbus: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Ohio State: 5-6

Illini Facing Nation's Toughest Schedule To Finish Regular Season
Illinois takes on two more ranked teams this week as the regular season comes to a close. Over its final eight games heading into postseason play, the Illini play six ranked teams, all of which are in the Top 15 of the Associated Press poll. Illinois is the only team in the country to face six ranked teams over its final eight regular season games. Three teams - Indiana, Texas Tech and Providence - play five of their last eight games against ranked teams.

This is the first time in school history that Illinois concludes the regular season with six of eight games against AP Top-15 teams.

What's on the Line
The outcome of Tuesday's Illinois-Ohio State game impacts both teams. With a win, Illinois would clinch a top-five seed and first-round bye in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. Illinois would also secure its 11th Big Ten win, the fifth time in Bruce Weber's seven seasons that the Illini would reach at least 11 wins in conference play. An Ohio State victory, on the other hand, would clinch at least a share of the Big Ten Championship for the Buckeyes.

Opening Tips
• Illinois needs either one win or one Minnesota loss to secure a first-round bye in next week's Big Ten Tournament.

• Illinois clinched a winning Big Ten record last Tuesday at Michigan, recording its 10th conference win.

Demetri McCamey is averaging 8.0 assists in conference play. He has totaled 128 assists in Big Ten games, 38 more than the next closest assists leader. McCamey enters this week needing 14 assists to break the Big Ten single-season assists record. The current record is 141 assists (7.8 apg) set by Eric Snow of Michigan State in 1995 (details on p. 6).

• McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation in assists (all games) with an average of 6.9 apg. He is challenging the Illinois single-season assists record of 6.8 apg set by Deron Williams in 2005.

• McCamey has recorded at least seven assists in 15 games this year. He is averaging 9.0 assists over the last nine games (81).

• Illinois has played 10 ranked opponents this season. The Illini are 5-5 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 Syracuse (seven wins), Georgetown, Kentucky and New Mexico (six wins apiece) for most wins over ranked teams this season. Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin also have recorded five wins vs. Top 25 teams.

• McCamey tied a school record with 16 assists at Purdue on Feb. 20. It equaled the most assists in the NCAA this season and tied the fourth-highest total in Big Ten history. It was the third-best performance, meanwhile, in a Big Ten game (details on p. 5).

• McCamey has accounted for 51.3 percent of Illinois' offense in Big Ten play (details on p. 6).

• McCamey's combined scoring (15.3 ppg) and assists (8.0 apg) total of 23.3 stands seventh among players from the six major conferences who rank among their league leaders in both categories in conference action (details on p. 6).

Mike Davis ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding (8.8 rpg).

• Davis has recorded double-doubles in each of the last three games, averaging 13.0 points (39) and 12.0 rebounds (36) over that three-game stretch.

• After averaging just 3.8 rebounds over a five game stretch from Jan. 23-Feb. 6, Davis has averaged 10.2 rebounds over the last five games (51).

• Davis has 12 double-doubles on the season, ranking second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State's Evan Turner (13).

• Davis also ranks second in the Big Ten with 21 career double-doubles, trailing only OSU's Turner (25).

Mike Tisdale (all games) ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.563), fifth in free throw percentage (.830) and fifth in blocked shots (1.6 bpg).

• In conference action, Tisdale is second in the league in field goal percentage (.540).

D.J. Richardson (all games) ranks seventh in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.6 percent (53-134).

• Richardson, Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey have combined for 627 points, ranking third in the Big Ten behind Indiana and Iowa for scoring production by true freshmen this season.

• Illinois' four leading scorers on the season are in double figures, averaging between 10.5 and 15.0 points.

• The Illini have started six different lineups.

• Illinois has had six different players record a 20-point game.

• Illinois has had eight different players score in double figures in a game.

• Illinois leads the Big Ten (conference games) in field goal percentage defense (.385) while ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.320). The Illini led the league in both categories last year.

• Illinois ranks 18th in the NCAA in in assists (16.1 apg) and 21st in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).

• Illinois recently concluded a stretch of four straight games versus Associated Press Top 15 opponents. It was the third time in school history, and first since 1992, that Illinois played at least four consecutive games vs. AP Top-15 teams.

• 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.

Demetri 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 has scored at least nine points in all but four games this season.

• McCamey scored his 1,000th career point against Indiana on Jan. 30. He currently ranks 35th on the Illinois all-time scoring list with 1,112 points.

• Seven of Illinois' losses have been by less than seven points, as the Utah, Bradley, Georgia, Gonzaga, Purdue (home), Northwestern and Minnesota games were decided by a total of 24 points (3.4 avg).

• Illinois has held a second-half lead in seven of its losses.

• In its 18 wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 76.2 points (1,371) on 48.7 percent shooting (466-957) and 17.0 assists (306), while in 11 losses, the offense is averaging 66.5 points (731) on 39.0 percent shooting (274-702) and 14.6 assists (161).

Last Time Out
Illinois' comeback attempt fell short in a 62-60 loss to Minnesota on Saturday at the Assembly Hall. After a sluggish first half and ice cold shooting against the Gophers zone, Illinois found itself trailing by 19 points (51-32) with seven minutes remaining. The Illini finally got into a rhythm on offense and used a combination of a fullcourt press and aggressive halfcourt defense to go on a 26-8 run, cutting the deficit to one point at 59-58 with one minute left. The Illini had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but came away empty after a turnover by Demetri McCamey. Minnesota answered with a dunk and added a free throw on its next possession. After a UI basket with 10 seconds left cut it to two, Minnesota missed two free throws with :08 remaining to give the Illini one final chance, but D.J. Richardson's missed an off-balance jumper just before the buzzer.

Bill Cole led the Illini, scoring a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers. Mike Davis recorded his third straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Richardson also scored in double figures with 10. McCamey, meanwhile, had nine points and a game-high 10 assists.

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