Senior Demetri McCamey will make his final Assembly Hall appearance on Saturday, as Illinois hosts Indiana at 11 am.
March 4, 2011
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game 31 // Illinois (18-12, 8-9) vs. Indiana (12-18, 3-14)
March 5, 2011 // 11 am CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
TV: BTN - Tom Hart (Play-By-Play), Jim Jackson (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 125, XM - 196
Probable Starters (from the previous game) Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Sr. 14.8 3.4 6.2 46.8% 3FG G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 So. 8.6 1.8 2.0 39.1% 3FG F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Sr. 4.9 2.6 1.2 80% FT F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 225 Sr. 12.1 7.0 1.6 53.1% FG C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 250 Sr. 10.1 6.3 1.2 1.6 bpg
Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.1 0.4 0.3 50% FG G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 9.4 2.8 2.0 1.0 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.2 0.1 0.6 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 2.0 1.4 0.1 10 blocks G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 0.3 0.0 0.3 1 steal G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 0.9 0.3 0.1 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 7.7 5.2 1.9 51.9% FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 1.8 1.2 0.0 5 steals
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 294-138/.681 (13th year)
At Illinois: 191-84/.695 (8th year)
Series Notes vs. Indiana
Series Record: Indiana leads 83-82
Last Meeting: Indiana 52, Illinois 49 (Jan. 27, 2011 at Bloomington)
Series Streak: Indiana W-1
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 48-31
Series Streak at Champaign: Illinois W-2
Weber vs. Indiana at Illinois: 10-5
Weber vs. Indiana All-Time: 11-6
Saturday marks the final home game of the season for the Illini, which means it will be Senior Day at the Assembly Hall. Here is a look at the four seniors that will be honored following Saturday's game from the Fighting Illini Class of 2011: Bill Cole, Mike Tisdale, Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey.
Cole is a two-year starter who has played in 95 games, totaling 358 points and 225 rebounds. He has knocked down 66 career treys and ranked second in the Big Ten in 3-point shooting during conference play as a junior. Cole was voted a Team Co-Captain and Most Improved Player last season, and won the Matto Award for leading the Illini in hustle statistics. He scored a career-high 15 points last year vs. Minnesota, and a season-high 14 points at Iowa in December. Cole will graduate in May with a degree in agricultural and consumer economics-policy, international trade, and development.
Tisdale is a three-year starter who has played in 135 games, starting 100. He has scored in double figures for each of the past three seasons, averaging 10.1 points this year after ranking second on the team with 11.9 points as a junior and third as a sophomore at 10.2 points per game. Tisdale currently ranks 28th on the Illini career scoring list with 1,205 points. He is challenging for the UI career shot-blocking record, currently third all-time with 170 blocks, just seven shy of the record. He also ranks eighth in school history in career field goal accuracy, shooting 54 percent. Tisdale scored a career-high 31 points last year versus Northwestern and pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds at Penn State in January. He is a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten pick and three-time Academic all-conference selection. Tisdale will graduate in May with a degree in communication.
Davis is a three-year starter who has played in 134 games, starting 96. He is the Big Ten's active career leading rebounder, ranking second in Illinois history with 877 boards, and has led the Illini on the glass for three straight seasons. Davis currently ranks 26th on the Illinois all-time scoring chart with 1,219 points. He leads all active Big Ten players with 29 career double-doubles, including five this season. A second-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore and honorable mention all-conference pick last year, Davis is averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior. He scored a career-high 28 points as a sophomore versus Clemson, and collected a career-best 18 rebounds last year against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. Davis is on pace to graduate in August with a degree in recreation, sport and tourism-sport management
McCamey has stared 111 of 135 games. Just the second Big Ten player ever to total 1,600 points and 700 assists, McCamey ranks second in UI history and fourth in conference history with 710 career assists. He has led the Illini in scoring for three straight seasons - just the third player in the last 47 years to accomplish that feat - and ranks seventh on the Illini all-time scoring list with 1,663 points. McCamey is averaging 14.8 points this season and stands ninth in the NCAA with an average of 6.2 assists. He earned first-team All-Big Ten and All-District honors last year after averaging 15.1 points and ranking second in the nation in assists with a school-record average of 7.1 per game. He was a third-team all-conference pick as a sophomore. McCamey scored a career-high 31 points during his freshman season against Indiana and tied the school assists record with 16 last year at Purdue, the fourth-highest total in Big Ten history. McCamey is on pace to graduate in August with a degree in recreation, sport and tourism-recreation management.
Heating Back Up
The Illini are shooting a combined 52.4 percent from the field over the last three games. Illinois shot 50 percent in each of those three contests, making 51.9 percent at Ohio State (Feb. 22), followed by 55.4 percent vs. Iowa (Feb. 26) and 50 percent Tuesday at Purdue. It is the first time Illinois has made 50 percent in three straight games since the first three contests of the Big Ten season: at Iowa on Dec. 29 (66.7 pct.), vs. Wisconsin on Jan. 2 (56.1 pct.) and vs. Northwestern on Jan. 6 (70.5 pct.).
Big Ten Tournament Forecast
The No. 4, 5, 6 and 7 seeds are still in play for the Illini in next week's Big Ten Tournament. The Illini can clinch an opening-round bye and spot in the 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal by defeating Indiana on Saturday, facing the winner of Saturday's Michigan State at Michigan contest. With a loss to Indiana, Illinois would be anywhere from the 5 through 7 seed. Here are the current possible Big Ten Tournament scenarios for the Illini:
If Illinois Defeats Indiana:
ILL is #4 seed with wins by MICH & MINN this weekend, and will play #5 seed MICH
ILL is #5 seed with wins by MICH & PSU this weekend, and will play #4 seed MICH
ILL is #5 seed with win by MSU this weekend, and plays #4 seed MSU
If Indiana Defeats Illinois:
ILL is #5 seed with wins by MSU & MINN this weekend, and will play #4 seed MSU
ILL is #6 seed with wins by MICH & MINN or MSU & PSU this weekend, and will play #11 seed*
*In this scenario #11 seed is IOWA, unless IOWA wins this weekend. In that case, #11 seed is IND
ILL is #7 seed with wins by MICH & PSU this weekend, and will play #10 seed^
^In this scenario #10 seed is IND, unless IOWA wins this weekend. In that case #10 seed is IOWA
Home Sweet Home
Illinois is taking aim at its best homecourt record in five years. The Illini are currently 13-2 at the Assembly Hall and have not had fewer than three home losses since 2006, the last of a seven-year stretch where the Illini either went undefeated or lost just one home game per season.
Hot Shooting at The Hall
The Illini are shooting 50.7 percent (425-838) from the field at the Assembly Hall.
Illinois has shot at least 50 percent in eight home games.
Illinois is outscoring opponents by an average of 12.8 points (192).
Mike Tisdale is shooting 59.5 percent (66-111) while Mike Davis is shooting 57.8 percent (78-135).
Demetri McCamey is shooting 46.3 percent from 3-point range (31-67).
D.J. Richardson is shooting 47.6 percent from the field (50-105) and 43.9 percent from 3-point land (29-66).
Jereme Richmond is shooting 58.9 percent (56-95) while Meyers Leonard is shooting 56.3 percent (18-32).
Seniors Stepping Up
Illini seniors Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale have carried the load lately. Over the last five games, the trio has accounted for 68.1 percent of Illinois' scoring, totaling 224 of the UI's 329 points. Highlighting that effort was their performance last Saturday vs. Iowa when they combined for 63 points, the highest total the trio has ever recorded in a game. Here is a look at their scoring production over the last five games:
Opponent (Date) DM-MD-MT Pts UI Total Pts Pct of Pts Michigan (Feb. 16) 38 54 70.4 at Michigan State (Feb. 19) 38 57 66.7 at Ohio State (Feb. 22) 47 70 67.1 Iowa (Feb. 26) 63 81 77.8 at Purdue (March 1) 38 67 56.7 5-Game Totals 224 329 68.1
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