Illinois-Kent State Preview
March 21, 2010
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPNU (also streamed online at ESPN360.com) - Dave Weekley (Play-By-Play), Dickey Simpkins (Analysis)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 15.1 3.5 6.9 46.3 FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.6 2.7 2.1 39.4 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.4 3.2 1.0 46.1 FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 10.6 9.0 1.0 76 off. reb. C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.9 6.1 0.8 55 blocks
Illini NIT Notes
The Illini own a record of 6-3 all-time in the NIT.
Las Wednesday's victory at Stony Brook marked the first time Illinois played a road game in the NIT. Illinois owns all-time NIT records of 4-2 at home, 1-0 on the road, and 1-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Bruce Weber is making his second appearance as a head coach in the NIT. Weber's 2000 Southern Illinois squad went 1-1 in the NIT, winning at Colorado before losing at Brigham Young. Weber also was an assistant coach at Purdue when the Boilermakers made three NIT appearances, including back-to-back trips to New York City in 1981 and '82.
The winner of the Illinois-Kent State game advances to the NIT Quarterfinals on Wednesday, facing the winner of Cincinnati-Dayton.
Illinois All-Time Results in the NIT
1982: Preliminary Games (at Champaign, Ill.):
1996: Preliminary Game (at Champaign, Ill.):
2010: Preliminary Game (at Stony Brook, N.Y.):
All-Time Illini Individual Single-Game Highs in the NIT
Another 20-Win Season for the Illini
McCamey in Elite Illini Company, Nearing Class of His Own
He has already joined former Illini All-America guard Deron Williams as the only UI players with career totals of 1,100 points and 500 assists in three seasons. McCamey is the fifth Illini player overall to reach both milestones. Here is a complete list of Illinois' all-time 1,100 point-500 assist club:
Illini with 1,100 points and 500 assists in three-year span Deron Williams, 2003-05 1,111 pts - 594 ast Demetri McCamey, 2008-10 1,192 pts - 505 ast
Fighting Illini Player Trends
McCamey has made 17-of-19 free throws (89.5 percent) over the last seven games.
McCamey has recorded four steals in back-to-back games.
Mike Tisdale has scored in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 14.4 points (72) and shooting 69.4 percent (25-36).
D.J. Richardson has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, averaging 14.3 points (43).
Richardson is shooting 41.7 percent (10-24) from 3-point range over the last three games after hitting just 24.3 percent (9-37) from 3-point land over the previous seven games.
Mike Davis has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, averaging 13.3 points (40) and shooting 56.3 percent (18-32).
Davis is averaging 11.0 rebounds (88) over the last eight games.
Brandon Paul, who averages 3.0 rebounds on the year, has averaged 5.0 boards over the last six games (30).
Fighting Illini Team Trends
14-1 when getting to the line more than its opponent
17-2 when shooting better than its opponent
14-2 when shooting better than 45 percent from the field
13-3 when scoring 69+ points
These numbers are drastically different than the UI's last six regular season games when the team combined to shoot less than 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from behind the arc while scoring an average of 57.2 points and being outrebounded (-0.2 rpg margin). The following is a look at Illinois' statistics from the postseason compared to the end of the regular season:
UI Last Three Games (Record: 2-1) FG-FGA/Pct. 3FG-3FGA/Pct. Reb Margin PTS/Avg. 79-166/.476 26-62/.419 +8.0 avg. 215/71.7
Kent State Series Notes
Date Result Score Site Dec. 1, 1975 Win 73-54 Champaign, Ill. Dec. 16, 1978 Win 82-44 Kent, Ohio Dec. 6, 1979 Win 74-65 Champaign, Ill. Nov. 28, 2008 Win 69-63 (OT) South Padre Island, Texas
Looking Back at Last Year's Kent State Game
For complete set of Illinois Basketball Game Notes vs. Kent State, click on PDF link at top of this page.