Illinois-Dayton NIT Quarterfinal Preview
March 23, 2010
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPN2 (also streamed online at ESPN360.com) - Brad Nessler (Play-By-Play), Jimmy Dykes (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 7.0 46 FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.5 2.7 2.1 39.2 3FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.3 3.2 1.0 46.2 FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 10.7 9.2 1.0 78 off. reb. C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 12.1 6.1 0.8 59 blocks
Illinois NIT Notes
The Illini own a record of 7-3 all-time in the NIT.
Illinois owns all-time NIT records of 5-2 at home, 1-0 on the road, and 1-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Illinois and Dayton are meeting for the second time in the NIT. In Dayton's only previous trip to Champaign, the Flyers defeated the Illini in the second round of the 1982 NIT by the score of 61-58.
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-Dayton game moves on to New York City for the NIT Semifinals next Tuesday, facing Mississippi.
All-Time Illini Individual Single-Game Highs in the NIT
Illini in the 2010 NIT
The Illini own a +10.0 rebound margin.
Mike Davis is averaging a double-double with 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. He is shooting 65 percent (16-25).
Demetri McCamey also is averaging a double-double with 15.5 points and 10.5 assists.
Mike Tisdale is averaging 16.0 points and is shooting 73.3 percent from the field (11-15) and 88.9 percent from the line (8-9). He also is averaging 3.0 blocks.
McCamey Makes History
Fighting Illini Player Trends
McCamey has made 19-of-23 free throws (82.6 percent) over the last eight games.
McCamey has averaged 3.7 steals over the last three games (11).
Mike Tisdale has scored in double figures in each of the last six games, averaging 14.8 points (89) and shooting 71.1 percent (32-45).
D.J. Richardson has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, averaging 12.8 points (51).
Richardson is shooting 40 percent (12-30) from 3-point range over the last four 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 four games, averaging 14.0 points (56) and shooting 56.5 percent (26-46).
Davis is averaging 11.6 rebounds (104) over the last nine games.
Brandon Paul, who averages 3.0 rebounds on the year, has averaged 4.7 boards over the last seven games (33).
Fighting Illini Team Trends
14-1 when getting to the line more than its opponent
18-2 when shooting better than its opponent
15-2 when shooting better than 45 percent from the field
14-3 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 Four Games (Record: 3-1) FG-FGA/Pct. 3FG-3FGA/Pct. Reb. Margin PTS/Avg. 111-232/.478 29-78/.372 +7.8 avg. 290/72.5
Illini Single-Season Records to Watch
Mike Davis has grabbed 322 rebounds this year, currently ranking third on the Illinois single-season list. Davis trails Skip Thoren for the top two spots. Thoren collected a school-record 349 rebounds in 1965 and had 331 boards in 1964.
Mike Tisdale, meanwhile, ranks second on the Illinois single-season blocked shots list. Tisdale has 59 blocks this season. The UI record is 86 set by Derek Holcomb in 1979.
Dayton Series Notes
Date Result Score Site March 21, 1952 Win 80-61 Chicago, Ill. (NCAA Tournament) Dec. 21, 1956 Win 82-65 Dayton, Ohio Dec. 18, 1964 Win 104-86 Dayton, Ohio March 15, 1982 Loss 58-61 Champaign, Ill. (NIT) March 15, 1990 Loss 86-88 Austin, Texas (NCAA Tournament) Nov. 25, 1992 Win 86-78 (OT) Anchorage, Alaska (Great Alaska Shootout)
Last Time Out
Illinois shot 58 percent in the second half to outscore Kent State 44-to-27 after intermission. The Illini scored a season-high 40 points in the paint on the night and tied a season low with just seven turnovers. Illinois outrebounded its opponent for the fourth consecutive game and held a 13-to-3 advantage in second chance points over the Golden Flashes.
The Illini juniors led the way as Mike Tisdale scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Mike Davis recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, and Demetri McCamey tallied his second straight double-double with 15 points and game-high 10 assists.
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