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Illinois-Dayton NIT Quarterfinal Preview


March 23, 2010

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2010 National Invitation Tournament // Quarterfinal
#1 Illinois (21-14, 10-8 Big Ten) vs. #3 Dayton (22-12, 8-8 Atlantic 10)
March 24 // 8 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: ESPN2 (also streamed online at - Brad Nessler (Play-By-Play), Jimmy Dykes (Analysis)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analysis), Loren Tate (Reports)

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

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. intends to redshirt G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 7.8 3.0 1.3 28 steals G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 1.4 1.3 1.8 2.2 A/TO G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 0.6 0.2 0.0 16 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.5 0.4 0.3 3 off. reb. F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 4.5 2.2 0.6 46.4 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.0 1.7 0.4 53.5 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 1.4 1.5 0.2 9-13 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 276-125/.688 (12th year)
At Illinois: 173-71/.709 (7th year)
Big Ten: 74-44/.627
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)
Video Coordinator: Matt Scaletta (1st year)
Athletic Trainer: Al Martindale (7th year)
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jimmy Price (7th year)

Ticket Information
Tickets are on sale now for the Illinois-Dayton game. Floor and A Section seats are sold out. General admission tickets in B and C Sections are $15 each and are available for purchase 24 hours a day online at Tickets also are available in person at the Athletics Box Office at Assembly Hall or by phone at 1-866-ILLINI-1. The Athletic Ticket Office will open Wednesday at 9 am and will remain open until tipoff.

Illinois NIT Notes
• Illinois is making its fourth all-time appearance in the NIT, and its 32nd all-time postseason appearance.

• 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
Points: 28, Perry Range vs. Long Island (1982)
Field Goals: 13, Perry Range vs. Long Island (1982)
3-Point Field Goals: 4, D.J. Richardson at Stony Brook (2010)
Free Throws: 11, Kiwane Garris vs. Alabama (1996)
Rebounds: 16, Mike Davis vs. Kent State (2010)
Assists: 11, Demetri McCamey at Stony Brook (2010)
Blocked Shots: 4, Mike Tisdale vs. Kent State (2010)
Steals: 5, Perry Range vs. Murray State (1980)

Illini in the 2010 NIT
• Illinois is shooting 50.4 percent from the field (59-117) and averaging 75.5 points.

• 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
With his eighth point early in the second half against Kent State on Monday, Demetri McCamey notched 1,200 points for his career. Last week against Stony Brook, he topped 500 career assists. McCamey is the first player in Illinois school history to score 1,200 career points and record 500 career assists in just three seasons. He is the fourth Illini player overall to reach both milestones. Here is a complete list of Illinois' all-time 1,200 point-500 assist club:

Bruce Douglas, 1983-86 1,261 pts - 765 ast
Dee Brown, 2003-06 1,812 pts - 674 ast
Demetri McCamey, 2008-10 1,207 pts - 515 ast
Kiwane Garris, 1994-97 1,948 pts - 502 ast

Fighting Illini Player Trends
Demetri McCamey has scored in double figures in each of the last six games, averaging 15.8 points (95).

• 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
This season, Illinois is ...

• 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

• 10-2 when D.J. Richardson and Demetri McCamey shoot better than 50 percent

• 14-3 when scoring 69+ points

Postseason Improvement
The Illini have played better in the postseason, and it's easy to see why. When combining the Big Ten Tournament games vs. Wisconsin and Ohio State and the NIT games vs. Stony Brook and Kent State, Illinois is shooting nearly 48 percent from the field and better than 37 percent from 3-point range while averaging 72.5 points over that four-game stretch. The Illini have also outrebounded all four opponents and own a margin of +7.8 rpg.

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

UI Previous Six Games (Record: 1-5) FG-FGA/Pct. 3FG-3FGA/Pct. Reb. Margin PTS/Avg. 131-350/.374 37-132/.280 -0.2 avg. 343/57.2

Illini Single-Season Records to Watch
Demetri McCamey is on pace to break the Illini single-season assists average record with his current mark of 7.0 apg. In terms of total assists, he has racked up 244 this season, which ranks second on the UI single-season list, 20 behind the record of 264 assists set by Deron Williams in 2005.

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
Illinois and Dayton are meeting for the seventh time, and the first in 18 years. Illinois leads the series 4-2. Wednesday marks just the Flyers' second visit to Champaign and the first in 28 years, which also was for an NIT game. Here are Illinois' all-time results with the Flyers:

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 ended its three-game skid at the Assembly Hall with a 75-58 victory over Kent State on Monday night in the second round of the NIT. Illinois trailed 31-28 with a minute to go before halftime, but then outscored the Golden Flashes 21-7 over the next 13 minutes to open up a 49-38 with 12 minutes remaining. Kent State cut the lead to six, but the Illini rattled off five straight points to push the advantage back to 11 with 10 minutes left, and the lead stayed at double figures the rest of the way.

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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