Illinois Game Notes vs. SIU Edwardsville
Nov. 11, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
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Probable Starters (averages listed are from 2008-09 season) Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 11.5 2.6 4.6 0.9 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr.
Illini in Season Openers
Last Time Out: Exhibition Play
Demetri McCamey led the Illini against Missouri Southern, scoring 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with a game-high seven assists. D.J. Richardson (14 pts) and Brandon Paul (13 pts) came off the bench to combine for 27 points, while Dominique Keller (12 pts) and Mike Davis (10 pts) also scored in double figures. Illinois shot nearly 53 percent on the night (33-63) and outrebounded Missouri Southern 47-to-35.
Richardson scored a game-high 23 points vs. Quincy on 9-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Alex Legion had 12 points off the bench, while Paul (11 pts) and Mike Tisdale (10 pts) also reached double figures. The Illini shot 42 percent from 3-point range against Quincy, making 13-of-31 from behind the arc.
Quick Look at the Exhibition Numbers
Freshman D.J. Richardson averaged a team-leading 18.5 points. He shot 66.7 percent from the field (14-21) and 50 percent from 3-point range, leading the team with five treys.
Demetri McCamey was second on the Illini in scoring (12.5 ppg) and led the team with 14 assists.
Mike Tisdale was the team's top rebounder, averaging 7.0 boards.
Freshman Brandon Paul averaged 12.0 points and made 14 trips to the free throw line, making 10.
Illinois averaged 89.5 points, shooting nearly 51 percent from the field (63-124).
Junior Demetri McCamey is the Illini's leading returning scorer. He averaged 11.5 points and led the Big Ten in assists in league play (4.9 apg) en route to earning third-team all-conference accolades. McCamey scored in double figures 22 times, with five 20-point performances.
Junior Mike Davis was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 11.3 points, and was the Big Ten's No. 2 rebounder with an average of 8.1 boards. The second-team All-Big Ten pick led the conference with nine double-doubles on the season, and also led the league with 11 double-digit rebounding performances on the year. Davis also ranked third in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 53.3 percent.
Like Davis, fellow junior Mike Tisdale also had a breakout year last season. Tisdale was third on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.2 points and 4.0 rebounds, earning NABC All-District honors. Tisdale was the Illini's leading scorer in a team-high 11 games, and shot 53 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
In addition to the three returning starters, Illinois returns six other letterwinners in seniors Dominique Keller and Bubba Chisholm and juniors Alex Legion, Jeff Jordan, Bill Cole and Richard Semrau. Stan Simpson, who redshirted last year, also returns.
Illinois also welcomes four freshmen from a Top 25 recruiting class: guards D.J. Richardson (Peoria, Ill.), Brandon Paul (Gurnee, Ill.) and Joseph Bertrand (Sterling, Ill.) and forward Tyler Griffey (Wildwood, Mo.).
Wayne McClain is in his ninth year on the Illini staff, and his first as Associate Head Coach after serving as assistant coach since the 2002 season. Coach Weber awarded McClain the new title in October.
Recapping Last Season
The 24 wins marked the 10th-winningest season in school history. Four of the winningest seasons on the UI's Top-10 list have been during Bruce Weber's tenure.
The Illini earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, it's fifth tournament appearance in Weber's six seasons, ninth in the last 10 seasons, and 28th all-time.
Illinois posted the third-biggest turnaround in the nation last year, posting 10 more regular season wins in 2009 as compared to 2008.
Illinois was recognized for its unselfish style of play, where four starters scored in double figures, all averaging between 10.2 and 11.5 points.
The Illini led the nation in assist rate, totaling assists on 70 percent of its baskets. The Illini also ranked seventh in the NCAA in assists (17.5 apg) and eighth in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
Illinois led the Big Ten and ranked third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 57.2 points per game. Illinois also ranked 21st in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (.395) and eighth in the NCAA in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.296).
In conference games only, Illinois led the Big Ten in the top three defensive categories: scoring defense (57.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.394) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
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