Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Northern Illinois

Brandon Paul and the Illini take on Northern Illinois Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall.
Brandon Paul and the Illini take on Northern Illinois Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall.

Nov. 16, 2009

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 2 // #23/25 Illinois (1-0) vs. Northern Illinois (0-1)
Nov. 17, 2009 // 7 p.m. CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

Internet Stream: - Lou Canellis (Play-By-Play), Dickey Simpkins (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.   Name              Ht.    Wt.    Yr.   PPG    RPG	APG	Other
G     32    Demetri McCamey   6-3    200    Jr.   11.0   4.0	7.0	2 steals
G     1     D.J. Richardson   6-3    185    Fr.   14.0   1.0	4.0	8-10 FT
G     3     Brandon Paul      6-4    195    Fr.   22.0   4.0	4.0	4-6 3FG
F     24    Mike Davis        6-9    220    Jr.   10.0   10.0	1.0	4-5 FG
C     54    Mike Tisdale      7-1    235    Jr.   8.0    6.0	1.0	3 blocks

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 2.0 0.0 0.0 2 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.0 1.0 1.0 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 9.0 3.0 1.0 1 block F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 7.0 3.0 1.0 1 block G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 5.0 2.0 0.0 2 FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 2.0 1.0 0.0 1 steal C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 6.0 6.0 2.0 3 FG

Coaching Staff
Coaching Staff Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 256-111/.698 (12th year)
At Illinois: 153-57/.729 (7th year)
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)

Series Notes
Series Record: First meeting
Record in Champaign: N/A
Last Meeting:  N/A
Series Streak: N/A
Weber vs. Northern Illinois: First meeting

Opening Tip
• Illinois (1-0) plays its second of four straight home games in a span of 12 days, facing Northern Illinois (0-1) Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

• While the Illinois vs. Northern Illinois game is available online only at, it is part of ESPN's second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon that features 24 consecutive hours of coverage with 19 games (17 men's and two women's) across the platforms of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and

Last Time Out: Illini Roll Past SIU Edwardsville
The Illini opened the 2009-10 season with a convincing 96-69 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Friday night in Champaign. Freshman Brandon Paul led all scorers with 22 points, while fellow freshman D.J. Richardson scored 14. Demetri McCamey had 11 points and a game-high seven assists, while Mike Davis had 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Illini led from start to finish, building the margin to 37 points midway through the second half before settling for the 27-point victory. Illinois shot 55.4 percent, tallied 22 assists, and outrebounded SIUE 41-30.

Paul Sets Record
The first collegiate game of Brandon Paul's career turned out to be a record-setting performance. Paul scored 22 points vs. SIU Edwardsville, breaking the Illinois freshman scoring record in a debut. The previous record was 21 points by Deon Thomas, set vs. American-Puerto Rico on Nov. 23, 1990. Paul was 8-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point land, and added 2-of-3 from the free throw line to account for his 22 points.

More Highlights from SIUE
• Illinois' 96 points marked its highest point total since scoring 105 vs. Longwood on Dec. 27, 2004. It also is Illinois' second-highest point total under Bruce Weber.

Mike Davis recorded the 10th double-double of his career, with a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.

• Illinois won its 11th straight season opener and improved to 90-15 (.857) all-time in home openers and 40-7 (.851) all-time in home openers at Assembly Hall.

• The Illini had 11 players enter the scoring column, while 10 players registered double figures in minutes.

Starting Spots Significant for Richardson and Paul
D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul started their first career games vs. SIU Edwardsville, becoming just the second and third Illini true freshmen to start a season opener under coach Bruce Weber. The only other freshman to start an opener under Weber was Brian Randle on Nov. 22, 2003 vs. Western Illinois.

With Richardson and Paul both in the starting lineup, it marked the first time Illinois had more than one true freshman start a season opener since Dee Brown, Deron Williams and James Augustine started in their collegiate debuts on Nov. 24, 2002 vs. Lehigh.

Double-Double Davis
Mike Davis led the Big Ten with nine double-doubles last season. He picked up where he left off in Friday's season-opening victory over SIU Edwardsville, recording his 10th career double-double, registering 10 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Below is a list of Davis' career double-doubles:

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