Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: 2K Sports Classic

Demetri McCamey and the Illini head to New York City for the final two rounds of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Demetri McCamey and the Illini head to New York City for the final two rounds of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

Nov. 16, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer // New York, N.Y. // Madison Square Garden
Game 4 // #13/16 Illinois (3-0) vs. #-/22 Texas (2-0) // Nov. 18, 2010 // approx. 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 5 // #13/16 Illinois vs. #5/4 Pittsburgh (3-0) or Maryland (3-0) // Nov. 19, 2010 // TBD

TV: ESPN2 (also streamed at - Dan Shulman (Play-By-Play), Dick Vitale and Bob Knight (Analysts)
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   Sr.    14.7   3.0   8.0   60.7%  FG
G     1    D.J. Richardson   6-3   195   So.    9.0    0.7   0.8   46.2%  3FG
F     30   Bill Cole         6-9   215   Sr.    3.7    3.3   1.3   1.0 bpg
F     24   Mike Davis        6-9   225   Sr.    12.3   7.0   1.3   61.5%  FG
C     54   Mike Tisdale      7-1   250   Sr.    9.3    7.7   1.7   2.3 bpg

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 2.3 1.0 0.3 1 block G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 11.7 3.0 3.0 2.7 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 3.0 0.0 0.5 1 steal C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 5.3 4.0 0.3 57.1 FG% G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 1.3 0.0 0.0 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 6.7 3.3 1.7 4-4 FT F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 4.3 2.7 0.3 1 steal

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 279-126/.689 (13th year)
At Illinois: 176-72/.710 (8th year)

Series Notes - Texas
Series Record: Tied, 2-2
Record at Neutral Sites: First meeting
Last Meeting:  Texas 72, Illinois 64 - Dec. 23, 2000, Austin, Texas
Series Streak: Texas W-1
Weber vs. Texas: First meeting

Series Notes - Pittsburgh
Series Record: Illinois leads 4-2
Record at Neutral Sites: Illinois leads 1-0
Last Meeting:  Pittsburgh 95, Illinois 79 - Feb. 13, 1993, Champaign, Ill.
Series Streak: Pittsburgh W-1
Weber vs. Pittsburgh: N/A

Series Notes - Maryland
Series Record: Maryland leads 5-2
Record at Neutral Sites: Tied, 2-2
Last Meeting:  Maryland 69, Illinois 61 - Nov. 28, 2007, College Park, Md.
Series Streak: Maryland W-3
Weber vs. Maryland: 0-2

2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer - Schedule/Results
First Round - Nov. 8 (Campus Sites)
Illinois 79, UC Irvine 65
Texas 83, Navy 52
Pittsburgh 83, Rhode Island 75
Maryland 105, Seattle, 76

Second Round - Nov. 10 (Campus Sites)
Illinois 84, Toledo 45
Texas 89, Louisiana Tech 58
Pittsburgh 95, North Florida 49
Maryland 75, College of Charleston 74

Semifinal Round - Thursday, Nov. 18 (New York)
G 1 Pittsburgh vs. Maryland 6 pm CT / 7 pm ET
G 2 Illinois vs. Texas 25 minutes after G 1

Championship Round - Friday, Nov. 19 (New York)
G 3 G 1 loser vs. G 2 loser 4 pm CT / 5 pm ET
G 4 G 1 winner vs. G 2 winner 25 minutes after G 3

2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer
The 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer is the nation's premier season-opening college basketball tournament. Twelve teams are competing in the 16th annual event with Illinois, Pittsburgh, Texas and Maryland having served as regional hosts. Regional Round action took place from Nov. 8-10 with the four hosts now advancing to the Championship Rounds, Nov. 18-19, at New York's Madison Square Garden. The remainder of the field will participate in Subregionals held in Toledo, Ohio, and Irvine, Calif., Nov. 19-21.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program unites the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1995, the Classic has raised over $4.5 million for the benefit of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Weber's Involvement in Coaches vs. Cancer
Illini coach Bruce Weber remains one of the NCAA's most active coaches in the fight against cancer and was honored in 2007 with the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award for his tireless efforts to the cause. Illinois ranks among the nation's top 10 schools each year in securing funds for Coaches vs. Cancer (CvC), raising approximately $200,000 last season and $750,000 over the last three years. Weber serves on the CvC Council, which brings together members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, American Cancer Society volunteers, and business leaders from across the country to explore new and innovative ways to fund the fight against cancer.

Weber traveled to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 28 to participate in a Capitol Hill rally encouraging Congress to increase federal funding for cancer research and prevention programs. Weber was one of four college head coaches involved in the rally along with BYU's Dave Rose, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and Boston College's Steve Donahue.

Illini Return to Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Illinois is making its second appearance in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Illini previously played in the 1998 event; the first year the CvC Classic was held at Madison Square Garden. In that tournament, the Illini fell to Wake Forest in the semifinals, 75-73, in overtime, and defeated Georgetown in the consolation, 65-50.

Illini at The Garden
Illinois has played seven games all-time at Madison Square Garden, compiling a 2-5 record:

Dec. 27, 1973 ^    St. John's 76, Illinois 60
Dec. 29, 1973 ^    Duquesne 85, Illinois 83
March 17, 1980 #   Minnesota 65, Illinois 63
March 19, 1980 #   Illinois 84, UNLV 77
Nov. 10, 1998 *    Wake Forest 75, Illinois 73 (OT)
Nov. 11, 1998 *    Illinois 65, Georgetown 50 #
Dec. 9, 2003 %     Providence 70, Illinois 51 %
^ = Holiday Festival
# = National Invitation Tournament
* = Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
% = Jimmy V Classic

Daunting Schedule
The Big Ten has been touted by many college basketball experts as the nation's best conference this season. The strength of the Big Ten, when coupled with a rigorous non-conference slate for Illinois, has the Fighting Illini facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country in 2010-11. Illinois will play at least 12 games during the regular season against teams ranked in the current ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, tops among the ranked teams. Here are the teams in the Coaches' Top 25 that will face the most ranked opponents this year:

1. No. 16  ILLINOIS        12
2. No. 2   Michigan State  10
3. No. 3   Kansas State    9
   No. 9   Purdue          9
5. No. 5   Ohio State      8
   No. 14  Missouri        8
   No. 22  Texas           8
   No. 25  Wisconsin       8

Illini Player Notes
Demetri McCamey leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.7 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in all three games, led by a season-high 18 points vs. Southern Illinois (Nov. 13).

• Over the last two games, McCamey is shooting 70.6 percent (12-of-17) and has totaled 16 assists compared to just one turnover.

• McCamey is averaging 8.0 assists through three games. McCamey ranked second in the NCAA in assists last year, setting a school-record with an average of 7.1 apg.

Mike Davis also has scored in double figures in all three games, and is the UI's second-leading scorer with an average of 12.3 points. Davis has made more than 50 percent of his shots in all three contests and is shooting 61.5 percent on the young season (16-of-26).

Mike Tisdale leads the Illini in rebounding, averaging 7.7 boards in just 20.7 minutes per game. Tisdale has been the team's top rebounder in all three games, and has grabbed a team-high nine offensive rebounds.

• Sixth-man Brandon Paul is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.7 points in 19.3 minutes per game.

• Paul has tallied a team-high eight steals in three games. He had a career-high five steals vs. Toledo (Nov. 10).

• After shooting just 2-of-8 from 3-point range over the first two games, D.J. Richardson heated up with 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc vs. Southern Illinois (Nov. 13).

• Guards McCamey, Paul and Richardson are shooting a combined 47.4 percent from 3-point range (18-38).

• The frontcourt duo of Davis and Tisdale and are averaging a combined 21.7 points (65) on 61.9 percent shooting (26-42) and 14.7 rebounds (44).

Illini Team Notes
• The Illini are shooting 54.4 percent from the field, shooting at least 50 percent in all three games. The Illini also are shooting 63.2 percent on 2-pointers (79-125).

• Six players are shooting at least 52 percent from the field, with three players shooting better than 60 percent.

• Nine players are playing at least 16 minutes per game.

• The Illini bench is averaging 33.7 points (101 total) and is outscoring the opponents' bench by an average of 17.7 points per game.

• Illinois' defense is holding teams to combined 34.5 percent shooting. All three opponents have shot less than 38 percent from the field.

• The Illini have outrebounded all three opponents and own a +6.3 rebound margin.

• The Illini are averaging 20 assists, 8.3 steals and seven blocks.

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