Mike Davis and the Illini host Presbyterian Saturday at 7 p.m.. The game will be televised on BTN.
Nov. 20, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game 3 // #23/25 Illinois (2-0) vs. Presbyterian (0-2)
Nov. 21, 2009 // 7 p.m. CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
TV: Big Ten Network - Brent Stover (Play-By-Play), Kendall Gill (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: XM, Channel 196
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 10.5 4.5 7.5 2.5 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 9.5 0.5 3.5 9-12 FT G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 21.0 3.5 2.5 8-14 3FG F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 12.0 13.5 1.0 57.1 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 9.0 5.0 0.5 2.5 bpg
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. 1.0 0.0 0.0 3 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.0 0.5 0.5 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 9.5 3.0 0.5 61.5 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.5 2.5 1.0 50 FG% G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 4.0 1.0 0.5 3 FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 5.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 spg C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 3.0 3.5 1.0 60 FG%
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 257-111/.698 (12th year)
At Illinois: 154-57/.730 (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 Record: First meeting
Weber vs. Presbyterian: First meeting
Illinois (2-0) plays its third of four straight home games in a span of 12 days to start the season, facing Presbyterian (0-2) Saturday night at Assembly Hall.
Saturday's game vs. Presbyterian is the first of four games Illinois will play as part of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational. In addition to the Blue Hose, the Illini host Wofford on Tuesday night in Champaign as part of the tournament before heading to Las Vegas for the final two games over Thanksgiving weekend (vs. Utah, Nov. 27 and vs. Oklahoma State or Bradley, Nov. 28).
Brandon Paul has had consecutive 20-point outings (22 vs. SIU Edwardsville and 20 vs. Northern Illinois), the first Illini with back-to-back 20-point performances since Shaun Pruitt in 2007 (20 vs. Penn State, Feb. 24 and 20 vs. Iowa, March 3). Paul is currently the Big Ten's No. 3 scorer, averaging 21.0 ppg.
Last Time Out: Illini Defeat Northern Illinois
The Illini improved to 2-0 on the young season with an 80-61 victory over Northern Illinois in the first-ever meeting between the in-state programs. Brandon Paul scored 20 points - all in the first half - while Mike Davis had 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead the Illini. The UI frontcourt combined for 42 points on the night, with Mike Tisdale and Dominique Keller each scoring 10 and Tyler Griffey adding eight in addition to Davis' 14.
For the second straight game Illinois never trailed, though after building its first-half lead to as many as 19 points, the Huskies closed to within eight at the break after finishing the half on a 14-3 run. NIU then scored the first five points after intermission to get within three, but the Illini answered with a dominating 18-4 run over the next nine minutes to swell the lead to 17 and held a double-figure margin the rest of the way.
Another 20-Point Night For Paul
Paul made history vs. SIU Edwardsville, scoring 22 points to set the Illini freshman scoring record in a debut. He continued his scoring spree vs. Northern Illinois on Tuesday, registering 20 points. With those performances, Paul is the first Illini freshman to have back-to-back 20-point outings in his first two career games. He also has the most combined points of any Illini freshman after his first two games:
UI Freshman Season Debut Pts Game 2 Pts Combined Pts 1. Brandon Paul 2009-10 22 20 42 2. Deon Thomas 1990-91 21 19 40 3. Cory Bradford 1998-99 20 19 39 4. Efrem Winters 1982-83 17 14 31
Mike Davis led the Big Ten with nine double-doubles last season. He has picked up right where he left off, recording two straight double-doubles to open the 2009-10 campaign. Davis recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the opener vs. SIU Edwardsville and followed that with a 14-point, 17-rebound effort vs. Northern Illinois. Davis now has 11 career double-doubles, ranking second among active Big Ten players behind Ohio State's Evan Turner (13).
Career Night on the Glass for Davis
Mike Davis was the Big Ten's No. 2 rebounder last season and hopes to lead the conference on the boards this year. He is off to a great start, racking up 27 rebounds over two games for a whopping 13.5 average. Davis pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Northern Illinois on Tuesday, the highest rebounding total by an Illini since Shaun Pruitt also had 17 boards vs. Northeastern on Nov. 11, 2007. Davis' previous career best was 16 rebounds, set last season vs. Purdue (Feb. 8).
McCamey's Assists on the Rise
The Illini had two point guards on the floor last season in Chester Frazier and Demetri McCamey, so assists were spread amongst the two, as Frazier averaged 5.3 assists while McCamey tallied 4.6 apg. With the ball in his hands more this season, McCamey's assist totals could be on the rise. That is exactly what's happened through the first two games. McCamey dished out a game-high seven assists vs. SIU Edwardsville followed by a game-high eight dimes vs. Northern Illinois, good for an average of 7.5 apg.
For complete set of Illinois basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.