D.J. Richardson and the Illini host Wofford Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Nov. 23, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game 4 // #20/21 Illinois (3-0) vs. Wofford (2-2)
Nov. 24, 2009 // 8:30 p.m. CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
TV: ESPNU - Jim Barbar (Play-By-Play), Mark Adams (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. 8.7 3.0 8.3 2.7 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 11.3 1.3 4.0 10-13 FT G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 16.7 3.3 2.3 44.4 3FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 12.0 12.0 1.3 63.6 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 7.7 4.7 0.3 2.0 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. 4.0 5.0 2.0 1 block G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 1.7 0.0 0.0 6 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 0.7 0.3 0.7 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 9.0 3.3 1.0 57.9 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.0 3.7 0.7 3 blocks G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 6.3 1.0 0.7 3 3FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 6.3 3.7 0.3 50 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 4.3 3.3 1.0 75 FG%
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 258-111/.699 (12th year)
At Illinois: 155-57/.731 (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. Wofford: First meeting
Illinois (3-0) wraps up its season-opening stretch of four straight home games in a span of 12 days, facing Wofford (2-2) Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
Tuesday's game vs. Wofford is the second of four games Illinois is playing as part of the HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational. Prior to Wofford, the Illini defeated Presbyterian Saturday night in Champaign as part of the tournament. Illinois travels to Las Vegas on Wednesday before playing the final two games over Thanksgiving weekend at the Orleans Arena, vs. Utah on Friday and either Oklahoma State or Bradley on Saturday.
Illinois ranks ninth in the nation in scoring, averaging 90.0 points.
Illinois has 11 players averaging at least nine minutes per game.
During the Weber era, Illinois is 72-11 in regular season non-conference games, including 42-4 in regular season non-conference matchups at the Assembly Hall.
Las Vegas Invitational Games Streamed Online at HoopTV.net
Illinois' games this weekend in Las Vegas will be available online through a live video stream at www.HoopTV.net. The cost is $7 per day or $10 for both days. Fans can purchase the stream beginning Friday by visiting www.HoopTV.net.
High Scoring Illini
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth in the nation in scoring, averaging 90.0 points through three games. The Illini have twice topped the 90-point plateau, marking the first time Illinois has had multiple games scoring 90-plus points since the 2005-06 season.
Last Time Out: Illini Rout Presbyterian
Illinois defeated Presbyterian Saturday night at the Assembly Hall by the score of 94-48. Illinois broke the game open with a dominating 47-9 run from the 8:15 mark of the first half to the 12:05 point of the second half, turning a 21-all tie into a 68-30 advantage.
The Illini shot 54 percent, recorded 27 assists, and outrebounded the Blue Hose 48-to-19. All 13 Illini players entered the scoring column, led by D.J. Richardson's 15 points. Mike Davis had 12 points and nine rebounds, Alex Legion scored 11, and Demetri McCamey had a season-high 10 assists.
The 46-point win marked Illinois' largest margin of victory since a 47-point victory over Savannah State in 2006.
Mike Davis led the Big Ten with nine double-doubles last season. He has picked up right where he left off, recording double-doubles in the first two games of 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. He was one rebound shy of a third straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine boards vs. Presbyterian. Davis now has 11 career double-doubles, ranking second among active Big Ten players behind Ohio State's Evan Turner (15).
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 three games. McCamey dished out a game-high seven assists vs. SIU Edwardsville followed by a game-high eight dimes vs. Northern Illinois, and most recently tallied a season-high 10 assists in just 15 minutes of play vs. Presbyterian.
McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the nation in assists, averaging 8.3 apg.
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 36 rebounds over three games for a whopping 12.0 average that ranks second in the Big Ten and 10th nationally.
Davis pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Northern Illinois last 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).
For complete set of Illinois basketball game notes, click on .pdf link at top of this page.