Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Western Michigan


Nov. 25, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 7 // #19ap/19 Illinois (5-1) at Western Michigan (1-2)
Nov. 27, 2010 // Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET // Kalamazoo, Mich. // University Arena (5,421)

Internet Stream: - Dave Kaplan (Play-By-Play), Tim McCormick (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 121, XM - 141

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Wt.   Yr.    PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     32   Demetri McCamey    6-3   200   Sr.    16.2   3.7   7.3   56.1%  FG
G     1    D.J. Richardson    6-3   195   So.    11.2   1.2   1.7   46.9%  3FG
F     30   Bill Cole          6-9   215   Sr.    3.8    2.0   1.2   5 blocks
F     24   Mike Davis         6-9   225   Sr.    10.2   7.0   1.3   55.6%  FG
C     54   Mike Tisdale       7-1   250   Sr.    8.8    7.7   1.3   2.0 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 50 FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 11.0 3.4 2.5 2.5 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.5 0.3 1.3 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 4.7 2.7 0.2 61.9 FG% G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 1.0 0.0 0.0 1 min G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 1.0 0.0 0.3 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 8.0 4.2 1.3 11 off. reb. F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 3.7 1.8 0.2 2 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 281-127/.689 (13th year)
At Illinois: 178-73/.709 (8th year)

Series Notes
Series Record: Illinois leads 3-0
Record at Kalamazoo: First meeting
Last Meeting:  Illinois 88, Western Michigan 53 - Dec. 13, 2009 (Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-3
Weber vs. Western Michigan: 1-0

Opening Tip
Demetri McCamey leads the nation in assists with 44.

Illini vs. The MAC
Illinois owns an all-time record of 25-3 against current members of the Mid-American Conference, which includes an active six-game winning streak. Miami was the last MAC team to defeat the Illini, 61-58, in overtime at the Assembly Hall on Dec. 20, 2007.

Saturday marks Illinois' first road game against a Mid-American Conference opponent in 29 years, and just its fourth road contest against a current MAC school. The Illini previously played a pair of games at Toledo in 1950 and 1981 and traveled to Kent State in 1978.

Illinois Looks to Extend Non-Conference Road Success
Illinois has won its last three non-conference road games spanning the last two years. The streak began with a 69-63 victory at Vanderbilt on Nov. 20, 2008 and continued last season with road wins against Clemson, 76-74, on Dec. 2 and Stony Brook, 76-66, on March 17.

Last Time Out
Illinois led from start to finish once again on its homecourt, defeating Yale 73-47 Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall. Despite a slow start offensively, Illinois controlled the game with solid team defense. The Illini finished the first half on a 10-2 run to open up a 30-17 lead at intermission. Illinois then made nine of its first 12 shots to start the second half and break the game open.

Yale made just 14 baskets on 28.6 percent shooting and 20 percent from 3-point range, all season-lows permitted by the Illini defense. The Illini, meanwhile, shot 61.3 percent in the second half to improve to 49.2 percent for the game. Illinois enjoyed a 40-to-30 advantage on the glass and capitalized, outscoring Yale 16-to-2 on second-chance points.

D.J. Richardson led the Illini with a season-high tying 16 points. Richardson made 6-of-8 shots, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Demetri McCamey added 11 points while Mike Tisdale tallied his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds.

Illini Player Notes
Demetri McCamey leads the team in scoring on the season, averaging 16.2 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in all six games, a streak that extends to 13 consecutive games when including the final seven games of last season.

• McCamey owns the highest scoring average by an Illini player during Weber's tenure, and the highest since Brian Cook averaged 20.0 points in 2003.

• McCamey is shooting 56.1 percent from the field (37-66) and 47.8 percent from 3-point range (11-23) on the season.

• McCamey is averaging 7.3 assists through six games and owns a 3.14 assist-to-turnover ratio. McCamey ranked second in the NCAA in assists last year, setting a school-record with an average of 7.1 apg.

Mike Davis is 14 rebounds away from entering the Illinois career top 10 list. He currently has 708 rebounds. Mark Smith (1978-81) ranks 10th on the UI all-time rebounding list with 722 boards.

• Sixth-man Brandon Paul is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.0 points in 21.2 minutes per game. Paul also has tallied a team-high 15 steals in six games, ranking third in the Big Ten with 2.5 spg. He had a career-high five steals vs. Toledo (Nov. 10).

D.J. Richardson leads the Illini with 15 three-pointers, 13 of them coming over the last four games.

• Guards McCamey, Paul and Richardson are shooting a combined 44.9 percent from 3-point range (35-78).

• The frontcourt duo of Davis and Tisdale are shooting a combined 56.6 percent from the field (47-83).

• Freshman Jereme Richmond averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last week in New York. He scored a career-high 11 points vs. Texas, scoring on a drive with 11 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. He was the team's leading rebounder the following night vs. Maryland, grabbing a career-high six boards.

Illini Team Notes
• The Illini are shooting 49.2 percent from the field, shooting better than 45 percent in five of six games and at least 49 percent in all four home games.

• Four players are scoring in double figures on the year, with six players averaging at least eight points.

• Five players are shooting at least 52 percent from the field.

• Nine players are averaging at least 12 minutes per game.

• Illinois' defense is holding teams to combined 38.1 percent shooting and 26.2 percent 3-point shooting. All six opponents have shot less than 45 percent from the field, with four teams held to less than 38 percent.

• The Illini rank second in the Big Ten in blocked shots (5.8 bpg) and third in the league in assists (18.2 apg).

Quality Depth
The Illini bench has outscored the opposing bench in every game this season. The Illini reserves are averaging 30.7 points per game, outscoring the opponents' reserves by an average of 14.4 points per contest. Here is a look at the UI's bench production this season:

Game       Illini Bench   Opposing Bench
UC Irvine       31              10
Toledo          41              11
SIU             29              27
vs. Texas       23              14
vs. Maryland    33              23
Yale            27              13
Total           184             98
Avg.            30.7            16.3

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