Illinois Game Notes: Western Michigan
Nov. 25, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
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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
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Illini vs. The MAC
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
Last Time Out
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
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
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).
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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