Demetri McCamey and the Illini face Utah Friday at 9:30 pm CT in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Nov. 26, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational // Orleans Arena (7,500)
Game 5 // #20/21 Illinois (4-0) vs. Utah (2-2) // Nov. 27, 2009 // 9:30 p.m. CT
Game 6 // #20/21 Illinois vs. Oklahoma State or Bradley // Nov. 28, 2009 // 9:30 or 7 p.m. CT
Internet Video Stream: www.HoopTV.net
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Dave Loane (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. 11.8 3.3 7.3 2.5 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 12.3 2.0 3.8 9-12 3FG G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 14.0 2.8 2.3 44.4 3FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 13.0 11.8 1.3 57.1 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 8.8 4.8 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. 3.0 3.0 2.5 3-3 FG G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 1.3 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. 7.3 2.8 1.3 52.4 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 4.0 3.0 0.5 50 FG% G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 4.8 0.8 1.0 3 3FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 4.8 2.8 0.3 50 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 3.3 2.5 0.8 6-8 FG
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 259-111/.700 (12th year)
At Illinois: 156-57/.732 (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 Notes vs. Utah
Series Record: Tied 1-1
Record at Neutral Sites: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Illinois 99, Utah 65 (Nov. 25, 1983 at Rosemont, Ill.)
Series Streak: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Utah: First meeting
Series Notes vs. Oklahoma State
Series Record: Illinois leads 3-1
Record at Neutral Sites: Illinois leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Illinois 65, Oklahoma State 59 (Nov. 21, 2007 at Maui)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Weber vs. Oklahoma State: 1-0
Series Notes vs. Bradley
Series Record: Illinois leads 13-2
Record at Neutral Sites: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Illinois 75, Bradley 71 (Nov. 25, 2006 at Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
Series Streak: Illinois W-4
Weber vs. Bradley at Illinois: 1-0
Weber vs. Bradley All-Time: 6-7
HoopTV Las Vegas Invitational
First two rounds played at campus sites. Final two rounds played at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
First Round (Campus Sites)
Illinois def. Presbyterian, 94-48
Utah def. Southern, 88-48
Oklahoma State def. Seattle, 86-64
Bradley def. Wofford, 56-54
Second Round (Campus Sites)
Illinois def. Wofford, 78-64
Seattle def. Utah, 77-74
Bradley def. Presbyterian, 71-58
Oklahoma State def. Southern, 93-61
Third Round - Friday, Nov. 27 (Las Vegas)
G 1 2 pm CT Wofford vs. Southern
G 2 4:30 pm Presbyterian vs. Seattle
G 3 7 pm Oklahoma State vs. Bradley
G 4 9:30 pm Illinois vs. Utah
Championship Round - Saturday, Nov. 28 (Las Vegas)
G 5 2 pm CT/Noon PT Presbyterian vs. Southern
G 6 4:30 pm/2:30 pm Wofford vs. Seattle
G 7 7 pm/5 pm G 3 loser vs. G 4 loser
G 8 9:30 pm/7:30 pm G 3 winner vs. G 4 winner
Las Vegas Invitational Games Streamed Online at HoopTV.net
Illinois' games Friday and Saturday 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.
After opening the season with four straight home games, Illinois plays its next three games away from the Assembly Hall.
Illinois' current 4-game winning streak is its longest since winning seven straight last December.
During the Weber era, Illinois is 73-11 in regular season non-conference games.
Illinois ranks 15th in the nation in scoring, averaging 87.0 points.
Illinois has shot better than 50 percent in three of its first four games. The Illini are shooting 52.4 percent on the season, leading the Big Ten and ranking 11th in the nation in field goal percentage.
Illinois is currently shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range (.408, 29-71), ranking third in the Big Ten. Last year Illinois ranked seventh in the conference in 3-point shooting at 35 percent.
Illinois' defense has held each of its four opponents to less than 40 percent shooting.
Illinois has 10 players averaging at least nine minutes per game, while no player averages more than 28 minutes.
Mike Davis has recorded double-doubles in three of four games. He was just one rebound shy vs. Presbyterian of making it a perfect four-for-four to start the season.
D.J. Richardson is 9-of-12 (.750) from 3-point range over the last two games.
Illini Right at Home in Vegas
Illinois owns an all-time record of 5-0 in Las Vegas. The Illini won the 2001 Las Vegas Invitational with victories over Penn, Georgia Tech and a Bruce Weber-led Southern Illinois squad in the title game. Illinois also claimed the 2004 Las Vegas Holiday Classic with wins over Northwestern and Cincinnati in the championship.
Richardson Returns to the Desert
Although he's a Peoria, Ill. native, Illini freshman D.J. Richardson spent his senior year of high school in the Las Vegas area. Richardson attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., helping lead Findlay to a perfect 33-0 record and national championship at the 2009 ESPN Rise National High School Invitational.
A staple of Bruce Weber's Illinois teams has been team-first, unselfish play on offense. Last season the Illini led the nation in assist rate and had its four leading scorers average between 10.2 and 11.5 points. To borrow a phrase from Weber, the Illini are once again "sharing the juices" to start this season. Four starters are again averaging double figures, scoring between 11.8 and 14.0 points per game. Illinois is averaging 20.8 assists, ranking second in the Big Ten, and has recorded assists on 63.8 percent of its baskets on the year.
High Scoring Illini
Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks 15th in the nation in scoring, averaging 87.0 points through four 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.
Getting to the Line
One of Coach Weber's goals for this year's team is to increase scoring opportunities at the foul line. The Illini have already attempted 85 free throws this season, topping 20 attempts in three of four games.
The Illini attempted more than 20 free throws just five times in 34 games last season, including only one game with more than 25 attempts.
Illinois is currently averaging 21.3 free throw attempts per game, while last season the Illini averaged just 12.3 attempts.
Last Time Out: Illini Make it Four in a Row with Victory over Wofford
Illinois extended its winning streak to four with a 78-64 victory over Wofford on Tuesday night at the Assembly Hall. Illinois trailed for the majority of the first half but closed the half on a 17-7 run to take a three-point lead at intermission. With the game tied at 50 and 13 minutes left, the Illini then went on a decisive 14-3 run to move ahead 64-53 with less than seven minutes remaining.
The Illini shot a blistering 57.1 percent on the night and made 8-of-14 from 3-point range. Demetri McCamey scored a season-high 21 points while Mike Davis also recorded a season high with 16 points. Davis had his third double-double, adding 11 rebounds. D.J. Richardson netted 15 points behind 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point land, while Mike Tisdale added a season-high 12 points.
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 three of four games 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. He was one rebound shy vs. Presbyterian, finishing with 12 points and nine boards, but got back in the groove with a season-high 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Wofford.
Davis now has 12 career double-doubles, ranking second among active Big Ten players behind Ohio State's Evan Turner (16).
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 should be on the rise. That is exactly what's happened through the first four games. McCamey dished out a game-high seven assists vs. SIU Edwardsville followed by a game-high eight dimes vs. Northern Illinois. He then tallied a season-high 10 assists in just 15 minutes of play vs. Presbyterian and followed with four assists vs. Wofford.
McCamey leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation in assists, averaging 7.3 apg.
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