Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Clemson

Mike Tisdale and the Fighting Illini face Clemson on Wednesday at 6:15 pm in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Mike Tisdale and the Fighting Illini face Clemson on Wednesday at 6:15 pm in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Dec. 1, 2009

Champaign, Ill. -

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11th Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Game 7 // Illinois (4-2) at #18/19 Clemson (6-1)
Dec. 2, 2009 // 6:15 pm CT/7:15 pm ET // Clemson, S.C. // Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)

TV: ESPN (also streamed via - Brad Nessler (Play-By-Play), Jimmy Dykes (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.    12.7   4.2    6.0   2.2  spg
G      1     D.J. Richardson    6-3   185   Fr.    9.5    1.8    3.0   52.6  3FG%
G      33    Alex Legion        6-5   205   Jr.    4.0    0.8    0.7   4  3FG
F      24    Mike Davis         6-9   220   Jr.    11.8   10.0   1.0   51.9  FG%
C      54    Mike Tisdale       7-1   235   Jr.    10.8   5.3    1.0   1.5  bpg

Off the Bench
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 185 Fr. G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 11.3 2.7 1.7 37.5 3FG% G 13 Jeff Jordan 6-1 185 Jr. 2.5 2.8 2.5 5-8 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. 6.8 2.5 1.0 54.8 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.2 3.5 0.3 42.1 FG% F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.8 2.2 0.2 47.1 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 2.8 2.7 0.5 8-10 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 259-113/.696 (12th year)
At Illinois: 156-59/.726 (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. Clemson
Series Record: Illinois leads 2-1
Record at Clemson: First meeting
Last Meeting:  Clemson 76, Illinois 74 (Dec. 2, 2008 at Champaign, Ill.)
Series Streak: Clemson W-1
Weber vs. Clemson: 0-1

Opening Tips
• Illinois concludes a stretch of three straight games away from the Assembly Hall Wednesday at Clemson. The Illini then return home for three consecutive games at The Hall.

• Illinois' defense has held each of its six opponents to less than 45 percent shooting.

• Illinois has nine players averaging at least 13 minutes per game, while no player averages more than 29 minutes. Illinois' top five scorers, meanwhile, average between 9.5 and 12.7 points.

Demetri McCamey ranks second in the Big Ten in assists (6.0 apg), Mike Davis is second in the conference in rebounding, (10.0 rpg) and D.J. Richardson is second in the league in 3-point shooting (.526).

Mike Tisdale is fifth in the Big Ten in field goal shooting (.634) and fourth in the league in free throw shooting (.929).

Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
The Big Ten/ACC Challenge is now in its 11th year of existence ... Illinois is 3-7 all-time in the Challenge ... This is the fourth time the Illini play a Challenge game on its opponent's home floor. Illinois is 1-2 in Challenge road games, falling to Maryland in 2001 and 2007 and defeating North Carolina in 2005 ... This is the fourth time that Illinois is playing the same opponent in the Challenge as the prior year, joining Duke in 1999 and 2000, North Carolina in 2002 and 2003 and Maryland in 2006 and 2007 ... This year marks the fourth time in the Challenge that Illinois has not been ranked in the Top 25 (the Illini are receiving votes in the current polls) ... Illinois' opponent has been ranked eight of 11 times, with the only unranked opponents North Carolina in 2005 (although UNC moved into the polls the week after Illinois' victory over the Tar Heels), Maryland in 2007, and Clemson last season (although the Tigers moved into the polls the week after defeating the Illini) ... Illinois has twice played a No. 1-ranked team in the Challenge. Illinois fell to No. 1 Duke in 2000 and defeated No. 1 Wake Forest in 2004 ... Illinois' opponent in the Challenge has twice gone on to win the NCAA Championship (Duke in 2000-01 and Maryland in 2001-02).

Here is a look at Illinois' previous games in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge:

Nov. 30, 1999 // #17 Duke 72, #16 Illinois 69 // United Center, Chicago
No. 16 Illinois shot just 34 percent from the field in dropping a three-point decision to No. 17 Duke at the United Center. Duke's Chris Carrawell led all scorers with 21 points while Frank Williams and Cory Bradford led the Illini with 14 each.

Nov. 28, 2000 // #1 Duke 78, #9 Illinois 77 // Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum
Turnovers cost the No. 9 Fighting Illini a chance at knocking off No. 1 Duke as Illinois committed 26 turnovers in a one-point loss to the Blue Devils at Greensboro, N.C. Illinois controlled the glass, outrebounding Duke 42-27. Frank Williams led the Illini with 19 points while Jason Williams led Duke with a game-high 23 points and Mike Dunleavy scored 21.

Nov. 27, 2001 // #5 Maryland 76, #2 Illinois 63 // Cole Fieldhouse; College Park, Md.
No. 5 Maryland won its 80th consecutive home game against non-conference opponents in the final season at Cole Field House, handing No. 2 Illinois its first loss of the season. Juan Dixon led all scorers with 25 points while Chris Wilcox scored 19. Blandon Ferguson scored 11 points off the bench to lead the Illini.

Dec. 3, 2002 // #25 Illinois 92, #12 North Carolina 65 // Assembly Hall; Champaign, Ill.
No. 25 Illinois won its first Big Ten/ACC Challenge game with a 27-point rout of No. 12 North Carolina at the Assembly Hall. Brian Cook and Sean Harrington dominated the game for the Illini. Cook scored a game-high 22 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Harrington came off the bench to nail six 3-pointers and finish with 20 points and five steals. Sean May led UNC with 21 points.

Dec. 2, 2003 // #10 North Carolina 88, #11 Illinois 81 // Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum
No. 10 North Carolina outlasted No. 11 Illinois to claim a seven-point victory at the Greensboro Coliseum. Illinois trailed by just one point late, 79-78, but could not stop Carolina down the stretch. Sean May scored a game-high 23 points while Rashad McCants added 20 for the Tar Heels. Deron Williams led the Illini with 22 points and Roger Powell added 20.

Dec. 1, 2004 // #5 Illinois 91, #1 Wake Forest 73 // Assembly Hall; Champaign, Ill.
No. 5 Illinois recorded its second win in school history over a top-ranked opponent, blowing past No. 1 Wake Forest at the Assembly Hall. Roger Powell was one of four Illini in double figures, scoring a game-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting. Dee Brown and Luther Head each scored 16 and Deron Williams dished out 11 assists to go along with eight points. Illinois came out of the game strong and was ahead 54-33 at halftime and led by as many as 32 points in the second half. Eric Williams led Wake Forest with 18 points. Following its victory, Illinois took over the No. 1 ranking in the polls and held that spot for the remainder of the regular season.

Nov. 29, 2005 // #12 Illinois 68, North Carolina 64 // Smith Center; Chapel Hill, N.C.
In the rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship game, Illinois topped North Carolina to end the Tar Heels' 21-game winning streak at the Dean Smith Center. Dee Brown led the Illini with 14 points while James Augustine recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, which included six offensive boards. Brian Randle and Rich McBride added 12 points apiece and Jamar Smith came off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers en route to nine points.

Nov. 28, 2006 // #23 Maryland 72, Illinois 66 // Assembly Hall; Champaign, Ill.
No. 23 Maryland defeated Illinois by six points, breaking the Illini's 51-game winning streak over non-conference opponents at the Assembly Hall. Mike Jones had a game-high 19 points while Greivis Vasques added 17 points off the bench. Shaun Pruitt led the Illini with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Warren Carter also had a double-double, tallying 13 points and 11 boards.

Nov. 28, 2007 // Maryland 69, Illinois 61 // Comcast Center; College Park, Md.
In a back-and-forth game that featured nine ties and 15 lead changes, Maryland went on a key 10-2 run midway through the second half to open up a 49-44 advantage. Illinois cut it to two late, but the Terrapins made 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win. Eric Hayes scored a game-high 18 points while James Gist added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Terps. Calvin Brock led the Illini with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Shaun Pruitt finished with 10 points and eight boards.

Dec. 2, 2008 // Clemson 76, Illinois 74 // Assembly Hall; Champaign, Ill.
The Illini dropped a two-point heartbreaker at home to Clemson. After the Illini led at halftime and for much of the second half, Clemson went on a 9-1 run to go up by five with two minutes remaining. Illinois made it a one-possession game and had the ball with a chance to win or force overtime, but the Illini could not get a shot off before the buzzer.

Both teams shot well from the field, Clemson hitting 58 percent and Illinois 52 percent. The Illini outrebounded the Tigers 35-23 but Clemson held a 26-to-12 advantage in points off turnovers, as the Illini had 19 miscues.

Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey led the Illini. Davis erupted for a career-high 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. McCamey, meanwhile scored 20 points. Many of the baskets came courtesy of Chester Frazier, who dished out a career-high 12 assists.

Demontez Stitt was one of four Clemson players to score in double figures, leading the Tigers with 18 points. Trevor Booker added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Last Time Out: Illini Drop Two Close Games in Las Vegas Invitational
The Illini are hoping what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas after dropping back-to-back heartbreakers vs. Utah and Bradley over Thanksgiving weekend.

Illinois jumped all over Utah in Friday's game, leading 32-16 at the half. The Utes, however, roared back in the second half to tie it and eventually take the lead. Illinois then regained the lead three times in the final four minutes. But with the game tied and the Illini with a chance to win it, Demetri McCamey's runner missed and Utah's Jay Watkins grabbed the rebound and threw an length of the court pass to a Shawn Glover, who took one dribble and threw in a running bank shot at the buzzer to give the Utes a 60-58 win.

Demetri McCamey scored 19 points and had a season-high seven rebounds against Utah while Mike Tisdale added a season-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

The Illini ran into a motivated in-state foe in Bradley on Saturday in the third-place game. The Braves had two critical runs at the start of each half, 11-4 to open the game and 14-5 to start the second half. The Illini rallied each time to regain the lead and looked to be in control, ahead 66-61 lead with less than three minutes remaining. But the Braves outscored the Illini 11-2 at the end to take a 72-68 victory.

Mike Davis led the Illini against Bradley with a season-high 17 points and eight rebounds.

Tisdale Garners All-Tournament Team Honors at Las Vegas Invite
Mike Tisdale's production was a bright spot for the Illini in Vegas. He scored a season-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with five rebounds vs. Utah, and followed with 12 points and a season-high eight rebounds vs. Bradley. With his two-game averages of 15.0 points and 6.5 boards, Tisdale earned a spot on the Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team.

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