Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Gonzaga

Mike Davis and the Fighting Illini travel to Seattle to face Gonzaga on Saturday at 4:15 pm on ESPN.
Mike Davis and the Fighting Illini travel to Seattle to face Gonzaga on Saturday at 4:15 pm on ESPN.

Dec. 2, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Comcast Battle in Seattle
Game 9 // #20ap/21 Illinois (7-1) vs. #-/24 Gonzaga (4-2)
Dec. 4, 2010 // 4:15 pm CT / 2:15 pm PT // Seattle, Wash. // Key Arena (17,072)

TV: ESPN (also streamed via - Terry Gannon (Play-By-Play), Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Dave Loane (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 130

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.   Name             Ht.   Wt.   Yr.   PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     32    Demetri McCamey  6-3   200   Sr.   15.3   3.6   7.8   52.3%  FG
G     1     D.J. Richardson  6-3   195   So.   10.8   1.8   1.9   51.4%  3FG
F     30    Bill Cole        6-9   215   Sr.   3.6    2.0   1.1   5 blocks
F     24    Mike Davis       6-9   225   Sr.   11.6   7.0   1.8   57.4%  FG
C     54    Mike Tisdale     7-1   250   Sr.   10.6   7.3   1.4   1.9 bpg

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.8 0.8 0.2 50 FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 10.0 3.4 2.3 2.0 spg G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.2 0.4 1.0 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 3.8 2.4 0.1 56 FG% G 15 Jean Selus 6-2 195 Jr. 0.5 0.0 0.0 2 min. G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 0.8 0.2 0.2 1 assist G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 9.0 4.4 1.1 16 off. reb. F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 3.3 1.6 0.1 3 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 283-127/.690 (13th year)
At Illinois: 180-73/.711 (8th year)

Series Notes
Series Record: Illinois leads 2-1
Record at Neutral Sites: Tied, 1-1
Last Meeting:  Gonzaga 85, Illinois 83 (OT) - Jan. 2, 2010 (United Center, Chicago)
Series Streak: Gonzaga W-1
Weber vs. Gonzaga: 1-1

Opening Tip
Illinois has scored at least 70 points in all eight games this year, the longest single-season streak by the program since reaching the 70-point mark the first 12 games of the 2004-05 season. When counting the final four games of last season, the Illini currently have a 12-game streak of consecutive 70-point outings.

Illinois leads the Big Ten in scoring this season, averaging 80.2 points.

Illini Player Notes
Mike Tisdale is 13 points away from becoming the 43rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Demetri McCamey (587) is seven assists away from tying Deron Williams (594) for third on the school's all-time career assists lists.

• McCamey ranks second in the nation in assists, averaging 7.8 apg.

• In addition to his assists average, McCamey leads the Big Ten with a 3.44 assist-to-turnover ratio. He has played a total four games this year with one or zero turnovers.

• McCamey leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in seven of eight games, including all five home games.

• McCamey is shooting 52.3 percent from the field (45-86) and a team-high 51.6 percent from 3-point range (16-31).

D.J. Richardson leads the Illini with 18 three-pointers, and like McCamey also is shooting better than 51 percent from behind the arc, (.514, 18-35)

• Richardson has been especially hot from 3-point range over the last four games, shooting 69.2 percent (9-13).

Brandon Paul leads the Illini with 16 steals, ranking fourth in the Big Ten with 2.0 spg.

Mike Davis recorded his first double-double of the season on Tuesday with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. North Carolina. Davis leads all active Big Ten players with 25 career double-doubles.

Mike Tisdale is averaging 14.0 points over the last three games (42), scoring in double figures in all three contests.

Jereme Richmond scored his career high in each of the last two games with 12 points against Western Michigan and North Carolina.

Mike Davis is shooting 64.3 percent over the last three games (18-of-28) after shooting 35.7 percent in two games at New York (5-of-14). D.J. Richardson, meanwhile, is shooting 58.3 percent over the last three games (14-of-24) after shooting 28 percent in two games at New York (7-of-25).

• Guards McCamey, Paul and Richardson are shooting a combined 47.9 percent from 3-point range (45-94) on the season.

• The frontcourt duo of Davis and Tisdale are shooting a combined 57.0 percent from the field (73-128) on the year.

Illini Team Notes
• Illinois leads the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 80.2 points.

• The Illini are shooting 49.7 percent from the field, ranking third in the Big Ten. Illinois has shot better than 45 percent in all but one game and at least 49 percent in six games.

• The Illini also rank third in the league in 3-point shooting at 39.6 percent.

• Five players are scoring in double figures on the season.

• Six players are shooting at least 50 percent from the field.

• Nine players are averaging doubles figures in minutes.

• Illinois' defense is holding teams to combined 39.8 percent shooting and 27.7 percent 3-point shooting. All eight opponents have shot less than 47 percent from the field, with four teams held to less than 38 percent.

• The Illini rank third in the Big Ten in both blocked shots (5.4 bpg) and assists (18.4 apg).

Illinois in Seattle
Illinois is making its fifth trip to Seattle and first in 21 years. The Illini have played seven games all-time in the Emerald City, owning a 3-4 record. The Illini played a three-game series against Washington in 1927 as part of the dedication of Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Illinois then traveled to Seattle for three NCAA Final Four appearances in 1949, 1952, and most recently 1989. Here is a list of Illinois' all-time results in Seattle:

Dec. 27, 1927	 Washington 34, Illinois 23     Edmundson Pavilion
Dec. 29, 1927	 Illinois 33, Washington 24     Edmundson Pavilion
Dec. 30, 1927	 Washington 32, Illinois 26     Edmundson Pavilion
March 26, 1949	 Illinois 57, Oregon State 53   Edmundson Pavilion (NCAA 3rd Place Game)
March 25, 1952	 St. John's 61, Illinois 59     Edmundson Pavilion (NCAA Semifinal)
March 26, 1952	 Illinois 67, Santa Clara 54    Edmundson Pavilion (NCAA 3rd Place Game)
April 1, 1989	 Michigan 83, Illinois 81       The Kingdome (NCAA Semifinal)

Last Time Out
Illinois won its second straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge game, defeating North Carolina 79-67 Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. The Illini had a season-high five players score in double figures, led by Mike Davis, who tallied his first double-double of the season and 25th of his career with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Demetri McCamey scored 17 and had eight assists, Mike Tisdale had 14 points, Jereme Richmond tied his career high with 12 points, and D.J. Richardson added 11 to lead a balanced UI scoring attack.

Illinois shot 50.8 percent overall and was effective from long distance, hitting 8-of-12 three-pointers for a season-high 66.7 percent accuracy. Richardson knocked down 3-of-3 from behind the arc while McCamey shot 3-of-4 from the land of three.

The biggest difference in the game was Illinois' ability to capitalize off of turnovers. North Carolina had 18 turnovers which the Illini converted into 26 points. UNC, meanwhile, scored just eight points off of Illinois' 14 turnovers.

Big Ten Wins Conference Challenge vs. ACC for Second Straight Season
The Big Ten Conference owns bragging rights over the ACC for the second year in a row. The Big Ten won this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge by the same 6-5 margin as last year. Illinois, meanwhile, improved its all-time record in the Challenge to 5-7, and 3-2 in home games, with the victory over North Carolina.

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