Illinois Game Notes: Gonzaga
Dec. 2, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPN (also streamed via ESPN3.com) - Terry Gannon (Play-By-Play), Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
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
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Illinois leads the Big Ten in scoring this season, averaging 80.2 points.
Illini Player Notes
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
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
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 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
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