Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes vs. Boise State

Mike Davis and the Illini host Boise State Saturday at 6:30 pm. The game will be televised on BTN.
Mike Davis and the Illini host Boise State Saturday at 6:30 pm. The game will be televised on BTN.

Dec. 4, 2009

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 8 // Illinois (5-2) vs. Boise State (4-2)
Dec. 5, 2009 // 6:30 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: BTN - Ari Wolfe (Play-By-Play), Doug Altenberger (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.    11.1    3.7    6.1    2.0  spg
G      1     D.J. Richardson    6-3   185   Fr.    10.1    2.0    2.9    56.5  3FG%
G      3     Brandon Paul       6-4   195   Fr.    12.6    3.0    1.9    38.7  3FG%
F      24    Mike Davis         6-9   220   Jr.    13.3    9.9    1.1    56.9  FG%
C      54    Mike Tisdale       7-1   235   Jr.    11.0    5.7    1.0    1.9  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. 2.0 2.4 2.2 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. 6.4 2.6 0.9 52.8 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.0 3.7 0.4 10 off. reb. G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 3.4 0.7 0.6 4 3FG 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. 2.4 2.3 0.4 8-11 FG

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 260-113/.697 (12th year)
At Illinois: 157-59/.727 (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. Boise State
Series Record: First meeting
Weber vs. Boise State: First meeting

Opening Tips
• After playing three consecutive games away from Assembly Hall, the Illini return home for three straight games beginning Saturday night vs. Boise State.

• On Saturday, the UI football and basketball teams play home games on the same day for just the second time in school history. The first occurred Nov. 22, 2003, when the Illini football team ended its season with a 37-20 loss to Northwestern and Bruce Weber coached his inaugural game at Illinois, a 94-66 win over Western Illinois.

• Illinois is coming off a record-setting 76-74 victory at Clemson where the Illini erased a 23-point deficit, marking the largest comeback in school history and ninth-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history.

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

• All five Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.1 and 13.3 points.

Demetri McCamey ranks second in the Big Ten in assists (6.1 apg), Mike Davis is second in the conference in rebounding, (9.9 rpg) and D.J. Richardson is second in the league in 3-point shooting (.565).

Mike Tisdale is fourth in the Big Ten in field goal shooting (.620), fifth in the league in free throw shooting (.882) and fourth in the conference in blocked shots (1.9 bpg).

• Tisdale has scored in double figures in each of the last four games. Over that four-game stretch, Tisdale is averaging 13.5 points (54) and 6.5 rebounds (26) while shooting 61.1 percent from the field (22-36).

• Davis has scored in double figures and grabbed at least eight rebounds in all but one game.

• Davis is averaging 19.5 points (39) on 66.7 percent shooting (16-24) over the last two games.

• McCamey has registered at least seven assists in four games.

• After making 9-of-12 from 3-point range over the first four games, D.J. Richardson made just 1-of-7 from behind the arc in Las Vegas. Richardson bounced back to hit 3-of-4 treys Wednesday at Clemson.

Brandon Paul began the year with back-to-back 20-point performances, scoring 22 vs. SIU Edwardsville and 20 vs. Northern Illinois. After combining for just 26 points over the next four games, Paul rediscovered his scoring touch Wednesday at Clemson, finishing with 20 points.

• In its five wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 84.8 points (424) on 52.3 percent shooting (158-302) and 20.0 assists (100), while in two losses, the offense is averaging 63.0 points (126) on 39.3 percent shooting (48-122) and 10.5 assists (21).

• During the Weber era, Illinois is 43-4 in regular season non-conference games at Assembly Hall.

Last Time Out: Illini Defeat Clemson in Record Fashion
Illinois' Big Ten/ACC Challenge victory at Clemson Wednesday night was one for the ages. The Illini were down 20 points at halftime and trailed by 23 early in the second half. But the Illini pulled together and went on to perform the biggest comeback in school history to claim a 76-74 win.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the comeback was how quickly it happened. The Illini trailed 60-41 with 14:35 left, but over the next 5:48, the Orange and Blue went on a remarkable 22-1 run to take a 63-61 lead with 8:47 remaining.

There were two ties and four lead changes down the stretch. Mike Tisdale hit a driving layup to put the Illini up 75-74 with 41 seconds left. Tisdale then blocked a shot on the defensive end and Brandon Paul hit one free throw with :8.4 remaining to make it a 2-point lead. Demontez Stitt missed a runner on Clemson's final possession and the Illini bench rushed onto the court to celebrate the record-setting come-from-behind victory.

The previous largest margin for an Illini comeback was 21 points against Seton Hall at the Assembly Hall on Dec. 9, 2000.

Mike Davis led the Illini with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds. Brandon Paul scored 20 to record his third 20-point game of the season, while fellow freshman D.J. Richardson had 14. Tisdale added 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Demetri McCamey, meanwhile, overcame foul trouble to control the second half and tally a game-high seven assists.

Big Ten Wins Conference Challenge vs. ACC
After a 10-year drought, including five years where the event was decided by one game, the Big Ten Conference finally holds bragging rights from the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten won this year's Challenge, 6-5. Illinois, meanwhile, improved its all-time record in the Challenge to 4-7, and 2-2 in road games, with the victory at Clemson. Here's a look at the results from this year's Challenge:

Penn State def. Virginia, 69-66
Northwestern def. N.C. State, 65-53
Purdue def. Wake Forest, 69-58
Maryland def. Indiana, 80-68
North Carolina def. Michigan State, 89-82
Virginia Tech def. Iowa, 70-64
Illinois def. Clemson, 76-74
Miami def. Minnesota, 63-58
Boston College def. Michigan, 62-58
Wisconsin def. Duke, 73-69
Ohio State def. Florida State, 77-64

Balanced Offense
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. All five starters are averaging double figures, scoring between 10.1 and 13.3 points per game. Illinois is averaging 17.3 assists, ranking second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally.

High Scoring and Hot Shooting Illini
Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 78.6 points. 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.

Illinois also ranks third in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 48.6 percent. The Illini have shot better than 50 percent in four of seven games.

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