Demetri McCamey and the Illini host Vanderbilt Tuesday at 7:30 pm CT at Assembly Hall.
Dec. 7, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #9 // Illinois (6-2) vs. -/#24 Vanderbilt (6-1)
Dec. 8, 2009 // 7:30 pm CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)
TV: BTN - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Doug Altenberger (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester
(Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius-216, XM-196
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 12.6 3.4 5.6 1.9 spg G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.6 2.1 3.0 53.6 3FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 12.3 2.9 1.8 38.9 3FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 13.6 10.1 1.1 53.6 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 10.9 5.5 0.9 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. 1.7 2.0 2.3 50 FG% G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 1.0 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. 6.6 2.4 1.0 52.3 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 2.6 3.6 0.8 12 off. reb. G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 3.0 0.8 0.6 4 3FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 3.7 2.0 0.2 50 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 2.4 2.3 0.4 8-11 FG
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 261-113/.698 (12th year)
At Illinois: 158-59/.728 (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. Vanderbilt
Series Record: Illinois leads 5-3
Record at Champaign: Illinois leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Illinois 69, Vanderbilt 63 (Nov. 20, 2008 at Nashville, Tenn.)
Series Streak: Illinois W-1
Weber vs. Vanderbilt: 1-0
The Illini continue their three-game homestand Tuesday night, hosting Vanderbilt.
Illinois has won nine straight non-conference games at Assembly Hall.
Illinois erased a 23-point deficit in last week's 76-74 victory at Clemson, marking the largest comeback in school history and ninth-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history. It also was the largest comeback from a halftime deficit in Big Ten history.
With its win over No. 18 Clemson, Illinois became the first Big Ten team this season to record a road victory over a Top 25 opponent.
All five Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.6 and 13.6 points.
Mike Davis joins Ohio State's Evan Turner as the only Big Ten players averaging a double-double on the season. Davis leads the Illini in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.6 points and 10.1 boards.
Davis is the Big Ten's No. 2 rebounder (10.1 rpg), while Demetri McCamey ranks second in the league in assists (5.6 apg).
Tisdale has scored in double figures in each of the last five games. Over that stretch, Tisdale is averaging 12.8 points (64) and 6.0 rebounds (30) while shooting 65 percent from the field (26-40).
Davis has scored in double figures and grabbed at least eight rebounds in all but one game.
Davis is averaging 18.3 points (55) on 55.8 percent shooting (24-43) over the last three games.
McCamey has scored in double figures in six games and has registered at least seven assists in four games.
McCamey recorded his ninth career 20-point game with a season-high 23 points vs. Boise State on Saturday.
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 has since hit 5-of-9 treys over the last two games.
Dominique Keller had a career-high five steals vs. Boise State on Saturday, the most steals by an Illini player since Calvin Brock had five vs. Ohio State on Jan. 20, 2009.
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 last Wednesday at Clemson, finishing with 20 points.
In its six wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 84.7 points (508) on 51.6 percent shooting (190-368) and 19.5 assists (117), 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 44-4 in regular season non-conference games at Assembly Hall.
Old Friends Meet Again
Bruce Weber considers Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings one of his closest friends in the coaching profession. Stallings was a player at Purdue when Weber came to West Lafayette as an assistant coach with former Boilermaker head coach Gene Keady. Weber and Stallings were then assistants together for six seasons at Purdue under Keady (1983-88), helping lead the Boilers to six NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big Ten championships.
Keady will be in attendance Tuesday night to watch his former assistants in action.
A Look Back at Last Year's Illinois-Vanderbilt Game
Illinois became the first team from a "BCS" conference to post a road win at a fellow BCS school during the 2008-09 season, defeating Vanderbilt on Nov. 20, 2008 by the score of 69-63. The Illini trailed 57-52 midway through the second half but outscored the Commodores 17-6 over the final 9:27 to pull out the victory. Trent Meacham and Chester Frazier each hit a pair of free throws during the closing seconds to seal it, in a night where the Illini were a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. Demetri McCamey led the Illini with 23 points while Meacham scored 14, as the duo combined for nine 3-pointers (McCamey 5, Meacham 4). Mike Davis (11) and Mike Tisdale (14) also scored in double figures.
Last Time Out: Illini Defeat Boise State
All five starters scored in double figures as a balanced attack led Illinois to a 84-77 victory over Boise State Saturday night at the Assembly Hall. Demetri McCamey poured in a season-high 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead the Illini. Mike Davis recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and game-high 12 rebounds, while D.J. Richardson scored 14 and Mike Tisdale and Brandon Paul added 10 points apiece.
Illinois led 74-64 with 4:30 left but Boise State went on a 10-2 run to make it a two-point game with less than a minute remaining. But the Illini made 6-of-6 free throws to seal the victory, as McCamey, Tisdale and Richardson each hit a pair.
The Illini were victorious despite Boise State shooting 55.6 percent on the night, the first opponent to shoot better than 45 percent against the UI defense this season. The Broncos, however, committed 23 turnovers and the Illini took advantage, enjoying a 25-to-18 advantage in points off turnovers.
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" this season. All five starters are averaging double figures, scoring between 10.6 and 13.6 points per game. Illinois is averaging 17.3 assists, ranking third in the Big Ten and 17th nationally.
High Scoring and Hot Shooting Illini
Illinois ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 79.2 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.
The Illini have had four 80-point performances through eight games, while last year the UI topped 80 points just twice on the season. Illinois, meanwhile, has had eight 40-point halves to start the season while last year the UI totaled 11, 40-point halves.
Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 48.6 percent. The Illini have shot better than 50 percent in four games.
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