Illinois Game Notes vs. Vanderbilt
Dec. 7, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: BTN - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Doug Altenberger (Analyst)
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
Series Notes vs. 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
Keady will be in attendance Tuesday night to watch his former assistants in action.
A Look Back at Last Year's Illinois-Vanderbilt Game
Last Time Out: Illini Defeat Boise State
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.
High Scoring and Hot Shooting Illini
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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