Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Oakland


Dec. 7, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 10 // #16ap/17 Illinois (8-1) vs. Oakland (5-3)
Dec. 8, 2010 // 7 p.m. CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

Internet Stream: - Tim Ditman (Play-By-Play), Spencer Turkin (Analyst), Heather Pink (Reporter)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 153

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.   Name              Ht.   Wt.  Yr.    PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     32    Demetri McCamey   6-3   200  Sr.   14.8   3.4   7.7   52.8%  3FG
G     1     D.J. Richardson   6-3   195  So.   11.2   2.1   1.9   50%  3FG
G     3     Brandon Paul      6-4   200  So.   10.2   3.0   2.1   1.8 spg
F     24    Mike Davis        6-9   225  Sr.   11.4   6.9   1.8   56.4%  FG
C     54    Mike Tisdale      7-1   250  Sr.   11.1   7.0   1.2   1.8 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 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.2 0.4 1.0 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 3.3 2.1 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. 8.2 4.3 1.0 17 off. reb. F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Sr. 4.0 2.0 1.2 6 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.9 1.4 0.1 3 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 284-127/.691 (13th year)
At Illinois: 181-73/.713 (8th year)

Series Notes
Series Record: Illinois leads 2-0
Record at Champaign: Same
Last Meeting:  Illinois 85, Oakland 54 - Nov. 24, 2004 (Champaign)
Series Streak: Illinois W-2
Weber vs. Oakland: 1-0

Opening Tip
Illinois has scored at least 70 points in all nine 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 13-game streak of consecutive 70-point outings. That is the longest streak under Bruce Weber and the most by the Illini since Lou Henson's teams tallied 23 consecutive 70-point games spanning the final eight games of 1989 and first 15 games of the 1990 season.

Current Win Streak Matches Last Year's Best
Illinois is currently on a five-game winning streak, equaling the longest win streak of the season by last year's UI squad. The 2010 Illini won five straight from Jan. 27 through Feb. 9.

Neutral-Site Turnaround
Illinois struggled at neutral sites last year, posting a 1-6 record. This year's team has already exceeded the win total from last season on neutral courts with two victories (Maryland, Gonzaga) in three games.

Three-Point Attack
Illinois has been proficient from 3-point range this season. The Illini are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game, the highest average since the 2004-05 team set a school record by averaging 8.8 threes per contest. Illinois is shooting 41.4 percent from behind the arc, its best effort since also shooting 41.4 percent during the 1991-92 season. Illinois has already hit double figures in 3-pointers three times in nine games this year, equaling its effort for the entire year in each of the last four seasons. Here is a look at the top five seasons in Illini history for 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers per game.

Rk.  Season    3FG Pct.     Rk.  Season      3FG/Game
1.   1986-87     46.1       1.   2004-05       8.8
2.   1988-89     42.5       2.   1995-96       7.5
3.   1991-92     41.4       3.   2010-11       7.4
4.   2010-11     41.4       4.   1996-97       7.4
5.   2004-05     39.2       5.   2005-06       7.3

Illini in the NCAA Rankings
The first NCAA statistical rankings of the season were released on Monday, and Illinois ranks among the top 35 teams nationally in nine categories:

Category                               Stat    Rank
Winning Percentage                     88.9    20th
Scoring Offense                        79.4    34th
Scoring Margin                         15.3    34th
Field Goal Percentage                  49.2    22nd
3-Point Field Goal Percentage          41.4    22nd
3-Point Field Goal Percentage Defense  26.8    19th
Assists                                17.9    11th
Assist/Turnover Ratio                  1.4     14th
Blocked Shots                          5.4     30th

Illini Player Notes
Mike Tisdale scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday vs. Gonzaga, becoming the 43rd player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.

Demetri McCamey tied Deron Williams for third on the school's all-time career assists lists on Saturday at Gonzaga. McCamey has 595 career assists.

• McCamey ranks fourth in the nation in assists this season, averaging 7.7 apg.

• In addition to his assists average, McCamey ranks second in the Big Ten and 19th in the nation 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 14.8 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in eight of nine games, including all five home games.

• McCamey is shooting 50.5 percent from the field (48-95) and a team-high 52.8 percent from 3-point range (19-36).

D.J. Richardson leads the Illini with 20 three-pointers, and like McCamey also is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc, (.500, 20-40)

• Richardson has been especially hot from 3-point range over the last five games, shooting 61.1 percent (11-18).

Mike Tisdale is averaging 14.3 points over the last four games (57), scoring in double figures in all four contests.

Mike Davis recorded his first double-double of the season last 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.

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

Brandon Paul leads the Illini with 16 steals, ranking fifth in the Big Ten with 1.8 spg.

Mike Davis is shooting 60.5 percent over the last four games (23-of-38) after shooting 35.7 percent in two games at New York (5-of-14). D.J. Richardson, meanwhile, is shooting 55.6 percent over the last four games (20-of-36) after shooting 28 percent in two games at New York (7-of-25).

• Guards McCamey, Paul and Richardson are shooting a combined 48.6 percent from 3-point range (52-107) on the season.

• The frontcourt duo of Davis and Tisdale are shooting a combined 55.9 percent from the field (81-145) on the year.

Illini Team Notes
• Illinois ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 79.4 points.

• The Illini are shooting 49.2 percent from the field, ranking third in the Big Ten. Illinois has shot better than 45 percent in all but two games and at least 49 percent in six games.

• The Illini also rank third in the league in 3-point shooting at 41.4 percent. The Illini have topped 45 percent shooting from behind the arc in four games.

• 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 39.9 percent shooting and 26.8 percent 3-point shooting. All nine opponents have shot less than 47 percent from the field, with four teams held to less than 38 percent.

• The Illini rank second in the Big Ten in blocked shots (5.4 bpg).

Last Time Out
Illinois put on a 3-point shooting clinic Saturday in Seattle, defeating Gonzaga 73-61. The Illini shot 52.2 percent from behind the arc, nailing a season-high 12 treys in 23 attempts. The decisive long-range attack began with 1:17 left in the first half, as Brandon Paul hit the first of back-to-back treys to close out the half. The Illini then came out of the lockerroom and made nine threes in 11 attempts; three by Mike Tisdale and two each by D.J. Richardson, Bill Cole and Demetri McCamey. That capped a stretch of 11 of 12 made baskets that were threes and turned a 2-point Illini lead into an 18-point advantage with 11 minutes remaining.

Illinois had five players score in double figures for the second straight game. Tisdale and D.J. Richardson led the way with 15 points each, while Paul scored 12, McCamey added 11 and Mike Davis finished with 10.

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