Men's Basketball
Illinois Game Notes: Northern Colorado

Demetri McCamey is 13 points and three assists away from becoming just the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history with at least 1,400 career points and 600 career assists.
Demetri McCamey is 13 points and three assists away from becoming just the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history with at least 1,400 career points and 600 career assists.

Dec. 11, 2010

Champaign, Ill. -

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Game 11 // #16ap/17 Illinois (9-1) vs. Northern Colorado (4-3)
Dec. 12, 2010 // 5 p.m. CT // Champaign, Ill. // Assembly Hall (16,618)

TV: BTN - Eric Collins (Play-By-Play), Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 122, XM - 143

Probable Starters
Pos.  No.  Name              Ht.   Wt.   Yr.    PPG    RPG   APG   Other
G     32   Demetri McCamey   6-3   200   Sr.    16.3   3.5   7.2   52.4%  3FG
G     1    D.J. Richardson   6-3   195   So.    11.7   2.1   1.8   50%  3FG
G     3    Brandon Paul      6-4   200   So.    9.4    3.0   2.0   1.6 spg
F     24   Mike Davis        6-9   225   Sr.    10.8   6.8   1.7   54.8%  FG
C     54   Mike Tisdale      7-1   250   Sr.    10.7   7.2   1.4   1.7 bpg

Off the Bench Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 2 Joseph Bertrand 6-5 195 r-Fr. 1.5 0.7 0.2 50 FG% G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.0 0.3 0.8 3 steals C 12 Meyers Leonard 7-0 240 Fr. 3.1 2.0 0.1 51.9 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. 8.4 4.4 1.0 18 off. reb. F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Sr. 3.9 2.0 1.3 7 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.6 1.4 0.1 3 steals

Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 285-127/.692 (13th year)
At Illinois: 182-73/.714 (8th year)

Series Notes
Series Record: First meeting
Record at Champaign: First meeting
Last Meeting:  N/A
Series Streak: N/A
Weber vs. Northern Colorado: First meeting

Opening Tip
Illinois is currently on a six-game winning streak, the school's longest since winning seven straight from Dec. 6 through Dec. 30, 2008.

70-Point Streak
Illinois has scored at least 70 points in all 10 games this year, the longest 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 14-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.

Illinois is one of five teams from BCS conferences to score at least 70 points in every game this season, joining Duke (ACC), Kansas (Big 12), West Virginia (Big East) and Arizona (Pac-10).

McCamey Nears Another Exclusive Club
Demetri McCamey enters Sunday's match-up with Northern Colorado approaching a pair of milestones. He is three assists away from reaching 600 for his career and 17 points shy of reaching 1,400 for his career. When he attains those numbers, McCamey will become just the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history with at least 1,400 career points and 600 career assists. Here is a look at the Big Ten players who have accomplished that feat:

Name, SCHOOL (Years)          Career Points    Career Assists
Gary Grant, MICH (1985-88)        2,222             731
Scott Skiles, MSU (1983-86)       2,145             645
Dee Brown, ILL (2003-06)          1,812             674
Mateen Cleaves, MSU (1997-2000)   1,541             816
Jeff Horner, IOWA (2003-06)       1,502             612
Demetri McCamey, ILL (2008- )     1,383             597

Three-Point Attack
Illinois has been proficient from 3-point range this season. The Illini are averaging 7.5 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 41.7 percent from behind the arc, its best effort since shooting 42.5 percent during the 1988-89 season. Illinois has already hit double figures in 3-pointers three times in 10 games this year, equaling its effort for the entire year in each of the last four seasons.

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. Following Sunday's contest vs. Northern Colorado, the Illini wrap up non-conference play with a pair of neutral site games against UIC on Dec. 18 (United Center, Chicago) and Missouri on Dec. 22 (Scottrade Center, St. Louis).

Illini Player Notes
Demetri McCamey scored 30 points Wednesday night vs. Oakland, just one shy of his career high. It is the first 30-point game by an Illini since Mike Tisdale scored 31 last year vs. Northwestern (Dec. 30, 2009).

• McCamey is averaging 19.3 points and shooting 60 percent from 3-point range over the last three games.

D.J. Richardson is averaging 14.0 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 56.3 percent 3-point shooting over the last three games.

• McCamey ranks fourth in the nation in assists this season, averaging 7.2 apg.

• In addition to his assists average, McCamey ranks third in the Big Ten and 19th in the nation with a 2.88 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 16.3 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in nine of 10 games, including all six home games.

• McCamey owns the highest scoring average by an Illini player during Weber's tenure, and the highest since Brian Cook averaged 20.0 points in 2003.

• McCamey is shooting 51.3 percent from the field (58-113) and a team-high 52.4 percent from 3-point range (22-42).

D.J. Richardson leads the Illini with 24 three-pointers, and like McCamey also is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc, (.500, 24-48).

• Richardson has been especially hot from 3-point range over the last six games, shooting 57.7 percent (15-26).

• Guards McCamey, Richardson and Brandon Paul are shooting a combined 48.4 percent from 3-point range (59-122) on the season.

Jereme Richmond has scored in double figures in three of the last four games with 12 points each vs. Western Michigan and North Carolina and 10 points vs. Oakland.

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

Mike Davis recorded his first double-double of the season against North Carolina on Nov. 30 with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Davis leads all active Big Ten players with 25 career double-doubles.

• Davis is shooting 56.8 percent over the last five games (25-of-44) after shooting 35.7 percent in two games at New York (5-of-14). Richardson, meanwhile, is shooting 55.3 percent over the last five games (26-of-47) after shooting 28 percent in two games at New York (7-of-25).

Last Time Out
Illinois had to fight back from its first double-digit deficit of the season, rallying from as many as 11 down to defeat Oakland 74-63 Wednesday night at the Assembly Hall. It didn't help matters that the first 7:22 of the game was played with a women's ball, during which time the Illini shot just 23 percent (3-of-13) while Oakland raced out to a 15-6 lead. After the Illini cut it to four, the Grizzlies again pushed the lead to double figures at 25-15 with six minutes remaining in the half. Illinois finished with its lowest scoring first half of the season, entering the locker room trailing 28-24.

The deficit grew to nine points early in the second half when Illinois made its decisive run, scoring 18 unanswered points in just 3:24 to take a 45-36 lead with 13:23 remaining. After Oakland pulled to within four, the Illini answered with an 18-7 run to open up a 15-point lead with three minutes left and close out the game. In a contrast of halves, Illinois scored 50 points after intermission, its highest-scoring second half of the year.

Demetri McCamey led the way with a season-high 30 points, just one shy of his career high. D.J. Richardson tied his season high with 16 points, while Jereme Richmond scored in double figures for the third time in four games, finishing with 10.

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