Illinois Game Notes: Northern Colorado
Dec. 11, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: BTN - Eric Collins (Play-By-Play), Shon Morris (Analyst)
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
Head Coach Bruce Weber
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
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
Illini Player Notes
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
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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