Demetri McCamey and the Illini take on Georgia Saturday at 6 pm. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Dec. 17, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game #11 // Illinois (8-2) vs. Georgia (4-4)
Dec. 19, 2009 // 6 pm CT/7 pm ET // Duluth, Ga. // The Arena at Gwinnett Center (13,000)
TV: ESPNU - Eric Collins (Play-By-Play), Mark Gottfried (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 13.5 3.0 5.5 41.9 3FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 11.3 2.4 2.9 54.3 3FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 11.0 2.8 2.0 36.6 3FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 12.5 9.9 1.2 53.5 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 10.9 5.8 0.9 62 FG%
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. 2.4 2.4 2.2 56.3 FG% G 15 Bubba Chisholm 5-11 180 Sr. 0.8 0.2 0.0 8 min C 21 Stan Simpson 6-10 230 r-Fr. 1.0 0.5 0.2 1 block F 23 Dominique Keller 6-7 230 Sr. 7.4 2.6 1.1 55.6 FG% F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Jr. 3.0 3.1 0.8 12 off. reb. G 33 Alex Legion 6-5 205 Jr. 3.3 0.8 0.5 4 3FG F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-9 225 Fr. 4.0 2.4 0.3 50 FG% C 50 Richard Semrau 6-10 245 r-Jr. 2.1 2.0 0.3 9-12 FG
Head Coach: Bruce Weber
Career Record: 263-113/.699 (12th year)
At Illinois: 160-59/.731 (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. Georgia
Series Record: Illinois leads 5-0
Record at Neutral Sites: Illinois leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Illinois 76, Georgia 42 (Dec. 6, 2008 at Chicago)
Series Streak: Illinois W-5
Weber vs. Georgia at Illinois: 1-0
Weber vs. Georgia All-Time: 2-0
Following a three-game homestand, Illinois now has three of its next four games away from Assembly Hall, beginning Saturday vs. Georgia in Duluth, Ga.
Illinois has won four-straight games, equaling its longest winning streak of the season.
Illinois is trying to snap a four-game skid at neutral sites.
Illinois is 77-13 in regular season non-conference games during Bruce Weber's seven-year tenure, a winning percentage of 85.6 percent.
In each of its eight wins, Illinois has topped 70 points and recorded at least 15 assists.
Illinois ranks 13th in the nation in assists (17.8 apg) and 14th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
The Illini rank 22nd in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.495), 27th in scoring margin (+15.5 ppg) and 34th in scoring offense (80.1 ppg).
All five Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.9 and 13.5 points.
D.J. Richardson has reached double figures in scoring in four straight games. Over that stretch, Richardson is averaging 14.0 points (56) on 50 percent shooting (18-36).
Richardson leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 54.3 percent (19-35).
After making 9-of-12 from 3-point range over the first four games, Richardson made just 1-of-7 from behind the arc in Las Vegas. Richardson has since hit 9-of-16 treys over the last four games.
Mike Tisdale is third in the conference in field goal percentage (.620) and second in free throw percentage (.913).
Davis has been the Illini's leading rebounder in all but one game this season.
Davis ranks second among Big Ten players in season and career double-doubles. Davis has five double-doubles so far this season and 14 for his career.
Only one opponent (Boise State) has shot better than 45 percent against the Illini defense this season.
Illinois carries a two-game winning streak against Top 25 teams in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, with victories over No. 24 Vanderbilt (Dec. 8) and No. 19 Clemson (Dec. 2).
Illinois erased a 23-point deficit in the 76-74 victory at Clemson (Dec. 2), 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 (20 points) in Big Ten history.
With its win over No. 18/19 Clemson, Illinois became the first Big Ten team this season to record a road victory over a Top 25 opponent.
Brandon Paul has already recorded three 20-point games to start his UI career, with 22 vs. SIU Edwardsville, 20 vs. Northern Illinois and 20 vs. Clemson.
In its eight wins, Illinois' offense is averaging 84.4 points (675) on 52.1 percent shooting (228-438) and 19.6 assists (157), while in two losses, the offense is averaging 63.0 points (126) on 39.3 percent shooting (48-122) and 10.5 assists (21).
Illini to Watch D Will in Atlanta
Illinois travels to Atlanta on Friday in preparation for Saturday's game against Georgia. But instead of going straight to the team hotel, the Illini players, coaches and support staff will visit Philips Arena to watch the Utah Jazz, led by former Illini All-American point guard Deron Williams, face the Atlanta Hawks.
Last Time Out
Illinois dominated Western Michigan Sunday at the Assembly Hall, cruising to an 88-53 victory. The Illini had a total of 12 players enter the scoring column as the bench made its presence felt, outscoring the Western Michigan reserves 40-to-10. Leading the way was sixth-man Dominique Keller, who recorded a season-high 15 points. Mike Davis notched his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards, while D.J. Richardson also scored 12 and Demetri McCamey added 11. Mike Tisdale, meanwhile, had a season-high five blocked shots, the most blocks by an Illini in six years, since James Augustine had five vs. Arkansas on Dec. 6, 2003.
A Look Back at Last Year's Illinois-Georgia Game
The Illini posted a 76-42 victory over Georgia on Dec. 6 at the United Center in Chicago. Illinois led the entire way, jumping out to a quick 19-6 lead and taking a 30-23 advantage into halftime. And with Illinois ahead 54-42 with 7:15 left, the Illini closed the game on a 22-0 run.
Demetri McCamey led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale scored 14 points apiece, each shooting 7-of-10. The Illini shot 56.9 percent for the game and recorded 23 assists.
Third Georgia Meeting for Weber
In addition to last year's Illini victory over the Bulldogs, Bruce Weber also coached against Georgia while he was at Southern Illinois. Weber's 11th-seeded Salukis beat the 3rd-seeded Bulldogs 77-75 in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament at the United Center in Chicago.
Illini Face Fox Again
For first-year Georgia coach Mark Fox, the Illini are a familiar opponent. Fox was in his first season as head coach at Nevada in 2005 when his 9th-seeded Wolfpack faced the No. 1 Illini in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Illinois defeated Nevada, 71-59.
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 10.9 and 13.5 points per game. Illinois is averaging 17.8 assists, ranking fourth in the Big Ten and 13th nationally.
High Scoring and Hot Shooting Illini
Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten and 34th in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 80.1 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 already had five 80-point performances through 10 games, while last year the UI topped 80 points just twice on the season. Illinois, meanwhile, has had 12, 40-point halves to start the season while last year the UI totaled 11, 40-point halves.
Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally in field goal shooting at 49.5 percent. The Illini have shot better than 50 percent in five games, led by season-high 59.3 percent accuracy vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 8). Last season, Illinois shot better than 50 percent in a total of seven games.
Illinois also is shooting well from behind the arc, ranking third in the league in 3-point shooting at 39.1 percent.
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