Illinois Game Notes vs. Georgia
Dec. 17, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: ESPNU - Eric Collins (Play-By-Play), Mark Gottfried (Analyst)
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%
Series Notes vs. Georgia
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).
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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.
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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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