Freshman Jereme Richmond makes his first trip home to Chicago, as Illinois takes on UIC Saturday at the United Center.
Dec. 17, 2010
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
Game 12 // #12ap/14 Illinois (10-1) vs. UIC (4-7)
Dec. 18, 2010 // 1 p.m. CT // Chicago, Ill. // United Center (20,917)
TV: BTN - Brian Anderson (Play-By-Play), Shon Morris (Analyst)
Radio: Illini Sports Network - Brian Barnhart (Play-By-Play), Jerry Hester (Analyst), Loren Tate (Reports)
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 91, XM - 196
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Sr. 15.8 3.4 7.3 52.1% 3FG G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 195 So. 11.9 2.1 2.1 49.1% 3FG G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 200 So. 9.0 2.9 2.2 1.5 spg F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 225 Sr. 10.9 7.1 1.6 54.2% FG C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 250 Sr. 11.0 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. 1.6 0.6 0.1 44.4 FG% G 4 Crandall Head 6-4 185 Fr. 1.1 0.3 0.7 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. 0.3 0.0 0.0 3 min. G 21 Kevin Berardini 6-0 175 r-Fr. 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 steal G/F 22 Jereme Richmond 6-7 205 Fr. 8.4 4.1 0.9 18 off. reb. F 30 Bill Cole 6-9 215 Sr. 4.6 2.1 1.3 7 blocks F 42 Tyler Griffey 6-8 235 So. 2.7 1.5 0.1 3 steals
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career Record: 286-127/.692 (13th year)
At Illinois: 183-73/.715 (8th year)
Series Record: Illinois leads 12-1
Record at Neutral Sites: Illinois leads 4-0
Last Meeting: Illinois 71, UIC 66 - Dec. 9, 2006 (United Center, Chicago)
Series Streak: Illinois W-10
Weber vs. UIC at Illinois: 2-0
Weber vs. UIC All-Time: 5-2
Illinois is one of only three teams from BCS conferences to score at least 70 points in every game this season, joining Duke (ACC) and Kansas (Big 12).
Seven Straight Wins
Illinois is currently on a seven-game winning streak, the school's longest since also winning seven straight from Dec. 6 through Dec. 30, 2008.
Illinois has won each of its last six games by double figures, the longest UI streak since the Illini won eight in a row by double digits from Dec. 5, 2005 through Jan. 5, 2006.
The United Center: Illinois' Home Away from Home
While games played at the United Center count as neutral site in the record book, for the Illini the UC is a home away from home. Saturday's contest against UIC marks the 42nd game the Illini have played at the UC, dating back to the 1994-95 season. Illinois owns an all-time record of 32-9 (.780) at the United Center.
Current Illini at the United Center
Demetri McCamey (3 G): 13.0 ppg, 2.3.0 rpg, 4.7.0 apg
UC Highlights: 20 points and six assists vs. Gonzaga (1/2/10) ... 19 points, six assists and three steals vs. Georgia (12/6/08) ... Two assists vs. Arizona (12/8/07).
Mike Davis (3 G): 10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
UC Highlights: Double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Gonzaga (1/2/10) ... 14 points, five rebounds and three steals vs. Georgia (12/6/08) ... Four points vs. Arizona (12/8/07).
Mike Tisdale (3 G): 6.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
UC Highlights: Four points vs. Gonzaga (1/2/10) ... 14 points vs. Georgia (12/6/08) ... Four points vs. Arizona (12/8/07).
Brandon Paul (1 G): 17 pts, 1 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl (vs. Gonzaga, 1/2/10)
D.J. Richardson (1 G): 6 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl (vs. Gonzaga, 1/2/10)
Bill Cole (3 G): 0 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast
Tyler Griffey (1 G): 0 pts, 0 reb
McCamey Nears Another Exclusive Club
Demetri McCamey enters Saturday's match-up with UIC approaching another milestone. He is six points shy of reaching 1,400 for his career. When he attains that number, McCamey will become just the second player in school history and sixth in Big Ten history to record 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- ) 1,394 605
Illinois struggled at neutral sites last year, posting a 1-6 record. This year's team has already exceeded its win total from last season on neutral courts with two victories (Maryland, Gonzaga) in three games. The Illini wrap up non-conference play with a pair of neutral site games against UIC on Saturday at the United Center, followed by Missouri next Tuesday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Illinois has scored at least 70 points in all 11 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 15-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 has been proficient from 3-point range this season. The Illini are averaging 7.7 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 42.1 percent from behind the arc, its best effort since shooting 42.5 percent during the 1988-89 season.
Tisdale Scores 1,000; Davis Nearing 1,000 Points Mike Tisdale is the 43rd player in Illinois history to score 1,000 career points. Tisdale reached that milestone against Gonzaga on Dec. 4 when he made his third 3-pointer with 15:14 left in the game.
Tisdale (1,023 pts) joins Demetri McCamey (1,394 pts) as current Illini in the 1,000-point club. Next to join that group is fellow senior Mike Davis, who needs 25 points for 1,000. At his current season scoring average, Davis should reach the milestone by Dec. 29 at Iowa.
Illini Player Notes
Demetri McCamey ranks fifth in the NCAA in assists, averaging 7.3 apg.
McCamey has tallied at least seven assists in 22 of the last 27 games.
In addition to his assists average, McCamey ranks 20th in the nation with a 2.96 assist-to-turnover ratio.
D.J. Richardson ranks 16th in the NCAA in 3-point field goal shooting at 49.1 percent.
Richardson has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, averaging 14.0 points (56) and shooting 52 percent from 3-point land (13-24) over that stretch.
McCamey is averaging 17.3 points (69) and shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range (12-21) over the last four games.
Mike Davis is averaging 11.8 points (47) and 8.0 rebounds (32) over the last four games, registering a pair of double-doubles during that stretch with 20 points-10 rebounds vs. North Carolina and 12 points-10 rebounds vs. Northern Colorado.
Davis leads all active Big Ten players with 27 career double-doubles.
Jereme Richmond is shooting 56.4 percent (22-39) over the last five games, scoring in double figures in three of those five contests.
Bill Cole is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (6-12) over the last four games after shooting 22.2 percent from behind the arc (4-18) through the first seven games of the season.
McCamey leads the team in scoring on the season, averaging 15.8 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in all but one game, including all seven 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 51.7 percent from the field and a team-high 52.1 percent from 3-point range this season.
McCamey has made three 3-pointers in each of the last four games.
D.J. Richardson leads the Illini with 28 three-pointers, including eight over the last two games.
Guards McCamey, Richardson and Brandon Paul are shooting a combined 47.9 percent from 3-point range (67-140) on the season.
For complete Illinois Basketball Notes, click on PDF link at top of page.