Illinois Game Notes vs. Northwestern
Dec. 29, 2009
Champaign, Ill. -
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI BASKETBALL
TV: BTN - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Kendall Gill (Analyst), Charissa Thompson (Reporter)
Probable Starters Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG Other G 32 Demetri McCamey 6-3 200 Jr. 14.1 3.2 5.4 49.6 FG% G 1 D.J. Richardson 6-3 185 Fr. 10.8 2.3 2.9 48.9 3FG% G 3 Brandon Paul 6-4 195 Fr. 10.4 2.8 1.8 39.1 3FG% F 24 Mike Davis 6-9 220 Jr. 12.3 9.8 1.1 51.2 FG% C 54 Mike Tisdale 7-1 235 Jr. 11.1 6.1 0.9 60 FG%
Series Notes vs. Northwestern
Illini in Big Ten Openers
Illinois plays a pair of ranked teams this week, hosting No. 25 Northwestern (AP poll) on Wednesday and facing No. 22 Gonzaga (Coaches poll) on Saturday in Chicago. The Illini carry a two-game winning streak against Top 25 teams, with victories at No. 18/19 Clemson on Dec. 2 and against No. 24 Vanderbilt (Coaches poll) on Dec. 8.
The Illini are 84-16 at Assembly Hall under Weber, a winning percentage of 84 percent.
All five Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.4 and 14.1 points.
Over the last five games, Demetri McCamey is averaging 18.2 points (91) on 60 percent shooting from the field (33-55) and 50 percent from 3-point range (9-18).
D.J. Richardson ranks third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 48.9 percent (22-45).
Mike Tisdale ranks fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (.600) third in free throw percentage (.893) and fifth in blocked shots (2.0 bpg).
Davis has been the Illini's leading rebounder in all but one game this season.
Davis leads Big Ten players with six double-doubles this season. He ranks second in the Big Ten with 15 career double-doubles, trailing only Ohio State's Evan Turner (18).
Tisdale recently moved into the Illini Top 10 for career blocked shots. Tisdale currently has 87 blocks, tied for ninth place on the UI all-time list with Lowell Hamilton (1986-89).
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.
Illinois ranks 17th in the nation in assists (17.1 apg) and 13th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
The Illini rank 24th in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.482).
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 four losses, the offense is averaging 65.3 points (261) on 40.8 percent shooting (102-250) and 12.0 assists (48).
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