2009–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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2009–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
NIT, Quarterfinals
Conference Big Ten Conference
2009–10 record 21–15 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Bruce Weber
Assistant coach Wayne McClain
Assistant coach Jay Price
Assistant coach Jerrance Howard
MVP Demetri McCamey
Captain Bill Cole
Demetri McCamey
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Ohio State 14 4   .778     29 8   .784
#10 Purdue 14 4   .778     29 6   .829
#13 Michigan State 14 4   .778     28 9   .757
#16 Wisconsin 13 5   .722     24 9   .727
Illinois 10 8   .556     21 15   .583
Minnesota 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 7 11   .389     20 14   .588
Michigan 7 11   .389     15 17   .469
Indiana 4 14   .222     10 21   .323
Iowa 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
Penn State 3 15   .167     11 20   .355
2010 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Bruce Weber's seventh season at the school. They are members of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Assembly Hall. The Illini finished the season 21–15, 10–8 in Big Ten play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. They were invited to the 2010 National Invitation Tournament where they advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Dayton.

Pre-season[edit]

Demetri McCamey set several Illini assists records during the season

College GameDay[edit]

On Tuesday, August 18, ESPN announced that Illinois will serve as one of the host sites for the network’s popular basketball series, College GameDay, during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Two one-hour shows (10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central) will originate from the Assembly Hall on February 6, 2010 for the Illinois vs. Michigan State game. This is Illinois’s first appearance on ESPN College GameDay. The series, which is in its sixth season, will make four first-time stops in 2010. Other first-time hosts include Clemson, Kansas State and Washington. The Illinois/Michigan State game will be the only Big Ten game featured this season.[1]

Jeffrey Jordan[edit]

On October 6, 2009 it was reported that Jeffrey Jordan was talking to former teammates and coaches about a possible return to the Illinois basketball team. Jordan had left the team in June, after his second season, to focus on school.[2] October 16, 2009, coach Bruce Weber said that Jordan planned to return to the team.[3]

Pre-season rankings[edit]

Various publications and news sources released their preseason rankings prior to the start of the 2009–10 season. Illinois has been ranked by the publications below. The Fighting Illini were ranked 23rd by the Associated Press in their pre-season poll released. The Illini received the 27th most votes in the Coaches poll and failed to make their Top 25.

Associated Press Coaches Athlon[4] Lindy's[5] Sporting News[6] Fox Sports[7] CBS Sports[8] SI.com[9] Rivals.com[10]
23 NR NR 25 21 18 23 NR 24

Losses and additions[edit]

Illinois lost a good portion of their backcourt with the departure of 2008-09 senior guards Chester Frazier, Trent Meacham, and Calvin Brock. Freshmen Joseph Bertrand, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson help fill the holes in the guard positions, while freshmen Stan Simpson and Tyler Griffey will add depth to the frontcourt.

2009 additions[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Joseph Bertrand
SG
Sterling, IL Sterling High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oct 12, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Tyler Griffey
PF
Ballwin, MO Lafayette High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sep 6, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Brandon Paul
SG
Gurnee, IL Warren Township HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 11, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
D.J. Richardson
SG
Peoria, IL Findlay College Prep 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 11, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #22   Rivals: #10
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 1 Richardson, D.J.D.J. Richardson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Peoria, IL
G 2 Bertrand, JosephJoseph Bertrand 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Sterling, IL
G 3 Paul, BrandonBrandon Paul 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Gurnee, IL
G 13 Jordan, JeffreyJeffrey Jordan 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Highland Park, IL
G 15 Chisholm, BubbaBubba Chisholm 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Champaign, IL
C 21 Simpson, StanStan Simpson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
F 23 Keller, DominiqueDominique Keller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr Port Arthur, TX
F 24 Davis, MikeMike Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Alexandria, VA
F 30 Cole, BillBill Cole 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Peoria, IL
G 32 McCamey, DemetriDemetri McCamey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Bellwood, IL
G 33 Legion, AlexAlex Legion 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Detroit, MI
F 42 Griffey, TylerTyler Griffey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Wildwood, MO
C 50 Semrau, RichardRichard Semrau 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr Grafton, OH
C 54 Tisdale, MikeMike Tisdale 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Riverton, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-01-14

Schedule[edit]

Fighting Illini feet

Source[11]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
Fri, Oct 30* 7:00pm Missouri Southern #23 Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN.com W 95–67  14,454[12]
Sun, Nov 8* 4:00pm Quincy #23 Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN.com W 84–63  14,451[13]
Regular Season
Fri, Nov 13* 7:00pm SIU-Edwardsville #23 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN360 W 96–69  16,012[14] 1–0
Tue, Nov 17* 7:00pm Northern Illinois #23 Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN360 W 80–61  14,979[15] 2–0
Sat, Nov 21* 7:00pm Presbyterian #23 Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(Las Vegas Invitational)
BTN W 94–48  13,121[16] 3–0
Tue, Nov 24* 8:30pm Wofford #21 Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPNU W 78–64  12,982[17] 4–0
Fri, Nov 27* 9:30pm vs. Utah #21 Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational)
HoopsTV L 60–58  N/A[18] 4–1
Sat, Nov 28* 7:00pm vs. Bradley #21 Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(Las Vegas Invitational)
HoopsTV L 72–68  N/A[19] 4–2
Wed, Dec 2* 6:15pm at #18 Clemson Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC
(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN W 76–74  10,000[20] 5–2
Sat, Dec 5* 6:30pm Boise St Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 84–77  15,903[21] 6–2
Tue, Dec 8* 7:30pm Vanderbilt Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 79–68  15,594[22] 7–2
Sun, Dec 13* 1:30pm Western Michigan Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 88–53  14,886[23] 8–2
Sat, Dec 19* 6:00pm at Georgia Arena at Gwinnett CenterDuluth, GA ESPNU L 67–70  4,008[24] 8–3
Wed, Dec 23* 8:30pm vs. Missouri Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
ESPN2 L 81-68  20,497[25] 8–4
Wed, Dec 30 8:00pm #25 Northwestern Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 89–83 OT 16,618[26] 9–4 (1–0)
Sat, Jan 2* 12:00pm vs. Gonzaga United CenterChicago, IL CBS L 85–83 OT 20,917[27] 9–5
Tue, Jan 5 8:00pm Iowa Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 59-42  14,806[28] 10–5 (2–0)
Sat, Jan 9 7:00pm at Indiana Assembly HallBloomington, IN BTN W 66–60  16,634[29] 11–5 (3–0)
Tue, Jan 12 8:00pm Penn State Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN W 54–53  14,469[30] 12–5 (4–0)
Sat, Jan 16 2:30pm at Michigan St Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI CBS L 73–63  14,759[31] 12–6 (4–1)
Tue, Jan 19 8:00pm #13 Purdue Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN L 84–78  16,618[32] 12–7 (4–2)
Sat, Jan 23 7:00pm at Northwestern Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL BTN L 73–68  8,117[33] 12–8 (4–3)
Wed, Jan 27 5:30pm at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA BTN W 77–67  8,085[34] 13–8 (5–3)
Sat, Jan 30 1:00pm Indiana Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN2 W 72–70  16,618[35] 14–8 (6–3)
Wed, Feb 3 7:30pm at Iowa Carver-Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA BTN W 57–49  11,441[36] 15–8 (7–3)
Sat, Feb 6 8:00pm #5 Michigan St Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(ESPN College GameDay)
ESPN W 78–73  16,618[37] 16–8 (8–3)
Tue, Feb 9 6:00pm at #11 Wisconsin Kohl CenterMadison, WI BTN W 63–56  17,230[38] 17–8 (9–3)
Sun, Feb 14 12:00pm #13 Ohio St Assembly HallChampaign, IL CBS L 72–53  16,616[39] 17–9 (9–4)
Sat, Feb. 20 3:00pm at #4 Purdue Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN ESPN L 75–65  14,123[40] 17–10 (9–5)
Tue, Feb 23 6:00pm at Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI ESPN W 51–44  11,357[41] 18–10 (10–5)
Sat, Feb 27 3:00pm Minnesota Assembly HallChampaign, IL BTN L 62–60  16,618[42] 18–11 (10–6)
Tue, March 2 8:00pm at #6 Ohio State Schottenstein CenterColumbus, OH ESPN L 73–57  16,177[43] 18–12 (10–7)
Sun, March 8 1:00pm #15 Wisconsin Assembly HallChampaign, IL ESPN L 72–57  16,618 18–13 (10–8)
Big Ten Tournament
Fri, Mar 12 1:30pm vs. #13 Wisconsin Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
ESPN W 58–54  16,207 19–13
Sat, Mar 13 12:40pm vs. #5 Ohio State Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
(Big Ten Tournament)
CBS L 88–81 2 OT N/A 19–14
2010 NIT
Wed, Mar 17* 8:00pm at (8) Stony Brook #(1) Stony Brook ArenaStony Brook, NY
(First Round)
ESPNU W 76–66  4,423 20–14
Mon, Mar 22* 7:00pm (4) Kent State #(1) Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(Second Round)
ESPNU W 75–58  10,032 21–14
Wed, Mar 24* 9:00pm (3) Dayton #(1) Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(Quarterfinals)
ESPN2 L 77–71  8,548 21–15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Season statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals  High  Team high
Individual Player Statistics[44]
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
McCamey, Demetri 36 34 1241 34.5 542 15.1 191 421 .454 56 164 .341 104 147 .707 17 112 129 3.6 254 123 5 53
Tisdale, Mike 36 36 1006 27.9 429 11.9 165 282 .585 5 6 .833 94 112 .839 77 139 216 6.0 28 50 59 12
Davis, Mike 36 32 1161 32.2 385 10.7 172 364 .473 0 0 .000 41 65 .631 81 249 330 9.2 34 53 23 18
Richardson, D.J. 36 35 1112 30.9 379 10.5 124 311 .399 69 177 .390 62 80 .775 18 79 97 2.7 75 60 6 24
Paul, Brandon 36 14 682 18.9 280 7.8 93 279 .333 36 129 .279 58 90 .644 42 68 110 3.1 46 46 5 29
Keller, Dominique 35 0 399 11.4 156 4.5 66 145 .455 10 35 .286 14 27 .519 24 54 78 2.2 20 26 12 15
Cole, Bill 36 22 766 21.3 157 4.4 57 124 .460 29 77 .377 14 23 .609 38 78 116 3.2 36 24 22 24
Griffey, Tyler 32 4 270 8.4 105 3.3 42 80 .525 7 20 .350 14 16 .875 22 34 56 1.8 11 13 4 10
Legion, Alex 11 1 109 9.9 30 2.7 11 37 .297 4 19 .211 4 6 .667 0 10 10 0.9 5 4 1 3
Jordan, Jeff 33 2 454 13.8 52 1.6 22 50 .440 2 8 .250 6 10 .600 16 28 44 1.3 56 26 3 13
Semrau, Richard 15 0 67 4.5 21 1.4 9 13 .692 0 0 .000 3 5 .600 8 14 22 1.5 3 4 3 0
Chisholm, Bubba 12 0 16 1.3 7 0.6 3 12 .250 1 10 .100 0 0 .000 0 2 2 0.2 0 1 0 1
Simpson, Stan 8 0 17 2.1 4 0.5 2 9 .222 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 3 0 3 0.4 2 0 1 0
Team 50 74 124 3.4 13
Total 36 7300 2547 70.8 957 2127 .450 219 645 .340 414 581 .713 396 941 1337 37.1 570 443 144 202
Opponents 36 7300 2406 66.8 838 2094 .400 267 831 .321 463 665 .696 407 833 1240 34.4 461 433 61 221

Rankings[edit]

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AP 23 23 20 (RV) (RV) (RV) (RV) -- -- -- -- -- -- (RV) (RV) (RV) (RV) -- --
Coaches (RV) 25 21 (RV) (RV) (RV) (RV) (RV) -- -- -- -- -- -- (RV) -- -- -- --
Legend
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  Decrease in ranking
  No Change
(RV)   Received Votes

Honors and awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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