Illini Need to Rock the Mike (Tisdale, Davis) Right this Season

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During the last Illinois Fighting Illini season, they were too many college basketball games in which Bruce Weber could have described Demetri McCamey by a familiar rock anthem.  The Cars’: “you’re all I’ve got tonight. I need you. Tonight!”

If there’s one thing I do know, it’s that Big Ten and NCAA expectations at Illinois will only materialize if that song becomes played out and obsolete; metaphorically speaking.

If there’s a second thing I know, it’s don’t live with a woman whose behavior draws Tara Reid comparisons, and worse yet takes those comparisons as profound compliments. Because either situation (over-reliance on one player or dating a Tara Reid wannabe) will inevitably end badly.

Illini Head Coach Bruce Weber has said “we’ll be as good as our seniors,” and that means McCamey, but it also means Center Mike Tisdale and Power Forward Mike Davis.

By Paul M. Banks

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McCamey, Davis coming back to Illini

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By Paul M. Banks

University of Illinois juniors Demetri McCamey and power forward Mike Davis withdrew their names from the NBA Draft today. The duo will return to Champaign-Urbana for their senior Fighting Illini season. With a legitimate threat of a NBA lockout in 2011, pretty much every junior in the nation who was at least half-way decent optioned to test the waters this spring. And as long as they didn’t hire an agent- no harm, no foul.

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Easy Illini Win Over Western Michigan Inspiring, Not Surprising

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By Paul Schmidt

It isn’t like anyone expected the Illini to lose. Still, their 88-53 win over Western Michigan a lot of positives can be taken.

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Video Illini F Mike Davis exclusive

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Interview by Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt, write-up by Banks

Illini Junior Mike Davis used his baseline jumper, mid-range game and rebounding abilities to have a breakthrough season last year. In this video interview below, he discusses the upcoming season, various aspects of his game and much more.

Here are some of Davis’ highlights from 08-09

-Second-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches, Third-team by media
-Big Ten All-Tournament Team
-Started all 34 games on the season, averaging 30.7 minutes
-Second on Illini in scoring, second in the Big Ten in rebounding with an average of 8.1
-Led conference with nine double-doubles, also led league with 11 double-digit rebounding performances
-Third in Big Ten in field goal shooting
-Scored career-high 28 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
-Grabbed a career-high 16 boards vs. Purdue, most rebounds by a Big Ten player in conference play
-In off-season was selected to attend the 2009 USA?Basketball World University Games team trials, but withdrew due to broken left ankle.

More Illini exclusives, click name for video interviews:

Mike Tisdale

D.J. Richardson

Brandon Paul

Alex Legion and Dominique Keller

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