The Stat Line of the Night – 2/9/10 – Demetri McCamey
On the coasts, Big Ten basketball is always disrespected all season until tournament time, when underrated Big Ten squads always seem to make deep runs. The defensive style of the conference is what bores some people, but also what serves its teams so well come March. Wisconsin is the epitome of this ideal. They are known for slowing down the game, playing lights out defense, and basically putting everyone to sleep while they win close ugly games all year long. In fact, they have been so effective with that strategy at home that they have only lost a handful of times their in the past decade. One of those handful was last night against Demetri McCamey and the Fighting Illini.
McCamey has been excellent all season long, even catching some eyes on the national stage. After helping lead the Illini to a huge home win over Michigan State on Sunday, McCamey dropped 27 points on 11-17 shooting and added 7 assists to carry the Illini over the Badgers. This win, coupled with Michigan State’s loss to Purdue, helped propel them into a tie for first in the Big Ten and may be just the signature road win they need to get some respect from the selection committee in March.
Regardless of what happens with Illinois going forward, McCamey will be a key factor. If he can be superb as he’s been the last few games, they will definitely make some noise. If not, well at least he can say he won “The Stat Line of the Night”.