Illinois fans were on their feet at the Assembly Hall on Saturday as junior guard Demetri McCamey hit a buzzer-beating floater to give the Illini a 72-70 victory over Indiana.
But it was a play that happened on the bench, not the court, that head coach Bruce Weber called “the best move of the day.”
The Illini and Hoosiers were locked at 36 going into the half, and the Illinois coaching staff wasn’t planning to play junior forward Mike Davis the rest of the way. But it was a fellow forward who suggested a change of plans.
With freshman Tyler Griffey earning the start at forward in place of Davis against Penn State and Indiana, Davis and senior forward Dominique Keller have been rivals for minutes off the bench. But Keller made Davis’ case to Weber.
“(Keller) said, ‘Hey Coach, Mike Davis is ready, we need him.’ That’s pretty good for Dominique to do that because he always wants to play,” Weber said. “And so we gave (Davis) a shot.
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