CHICAGO - Between the pep talk from his younger brother, the article about Derrick Rose and the knowledge that he was in Michael Jordan's old home, Demetri McCamey had no problem finding motivation.
He had no difficulty locating the basket, either.
McCamey set the tone, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the opening eight minutes, and Illinois cruised to a 76-42 victory over Georgia at the United Center on Saturday.
As soon as he stepped on the court, one thought crossed his mind.
'M.J. I'm thinking about M.J. every time I step on,' said McCamey, a sophomore from suburban St. Joseph High School.
He was also thinking about the talk he got from his younger brother DeAndre McCamey, a junior at St. Joseph who told him he was settling for 3-pointers. And the article coach Bruce Weber gave him about Rose, the Chicago Bulls' No. 1 draft pick, on Friday.
With all those thoughts, McCamey put on quite a show. Particularly in the opening minutes.
He hit two 3-pointers, a three-point play and two more baskets as the Illini (7-1) grabbed an early 19-6 lead and remained in control the rest of the way. Up seven at halftime, they outscored the Bulldogs 46-19 in the second half and held Georgia scoreless over the final 7:23 to run away with the victory.
Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale scored 14 apiece and Dominique Keller added 11 as the Illini rebounded from a two-point loss to Clemson on Tuesday. With his father Michael watching from a suite, Jeff Jordan played seven minutes and did not attempt a shot.
It was a rough afternoon for Georgia (5-3), which hit just 18-of-51 shots and committed a season-high 27 turnovers in its second straight loss. The Bulldogs held a team meeting before getting a lengthy lecture from coach Dennis Felton and finally emerged from the locker room about an hour-and-a-half after the game.
'We discussed what was wrong, what we had to do to fix it,' Zach Swansey said. 'Then, Coach came in and gave us a lecture. He talked for about 30 to 45 minutes. He was talking about how we didn't compete or play hard and what we need to do to fix that.'
Terrance Woodbury scored 13 points but was the only Bulldog in double figures.
'The wheels fell off for us,' Felton said. 'They got some momentum and we kind of lost some of our confidence.'
After stumbling to a 16-19 record last season, the Illini are looking like a potential NCAA team, and they had no trouble picking apart Georgia.
They shot 33 of 58 overall and hit 9 of 16 3-pointers after converting 33 percent in the first seven games. Keller hit 3 of 4 from long range, while McCamey, Trent Meacham and Chester Frazier converted two.