The Illini hit plenty of three-pointers in this one (11-24), but struggled from inside the arc and gave up way too many offensive rebounds in a 79-71 loss at Minnesota. There are some options for our Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. We'll start with one of the Illini's eleven three-pointers, this one from Kendrick Nunn.
Tired legs. A short bench. Missed open shots. Take your pick. Minnesota used a 17-2 second half run to pull away from the Illini today, with a 79-71 final score. Looking at the numbers, it was the defense that failed the Illini today, and in particular the defensive rebounding. First for the Illini:
If we didn't know already, we found out tonight why freshman forward Leron Black's nickname is "Savage." In his first career start, Black finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He and frontcourt mate Nnanna Egwu thoroughly outplayed Purdue's center tandem of Lucas Haas and AJ Hammons. Egwu finished with five blocked shots, to break the Illinois career blocked shots record he
Wow! What a breakout game tonight for Leron "Savage" Black tonight against Purdue! The freshman finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds in his first career start for the Illini, as they fought their way to a 66-57 win over Purdue tonight at State Farm Center. Against a team that prides itself on its toughness, the Illini were tougher. We'll take a look at the efficiency
There was plenty of offense in this one, so plenty of options for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. The Illini came out firing from three-point range this afternoon, led by sophomore Kendrick Nunn, who put up 24 points today after a career-high 25 at Northwestern on Wednesday night.
It was an entertaining game to watch, but ultimately the Illini came up short in an 80-74 loss to Indiana in front of a record crowd at State Farm Center. As you might expect in such a shootout, both offenses had pretty good efficiency numbers in this one. First for the Illini:
It was raining threes early, and the Illini made enough plays in the second half to pull out a 72-67 win in Evanston over a stubborn Northwestern squad. Kendrick Nunn was outstanding, finishing with a career-high 25 points, and Aaron Cosby provided some much needed offense with 19 points of his own. Plenty of options tonight for our Dick Van
The Fighting Illini scored 29 more points than they did on Sunday in Lincoln and held off Northwestern 72-67 for a road win that came at the perfect time. Kendrick Nunn was big throughout with a career-high 25 points, and Aaron Cosby used a big first half to finish with 19. The Illini's efficiency stats are much prettier tonight than they were on Sunday:
Not many highlights to choose from tonight. I did manage to find three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. We'll start with Nnanna Egwu's lone basket of the game, but appropriately it came from one of his ten rebounds.
Well, that was ugly. Despite solid defense most of the night, Illinois could never get in any kind of a flow on offense, resulting in a 53-43 loss at Nebraska. Poor shooting and shot selection were the culprits tonight, as well as some good defense from the Cornhuskers. Here are the final efficiency stats for the Illini, if you can stomach them: