It was a tale of two halves tonight for the Illini, and the second half was certainly impressive. Outscoring the Bears 58-33 in the second half, Illinois rebounded from a lackluster start to win 89-68 and improve to 4-0 on the season. As for our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, all of my choices come
Well, the Illini came out of the locker room on a mission, outscoring Brown 58-33 after halftime to win 89-68. Once again, five Illini were in double figures, including Rayvonte Rice's second career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds). Here are the efficiency stats for the Illini:
When a team scores 107 points, you have plenty of options for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. Fourteen made three-pointers, some fast breaks, and pretty passes. Let's get to the highlights. Our first nominee is a nice play out of a timeout that started the Illini's 32-12 run to end the first half.
This is fun. Illinois hit the century mark for the second straight game, the first time that's happened since the Illini scored 100+ in three straight games in December of 1993. Illinois shot nearly 60% from the field, and 14-25 from three-point range as they ran away from Austin Peay 107-66. Let's take a look at tonight's efficiency stats, first for the red hot Illini:
The challenge tonight is narrowing down the number of nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game to just three. Here are my choices. Feel free to pick your favorite in the comments below, or name some others that didn't make my final three.
The Illini dominated this one from start to finish tonight, blowing out an overmatched Coppin State team 114-56. We saw what can happen with this year's team when the offense is firing on all cylinders. Although the efficiency numbers dropped slightly in the second half, this was an outstanding performance both offensively and defensively. First, the numbers for the Illini, wi
Illinois won the first and fourth quarters on Saturday at Wisconsin, but the Badgers dominated quarters two and three. Naturally, our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game come from the bookend quarters.
The script has become familiar for the Illini. Fall behind in the first half, come back in the fourth quarter. But this game also included the first-ever weather delay at Memorial Stadium, delaying the game for two hours in the middle. After the delay, the Illini performed better on both sides of the ball, giving me quite a few options for our