Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

My NCAA Tournament Bracket

Well, with Illinois done for the season, at least there's still the NCAA Tournament to hold my interest, at least through the first weekend.  Here's my NCAA Tournament bracket for this year.  Feel free to comment, laugh, insult, etc.  Just click on the image to enlarge it.

Efficiency Stats - Alabama

Much like the Michigan game, the second half of this game didn't matter much.  Alabama led by 30 points in the second half and cruised to a 79-58 win over Illinois.  The Illini's season ends with a thud and a 19-14 record.  As for the efficiency stats:

Efficiency Stats - Michigan

John Groce's first two Illinois teams played their best basketball in February and March.  This one didn't, and it will mean another NIT berth for Illinois.  The numbers don't lie in this one:

Plays of the Game - Nebraska

Scoring from Rayvonte Rice?  Check.  Defense and hustle from Nnanna Egwu?  Check.  Rice's 23 points, and Egwu's four blocks, helped pave the way to a 69-57 win for the Illini over Nebraska tonight.  We have some good options for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, with a nod to the seniors.  First, Nnanna Egwu kept a possession alive, a

Efficiency Stats - Nebraska

The Illini hit enough shots down the stretch to pull away from a stubborn Nebraska team tonight 69-57.  Appropriately enough, it was a senior who carried Illinois on senior night, with Rayvonte Rice posting 23 points, including 4-7 from three point range.  Fellow senior Nnanna Egwu did his thing with six points, eight rebounds, and four blocked shots.  Here are the efficiency sta

Efficiency Stats - B1G Update 3-2-15

Unlike last week when Iowa made a big move up the league's efficiency rankings, there no really big movers in either direction this week.  Both Wisconsin and Michigan State were knocked down a peg, but both are still the league's best and third best, respectively, in efficiency margin.  Illinois and Maryland were the biggest gainers, but neither team made much of a move in the ranking

Plays of the Game - Northwestern

The hardest part of the job tonight is picking just three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  When you make 14 three-pointers and have numerous other highlights, it's a bit of a challenge, but I'll do my best.  Rayvonte Rice led five Illini players in double figures with 19 points and seven rebounds, and

Efficiency Stats - Northwestern

The second half got a bit sloppy and chippy at times, but the Illini were never threatened by Northwestern tonight, cruising to an 86-60 win to get back to .500 in the Big Ten.  Rayvonte Rice was one of five Illini in double figures, with 19 points and seven rebounds.  Let's take a look at a very efficient night for the Illini:

Plays of the Game - Iowa

Two Illini seniors, Rice and Starks, made plenty of plays tonight.  No one else really did, at least not on offense.  Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined to shoot 4-22 from the field, which won't get the job done most nights, especially on the road.  But, we do have some choices tonight for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance W

Efficiency Stats - Iowa

The Illini offense sputtered in the second half tonight, and the result is a 68-60 loss at Iowa that puts the Illini's backs firmly against the wall.  Win their final three regular season games, and they should get an NCAA Tournament bid. If not, they'll need to win some games in the Big Ten tournament to have a chance.  Here are the final efficiency stats, first for Illinois: