Moline's Musings

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Boston U.

That's more like it!  The second half was much better than the first for the Illini tonight, and they escaped Boston University with a win, 66-62 the final.  Rayvonte Rice took over after halftime, finishing with 28 points on 11-14 shooting.  He was joined in double figures by freshman Malcolm Hill, who finished with ten points and eight rebounds.  Those two will be featured


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan

Well, the Illini played a very good second half against Michigan, but fell just short in a 64-63 loss to the Wolverines.  Tracy Abrams had a floater in the lane that would have won it, but it came up short.  Illinois now awaits a likely NIT bid, as they'll find out their postseason destination on Sunday night.  Here are today's nominees for the


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Indiana

The Illini were better down the stretch in this one, led by junior guard Tracy Abrams, who notched a season high 25 points and turned it over just once in 37 minutes running the point.  Nnanna Egwu was again huge on the defensive end with five blocked shots.  Some good candidates for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Iowa

BOOM!  Jon Ekey has become a part of Illini lore, hitting a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give Illinois a 66-63 win at Iowa to close out the regular season.  The Illini were outstanding on defense in the second half, holding the Hawkeyes to just 29 second-half points.  The 63 points for the game was Iowa's lowest scoring output of the season.  Time for my three nomi


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan

Yikes.  So much for the winning streak and any NCAA Tournament talk.  Michigan handed the Illini their worst home loss since the State Farm Center/Assembly Hall was built in 1963.  The Wolverines clinched their first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1986 with a 84-53 thumping of the Illini.  I'll give you three nominees for the


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Nebraska

It's a winning streak!  For the first time since the Illini started Big Ten play 2-0, they've won back-to-back games, knocking off Nebraska 60-49.  As the score indicates, the Illini defense was very good tonight, holding the Huskers' top three scorers to 23 combined points and forcing 15 Nebraska turnovers.  The defense will be featured in one of tonight's nominees for the


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Minnesota

The Illini defense was outstanding tonight, and the offense was better than it's been in a while, as Illinois won at Williams Arena for the 11th time in 13 tries, dealing the Gophers' NCAA Tournament chances a severe blow in a 62-49 win.  Kendrick Nunn matched his career high with 19 points, but Nnanna Egwu was the player of the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.  Plent


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Ohio State

Instead of getting better for the Illini in the second half, the offense got worse.  A lot worse.  More turnovers, worse shooting.  The Illini only managed a feeble 0.57 points per possession in the second half, which meant that a good defensive effort against Ohio State went for naught in a 48-39 loss.  Detailed efficiency numbers below, but first I must pick three nominees


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Nebraska

Sigh...the Illini were in another game later in the second half, trailing by three points with a bit over 6:00 to play, but couldn't score or stop Shavon Shields down the stretch, and they dropped a 67-58 game at Nebraska.  There were a few highlights to choose from, and those are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Penn State

Ding dong, the losing streak is dead!  The Illini, led by their freshmen, knocked off Penn State 60-55 on the road today.  Kendrick Nunn notched a career-high 19 points, and Malcolm Hill scored 11 in their first career starts.  As you might expect, the freshmen play a prominent role in my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appl


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