Efficiency Stats: Offense struggles in Columbus

Efficiency Stats: Offense struggles in Columbus

After a quick start, another slog for Illini in Columbus.



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UPDATE:  Illinois stays at #42 in the updated Ken Pomeroy rankings after an 0-2 week.  Their offensive rating has suffered a bit after two subpar performances, but the defensive rating held steady.  The defensive efficiency was good against Iowa, and a bit below average against Ohio State.  As usual, you can click the screen shot to the left for today's snapshot of the Illini, or simply click the link above if you'd like to see the KenPom ratings for all 347 DI teams.






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The Big Ten regular season schedule is in the books, and in terms of efficiency, the Illini were the 8th best team in the conference this season.  Appropriately enough, Illinois is the #8 seed in the upcoming Big Ten conference tournament.  The efficiency stats say that Minnesota had a better conference season than both the Illini and Purdue, but the Gophers didn't play well down the stretch, so they find themselves in that 8-9 game vs. the Illini.  Indiana is certainly a worthy Big Ten champion, winning at Michigan to clinch the outright title on the season's final day. 




John Groce sounded fairly upbeat after yesterday's game, saying he was pretty happy with his team's effort.  You wonder how much of that is trying to keep his guys positive heading into postseason play, where Groce has been at his best.  His two Ohio teams that won the MAC tournament were seeded 5th and 3rd respectively, and most people remember last season's run in the NCAA Tournament that included an upset over Michigan.  Here's the coach this morning on the WDWS Morning Show:


That big 15-4 run at the end of the first half proved to be too much for the Illini to overcome, as they fall 68-55.  The Illini finish the regular season 21-11, 8-10 in the Big Ten.  They're the #8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, playing #9 seed Minnesota on Thursday at 11am.  Here are the efficiency stats for today's game:


  • Illinois 0.87 PPP
  • Illinois 41.7 eFG%
  • Illinois 19.0 TO%
  • Illinois 24.3 OReb%

The offensive numbers got better for Illinois in the 2nd half, but still weren't nearly good enough to come back against the Buckeyes in Columbus.

  • OSU 1.05 PPP
  • OSU 51.0 eFG%
  • OSU 21.6 TO%
  • OSU 35.7 OReb%

The Buckeyes didn't shoot as well in the second half, but got more second chance opportunities.  They turned it over enough to let the Illini hang around, but not enough for Illinois to get closer than seven points.

Season-to-date numbers coming tomorrow.


Ohio State finished the first half on a 15-4 run to take a 33-24 lead into the locker room.  The efficiency numbers don't look good.

  • Illinois 0.75 PPP
  • Illinois 36.7 eFG%
  • Illinois 21.9 TO%
  • Illinois 28.6 OReb%

Too many turnovers and bad shooting (30% FG) are spelling doom.

  • OSU 1.01 PPP
  • OSU 56.3 eFG%
  • OSU 18.3 TO%
  • OSU 21.4 OReb%

The Illini have a slight advantage on the glass, but haven't been cashing the offensive rebounds into points.

More to come after the game.



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Moonpie wrote on March 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

No inside game and they can't shoot--one and done in the Big Dance. No amount of cheerleading by the Sleepy Gazoo can alter that.

JamesB wrote on March 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I still think we can win a game (if we get in!) if we draw a good matchup.  But if we get an 8 or 9 seed, one win is as much as we can possibly get.