First, my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. Some good ones to choose from tonight. Just comment at the bottom with your favorite:
Well, the Illini didn't clean up the defensive glass (25 offensive rebounds for JSU), but did everything else well tonight in an 86-62 win over Jacksonville State. Joseph Bertrand had himself a night with his first career double-double, notching 20 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Jaylon Tate was very impressive at the point, with 10 points, 8 assists and just one turnover. Here are the efficiency stats for tonight:
The numbers show a very good offensive performance for the Illini, which came despite mediocre shooting from outside (4-12 3pt). Illinois did a nice job taking the ball to the basket and getting layups, dunks and free throws (18-28 from the line). It was a pretty good defensive performance, outside of rebounding. The Gamecocks didn't shoot well, but got some putback baskets to hang around early in the second half.
Here's a quick look at the first half efficiency stats for both teams. Be sure to check back in this space after the game for updated stats, plus my three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.
If the Illini clean up on the defensive glass in the second half, no reason they shouldn't cruise to a 20+ point win.