This was a nice bounce back game for the Illini after Tuesday's disappointing loss at Georgia Tech. The final score of 81-62 really doesn't show how much the Illini controlled this game, as they led by as many as 32 points before John Groce emptied the bench. Plenty of highlights to choose from in this one, but here are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. I thought the Bulldog, Tracy Abrams, deserved some love after his performance today.
Brian and Jerry talked with Jon Ekey and head coach John Groce after the win today. As you would expect, both were very pleased with today's game.
The Illini shot a ridiculous 61.5% from the field in this game, including 12-23 from three-point range. Auburn's porous defense certainly contributed to that efficiency, but the ball movement for the Illini was very good for most of the game as well. Here are today's efficiency stats.
An effective field goal percentage of 50% or better is good...73%? That's off the charts. Don't expect that kind of shooting performance every night, but it's nice to see that this team is capable of knocking down some open shots. Tracy Abrams wishes he could play against Auburn every game. Dartmouth will be here on Tuesday night before a tough game Saturday against Oregon.