Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Dartmouth

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Dartmouth

Illinois seemed to be on its way to a 20+ point win over Dartmouth tonight, leading by 17 points with just over eleven minutes to play.  Then the Big Green started hitting some shots, and the Illini started missing some free throws.  The lead would shrink to six before the Illini held on for a 72-65 win.  There were some nice plays for the Illini tonight, and here are my three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  You can choose your favorite in the comments below.

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John Groce was happy with the first half, and the first several minutes of the second half.  After that, not so much.

As for the efficiency stats, as you can see below, they looked better at halftime.  The Illini struggled against Dartmouth on the glass all night.  Surprisingly, the Big Green are one of the better rebounding teams in the country, ranking in the top 40 in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage on the season.  Illinois didn't do a horrible job on the defensive glass, but grabbed just four offensive rebounds on the night.  Here are tonight's efficiency stats:


  • 1.14 PPP
  • 59.0 eFG%
  • 15.4 OReb%
  • 14.3 TO%


  • 1.03 PPP
  • 47.5 eFG%
  • 32.4 OReb%
  • 15.8 TO%

The offensive numbers were pretty good, except for the lack of offensive rebounds.  Nice to see Malcolm Hill get the first of what figures to be many double-figure scoring games at Illinois, as the freshman finished with ten points.  The Big Green made a few pretty ridiculous three-pointers down the stretch to make Illinois sweat a bit, and bump up their offensive stats tonight.  That said, this seemed to be a bit less severe version of what happened at Georgia Tech last week.  If there's a repeat on Saturday night, the Oregon Ducks will run the Illini out of the gym.

Thanks for reading.

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We'll have some highlights after the game, but here's a look at the efficiency stats at halftime, as Illinois leads 39-27.


  • 1.26 PPP
  • 66.1 eFG%
  • 16.7 OReb%
  • 12.9 TO%


  • 0.90 PPP
  • 42.0 eFG%
  • 35.7 OReb%
  • 23.4 TO%

As I pointed out earlier today, despite playing at a slow tempo, the Big Green really struggle defensively.  The Illini have taken advantage of that in the first half.  They're just 20 minutes away from their 9th victory of the season.  More to come after the game.

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