Moline's Musings (January 2014)
No offense, but the Illini have no offense. Forgive the bad joke. Rayvonte Rice bounced back with 20 points, but no other Illini were in double figures, and the Illini dropped their sixth straight game, 56-46 to Indiana. There were a few good plays sprinkled in, and those will be my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WO
When your leading scorer is held scoreless, it's tough to win, especially on the road. That's what happened to the Illini this evening in Columbus, as the combination of Shannon Scott, Aaron Craft, and a lingering injury kept Rayvonte Rice scoreless for the first time in his college career. The Illini got 19 points from Joseph Bertrand, and Nnanna Egwu broke out of a big slump with
No Adreian Payne, no problem for Sparty tonight. Gary Harris was outstanding (23 points on just 9 FGA), and Michigan State was in control most of the night in a 78-62 win over the Illini. The Illini found a few more answers on offense in the second half, but could never get closer than six points. John Groce picked up a technical foul, and easily could have been ejected, but t
This is starting to feel familiar. The Illini are struggling in the early portion of the Big Ten schedule for the second straight season, falling to Purdue 66-58 at home. Missed free throw, turnovers, rebounding. Those three things contributed a lot to the outcome tonight, with the Boilermakers outrebounding the Illini 23-7 in the second half. Here are my nominees for th
Ouch. That one hurts. Losing at Northwestern is never fun, especially when the Wildcats are struggling as much as they are this season. It reminds me of this game from 2011 at Indiana, you know, the one where Tom Crean went through the concourse at the other Assembly Hall high-fiv
The second half wasn't much better. I'm surprised that the Illini were so bad defensively tonight, and Wisconsin scored 90+ in a Big Ten game for the first time since 1995 in a 95-70 Badger victory. I have to select three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, so here they are. Pick your favorite in
Fueled in part by a skirmish between Kendrick Nunn and DJ Newbill that saw Newbill ejected, the Illini pulled away in the second half to win comfortably over Penn State 75-55 to improve to 2-0 in the Big Ten. Let's get to my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. You can vote for your favorite in the comments below.