Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan State

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan State

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 that came too late to have much of an impact on the outcome.  Here are my three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game:

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Meanwhile, Groce was....

On to tonight's efficiency stats, which looked awfully good for Sparty.

Illinois

  • 0.94 PPP
  • 43.4 eFG%
  • 23.7 OReb%
  • 13.7 TO%
  • 16.4 FTA/FGA

Michigan State

  • 1.17 PPP
  • 61.5 eFG%
  • 36.0 OReb%
  • 19.6 TO%
  • 42.3 FTA/FGA

The Illini fought MSU to a draw on the glass in the second half, and limited themselves to just two turnovers in the second 20 minutes, but couldn't hit enough shots and couldn't get enough stops against a very talented Spartans team.  Tracy Abrams was 8-8 from the free throw line, but his teammates went just 1-2.  A team that struggles to hit shots has to try to manufacture some offense at the free throw line, and that's been a weakness of this year's team.  Next up is a desperate Ohio State team in Columbus this Thursday night.  The Buckeyes carry a three-game losing streak of their own into Monday night's game at Nebraska. 

Thanks for reading.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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For the second straight half, the Illini have been pushed around on the boards.  Michigan State has grabbed half of its missed shots on the offensive glass, and lead in rebounding overall 24-10.  Ouch.  Here are the rest of the efficiency stats from the first half:

Illinois

  • 0.72 PPP
  • 40.0 eFG%
  • 20.0 TO%
  • 6.7 FTA/FGA

Michigan State

  • 1.04 PPP
  • 53.6 eFG%
  • 50.0 OReb%
  • 26.6 TO%
  • 28.6 FTA/FGA

Nine MSU turnovers helped the Illini stay close for most of the half, but Illinois has to start making some shots to have a chance.  Let's hope that happens in the second half.  More after the game.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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