Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Purdue

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Purdue

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 the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game tonight.  You can choose your favorite in the comments below.

John Groce was not happy about his team's lack of toughness tonight.

Now for tonight's efficiency stats, which really went south in the second half:

Illinois

  • 0.91 PPP
  • 45.2 eFG%
  • 25.7 OReb%
  • 18.9 TO%
  • 34.6 FTA/FGA

Purdue

  • 1.09 PPP
  • 45.2 eFG%
  • 45.7 OReb%
  • 14.8 TO%
  • 19.4 FTA/FGA

Well, any time you let a team rebound almost half of their misses, lose the turnover battle and go 1-6 from the free throw line down the stretch, you're very unlikely to win.  That's what the Illini did tonight.  Next up?  No big deal, just #4 Michigan State at home on Saturday night. 

Thanks for reading.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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A strong finish to the first half (14-2) gave the Illini a 33-29 lead over Purdue at the break.  Tracy Abrams led the way with 11 points, Rayvonte Rice had 10, and Malcolm Hill was huge with 7 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.  Here are the first half efficiency stats:

Illinois

  • 1.00 PPP
  • 48.4 eFG%
  • 36.8 OReb%
  • 21.3 TO%
  • 12.9 FTA/FGA

Purdue

  • 0.91 PPP
  • 38.6 eFG%
  • 33.3 OReb%
  • 9.4 TO%
  • 6.3 FTA/FGA

A few too many turnovers (7) for the Illini in the first half, but those diminished as the half continued.  They've hung with Purdue on the boards, but gave up ten second chance points.  Those are a couple of areas to watch in the second half.  More coming up after the game.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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