Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Wisconsin

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Wisconsin

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 the comments below.

I'll pick the Rice three-pointer, as that was the Illini's only lead of the night.

Meanwhile, John Groce was not happy, but was pretty calm after the game..

Now on to the ugly efficiency stats for tonight:

Illinois

  • 1.00 PPP
  • 35.3 eFG%
  • 46.3 OReb%
  • 11.4 TO%
  • 24.4 FTA/FGA

Wisconsin

  • 1.34 PPP (this means the Illini actually played WORSE defense in the 2nd half)
  • 63.2 eFG%
  • 17.9 OReb%
  • 5.7 TO%
  • 57.9 FTA/FGA

The only phase of the game in which the Illini played well was rebounding.  They grabbed a bunch of offensive rebounds, and kept the Badgers off the offensive glass.  They also didn't turn it over much, but that was an awful defensive performance.  Let's hope this was an aberration, and that Illinois bounces back in a winnable game at Northwestern on Sunday night.  Thanks for reading.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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Sheesh.  That was the worst half of the season for the Illini, and when that comes against a team as good as Wisconsin, it's a disaster.  Here are the ugly first half efficiency stats:

Illinois

  • 0.68 PPP
  • 31.1 eFG%
  • 33.3 OReb%
  • 19.0 TO%
  • 10.8 FTA/FGA

Wisconsin

  • 1.31 PPP
  • 60.0 eFG%
  • 13.3 OReb%
  • 5.3 TO%
  • 56.7 FTA/FGA

Let's hope the second half is better.  Hard to imagine it being worse.  More after the game.

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