Moline's Musings (February 2014)
It's a winning streak! For the first time since the Illini started Big Ten play 2-0, they've won back-to-back games, knocking off Nebraska 60-49. As the score indicates, the Illini defense was very good tonight, holding the Huskers' top three scorers to 23 combined points and forcing 15 Nebraska turnovers. The defense will be featured in one of tonight's nominees for the
The Illini defense was outstanding tonight, and the offense was better than it's been in a while, as Illinois won at Williams Arena for the 11th time in 13 tries, dealing the Gophers' NCAA Tournament chances a severe blow in a 62-49 win. Kendrick Nunn matched his career high with 19 points, but Nnanna Egwu was the player of the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Plent
Instead of getting better for the Illini in the second half, the offense got worse. A lot worse. More turnovers, worse shooting. The Illini only managed a feeble 0.57 points per possession in the second half, which meant that a good defensive effort against Ohio State went for naught in a 48-39 loss. Detailed efficiency numbers below, but first I must pick three nominees
Sigh...the Illini were in another game later in the second half, trailing by three points with a bit over 6:00 to play, but couldn't score or stop Shavon Shields down the stretch, and they dropped a 67-58 game at Nebraska. There were a few highlights to choose from, and those are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of
Ding dong, the losing streak is dead! The Illini, led by their freshmen, knocked off Penn State 60-55 on the road today. Kendrick Nunn notched a career-high 19 points, and Malcolm Hill scored 11 in their first career starts. As you might expect, the freshmen play a prominent role in my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appl
The Illini played the role of slump busters tonight, as Wisconsin knocked down 10-23 shots from three-point range in a 75-63 win. Rayvonte Rice had a strong game with 24 points and nine rebounds, but didn't get a lot of help. Joe Bertrand and Nnanna Egwu joined Ray in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. But, as you'll see in the numbers below, this one was lost
Well, the losing streak has hit seven games. The offense was as good as it's been since December, but too many mistakes down the stretch let Iowa escape with an 81-74 win, their first win in Champaign since 1999. Here are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.