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.
Head coach John Groce was very happy with his team's effort in coming back from a 21-point deficit.
Let's take a look at tonight's efficiency stats, which were as good offensively as they've been since the Penn State game. But, too many transition opportunities for Iowa meant that the defensive side wasn't so good.
The Hawkeyes showed off their offensive rebounding prowess much of the night, grabbing nearly half of their missed shots. They also are constantly attacking the basket, as illustrated by their number of free throw attempts, not only tonight but all season long. It was a very good effort by the Illini, but something extraordinary was needed to knock off this Iowa team. Wisconsin comes calling on Tuesday night. The Badgers are also struggling, losing five of their last six games.
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It was the worst of times, it was the best of times. A horrible start for the Illini gave way to a great finish to the first half. Here are the first half efficiency stats:
The Illini need to do a better job on the glass in the second half and try to keep Iowa off the free throw line. Neither will be easy, but both are necessary if the Illini want to pull off the upset. They've put themselves in position with a great run to close the first half.
More after the game.