Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Ohio State

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Ohio State

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 for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  I'll go with the second Abrams three-pointer, as it ended an 8:00 scoring drought in the second half.  You can pick your favorite in the comments, if you like.

Coach Groce talked about the offensive woes after the game.

Now, on to tonight's woeful efficiency stats:

Illinois

  • 0.66 PPP (worst in a Big Ten game for the Illini since 2009 per John Gasaway)
  • 33.0 eFG%
  • 24.3 OReb%
  • 22.1 TO%
  • 7.5 FTA/FGA

Ohio State

  • 0.81 PPP (that defense should always be good enough to win)
  • 41.5 eFG%
  • 18.2 OReb%
  • 18.6 TO%
  • 31.9 FTA/FGA

If you follow those per possession stats, there isn't much to say about the above numbers, except to hope that things don't get any worse.  Minnesota is the opponent on Wednesday night, and if you're looking for good news, the Gophers aren't particularly good on the defensive end of the floor, ranking last in the league in defensive efficiency in conference games, per Ken Pomeroy.  So, if the Illini can't score against the Gophers, they can't score against anyone in the conference.

Thanks for reading.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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Beware of falling bricks...for both teams.  Not the prettiest of halves for either offense, in part because of some quality defense being played by both sides.  The result are efficiency stats that are anything but efficient:

Illinois

  • 0.74 PPP
  • 33.9 eFG%
  • 28.6 OReb%
  • 16.2 TO%
  • 6.5 FTA/FGA

Ohio State

  • 0.62 PPP
  • 33.9 eFG%
  • 15.8 OReb%
  • 21.6 TO%
  • 3.6 FTA/FGA

Neither team is shooting well, and neither team is getting to the free throw line.  Not a recipe for much scoring.  We'll see if that changes in half number two.  More after the game.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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