Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Boston U.

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Boston U.

That's more like it!  The second half was much better than the first for the Illini tonight, and they escaped Boston University with a win, 66-62 the final.  Rayvonte Rice took over after halftime, finishing with 28 points on 11-14 shooting.  He was joined in double figures by freshman Malcolm Hill, who finished with ten points and eight rebounds.  Those two will be featured in tonight's nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  You can pick your favorite in the comments below.  Rice's "and one" is my choice.

John Groce was very pleased with his team's performance in the second half, after being less than pleased with their first half play.

On to the efficiency stats, which show how much the Illini improved in the final twenty minutes.

Illinois

  • 1.13 PPP
  • 58.7 eFG%
  • 25.0 OReb%
  • 20.6 TO%
  • 32.6 FTA/FGA

Boston U

  • 1.03 PPP
  • 52.8 eFG%
  • 15.6 OReb%
  • 11.6 TO%
  • 21.2 FTA/FGA

Illinois shot much better in the second half, took better care of the basketball, and was able to slow down the Terriers' outside shooting just enough to pull out a road win.  The Illini finished 8-17 from three-point range, which really helped them hang around until the defense showed its teeth in the last five minutes of the game.  On to Clemson for round two, with day and time TBD as of 9:30pm tonight.  Thanks for reading.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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It's hard to imagine a much worse stretch than the Illini had in that first half, as the Terriers outscored Illinois 22-4 during a stretch, but Illinois ended the half on an 11-3 run to make it 33-24 at the break.  Both ends of the court were pretty dismal at times, as the efficiency stats will show.

Illinois

  • 0.80 PPP
  • 45.4 eFG%
  • 16.7 OReb%
  • 26.8 TO%
  • 18.1 FTA/FGA

Boston U

  • 1.13 PPP
  • 53.7 eFG%
  • 23.5 OReb%
  • 10.2 TO%
  • 25.9 FTA/FGA

Illinois has to cut down on the turnovers in the second half and close out better on the Terriers' outside shooters, who hit seven three-pointers in the first half.  This would be an anticlimactic end to an up-and-down season if the Illini can't turn it around.  More after the game.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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Brian Moline wrote on March 20, 2014 at 9:03 am
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That Rice steal, layup, "and one" was impressive.  A huge play at a key point in the game.