Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Indiana

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Indiana

The Illini were better down the stretch in this one, led by junior guard Tracy Abrams, who notched a season high 25 points and turned it over just once in 37 minutes running the point.  Nnanna Egwu was again huge on the defensive end with five blocked shots.  Some good candidates for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  You can pick your favorite in the comments below.

In their postgame media session, Coach Groce, Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams talked about the win.

Coach also talked to Brian and Jerry courtside after the win.

Now, on to today's happy efficiency stats, which were outstanding for the Illini, especially on the defensive end of the floor.

Illinois

  • 1.04 PPP
  • 46.0 eFG%
  • 28.1 OReb%
  • 16.3 TO%
  • 44.0 FTA/FGA

Indiana

  • 0.88 PPP
  • 42.0 eFG%
  • 35.3 OReb%
  • 26.2 TO%
  • 30.0 FTA/FGA

Illinois won the turnover battle today, and shot better from the field than the Hoosiers.  After a 6-10 first half from three-point range, the Hoosiers went 0-9 in the second half from beyond the arc.  The Illini have earned a rematch with top-seeded Michigan in tomorrow's quarterfinals.  Thanks for reading.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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A close first half in this one, which shouldn't be a surprise.  The Illini have the tempo about where they want it, but the Hoosiers' long-range shooting has kept them close, as they've hit 6-10 from three-point range.  Here are the first half efficiency stats:

Illinois

  • 1.02 PPP
  • 50.0 eFG%
  • 35.7 OReb%
  • 20.4 TO%
  • 19.2 FTA/FGA

Indiana

  • 0.94 PPP
  • 47.8 eFG%
  • 37.5 OReb%
  • 30.2 TO%
  • 34.8 FTA/FGA

The Illini need to keep better track of Sheehey on the perimeter, and continue to force the Hoosiers into turnovers.  If they can do that, they should have a date with #1 seed Michigan tomorrow.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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