Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan

Well, the Illini played a very good second half against Michigan, but fell just short in a 64-63 loss to the Wolverines.  Tracy Abrams had a floater in the lane that would have won it, but it came up short.  Illinois now awaits a likely NIT bid, as they'll find out their postseason destination on Sunday night.  Here are today's nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  Choose your favorite in the comments below.

Assistant coach Dustin Ford was pleased with his team's effort, but disappointed with the result today.

Here are today's efficiency stats, which show how close this game was.

Illinois

  • 1.09 PPP
  • 51.0 eFG%
  • 31.0 OReb%
  • 15.6 TO%
  • 23.1 FTA/FGA

Michigan

  • 1.14 PPP
  • 55.3 eFG%
  • 20.7 OReb%
  • 14.3 TO%
  • 31.9 FTA/FGA

 

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It was kind of a "bizarro" first half for the Illini against Michigan, as the offense was clicking, but the defense was allowing Michigan to score a bit too easily.  Here's a look at the first half efficiency stats:

Illinois

  • 1.08 PPP
  • 55.4 eFG%
  • 33.3 OReb%
  • 19.7 TO%
  • 10.7 FTA/FGA

Michigan

  • 1.27 PPP
  • 64.0 eFG%
  • 8.3 OReb%
  • 10.1 TO%
  • 24.0 FTA/FGA

The Illini were able to hang around in the first half with some timely shooting and by dominating the glass.  They'll need to slow down the Wolverines a bit more in the second half if they want to pull off the upset.  More after the game.

bmoline@wdws.com

Twitter: @BMolineWDWS

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