Tonight was just what the doctor ordered for an Illini team desperate for a win. They defended well for 40 minutes, and got a career high 28 points from sophomore Malcolm Hill in a 64-57 win over #11 Maryland at State Farm Center. Plenty of options for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, most involving Hill.&n
Malcolm Hill took over on the offensive end of the floor early in the second half. His career high 28 points, combined with stout defense throughout for Illinois, propelled the Illini to their first Big Ten win over nationally ranked Maryland 64-57. The Illini also hit their free throws late to ice the win, as they went 17-20 from the free throw line. Here are the efficiency s
As you might expect in this kind of game (and too many of the Illini's games this season), there were plenty of highlights early, and not nearly enough late. Here are my three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. We'll start with Rayvonte Rice, who was on fire in the first half, including 4-5 from three-
Perhaps not an unexpected result, but the way it unfolded was all too familiar for Illini fans. The Illini led by a point at halftime, and led 44-41 with about 16 minutes left, but then the Buckeyes went wild to pull away for a 77-61 victory. Let's take a look at the efficiency stats in this one, which aren't pretty for the Illini on either end.
Oh, that one stings. The Illini had a 13-point second half lead in Ann Arbor, but couldn't hold on, as the Wolverines found their shooting touch in the second half and pulled out a 73-65 win over Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams. There were some good choices for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. We'll start with sophomore point guard J
Not much to say about that loss, other than it hurts. The Illini let a 13-point second half lead slip away and they lost at Michigan 73-65 in overtime. Malcolm Hill was great, with 19 points, but not many other good things to say right now. Here are the efficiency stats for Illinois:
When you win by 48 points, there are plenty of options for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. Decisions, decisions. We'll start off with sophomore Malcolm Hill, who finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds, including this nice reverse dunk.
This was just what the doctor ordered for the Illini in their final non-conference game of the regular season, as Illinois led by as many as 52 points in a 93-45 blowout win. As you might expect, the efficiency stats look pretty good in this one, if not quite as impressive as they were at halftime. Here are the final numbers for Illinois:
Sometimes there is room for debate about what should be our Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. Not today. Not at all. When you hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game, that's the play of the game. However, that doesn't mean there aren't some other great highlights to s