Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

Big Ten Efficiency Standings 2-9-2015

If you remember last week's post on this topic, the Illini were near the bottom of a big group of teams making up the middle of the pack in efficiency margin.  After a 2-0 week, the Illini have moved up closer to the top of that middle group, in a tie for 7th out of 14

Plays of the Game - Michigan State

I'm glad the Illini won this game, otherwise a completely head-scratching technical foul call would have made it into this space.  But, since Illinois picked up the win, we'll focus on plays made by the guys in the navy blue jerseys today.  Hill and Nunn were the leading scorers again today, with 19 and 14 points respectively, but they got some help today from Nnanna Egwu and even Aus

Efficiency Stats - Michigan State

For the second straight season, Illinois beat Sparty at their own game in East Lansing, winning 59-54.  This one won't win any marks for beauty, but I don't think the Illini care much about that.  This game was won on the defensive end of the floor, with an assist from MSU's lousy free throw shooting (7-18).  Let's look at the efficiency stats, first for the Illini.

Plays of the Game - Rutgers

The Illini held a double-digit lead through most of the second half tonight, cruising to a 66-54 win over Rutgers.  Kendrick Nunn was one of four Illini in double figures, leading the way with 21 points.  We have some good choices for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  We'll start with the play that closed the first half, a Jaylon Tate steal, leadin

Efficiency Stats - Rutgers

The Illini never really put Rutgers away until the final minute of this game, but they did enough to pick up a 66-54 win and get back to .500 in the Big Ten.  Kendrick Nunn led the way with 21 points, one of four Illini to score in double figures.  Let's take a look at the efficiency stats, first for the Illini:

Efficiency Stats - Halfway Home

After Saturday's nailbiting 60-58 win over Penn State, the Illini are 4-5 in Big Ten conference play, putting them in tie for 9th place.  Considering the injuries, and now suspensions, that Illinois has had to deal with, that's not a bad record through nine games.  Here are the league standings through yesterday's games.  Note that a few teams have played either eight or ten conf

Plays of the Game - Penn State

Malcolm Hill wasn't the entire Illini offense today, but he was almost half of it.  Hill finished with 27 points, including the game-winner, as Illinois held on for a 60-58 win over Penn State.  There were several good options for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, most of them involving Hill.  But we'll start with Kendrick Nunn, who, despite shooting

Efficiency Stats - Penn State

This game will never be shown as an example of the beauty of college basketball, but the Illini picked up a win they had to have, 60-58 over Penn State.  Illinois rode the hot hand of Malcolm Hill, who finished with 27 points, including the game-winning shot with four seconds left.  As for today's efficiency stats, they're very close in most areas, but turnovers appear to be the diffe

Plays of the Game - Minnesota

The Illini hit plenty of three-pointers in this one (11-24), but struggled from inside the arc and gave up way too many offensive rebounds in a 79-71 loss at Minnesota.  There are some options for our Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  We'll start with one of the Illini's eleven three-pointers, this one from Kendrick Nunn.

Efficiency Stats - Minnesota

Tired legs. A short bench. Missed open shots.  Take your pick.  Minnesota used a 17-2 second half run to pull away from the Illini today, with a 79-71 final score.  Looking at the numbers, it was the defense that failed the Illini today, and in particular the defensive rebounding.  First for the Illini: