Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

Efficiency Stats - B1G Update 2-23-15

It's time for our weekly look at efficiency stats in the Big Ten.  I've added a couple of columns to the chart this week, one for last week's efficiency margin, and one for the difference between last week and this week.  The big movers on the plus side this week are Iowa and Northwestern.  Rutgers, Penn State, and Nebraska all took steps back over the past seven days.  Let'

Plays of the Game - Michigan State

Stat of the night: Illinois shoots just 28.8 percent from the field.  The Illini had their chances late, but couldn't hit an open shot.  There were a few options for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  All three came late, as the Illini were trying to claw their way out of a 52-41 deficit.  First, is this defensive flurry from Rayvonte Rice.

Efficiency Stats - Michigan State

Ouch.  The Illini's shooting touch left them tonight, as Illinois shot just 28.8 percent from the field and 2-16 from three-point range in a 60-53 loss to Michigan State.  A 21-28 performance from the free throw line (17-21 in the second half) kept Illinois in the game, but it wasn't enough.  Here are the final efficiency stats for the Illini:

Efficiency Stats - Slowing Down

As Big Ten play hits the dog days of February, a few things are readily apparent when looking at the league's efficiency stats for conference games only.  First, Wisconsin continues to be the Big Ten's best by a wide margin.  Second, Maryland continues to work magic in close games, thus drastically outperforming their efficiency margin.  Third, the league's pace of play continues

Plays of the Game - Wisconsin

Wisconsin showed why they're the class of the Big Ten today at the Kohl Center, knocking off Illinois 68-49.  The Illini showed some fight in today's game, but couldn't keep the Badgers off the offensive glass, and didn't make enough shots in the second half to stay close.  There were some highlights for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, including the shoo

Efficiency Stats - Wisconsin

That was a prototypical game vs. Wisconsin.  A low number of possessions (49), with the Badgers making the most of them.  Illinois kept the game in the 8-12 point range for most of the second half, but never could make a big run, as Wisconsin pulled away late in a 68-49 win.  Let's take a look at the efficiency stats, first for Illinois:

Plays of the Game - Michigan

Mercy.  I don't know that I've seen a late game run like that before.  Trailing 50-43, the Illini scored the next 21 points of the game in the last 3:13 of regulation and into overtime, beating Michigan 64-52 to improve to 17-8 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten.  Several good options tonight for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  We'll start with senior

Efficiency Stats - Michigan

What's the line from the movie "Glengarry Glenn Ross?"  Coffee is for closers.  Well, the Illini should get a lifetime supply from their favorite coffee shop after that performance tonight.  Trailing 50-43 with 3:13 left, Illinois went on a 21-0 run through the end of regulation and overtime to knock off Michigan 64-52.  As you might expect, the Illini's efficiency was much

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