Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Ohio State

Instead of getting better for the Illini in the second half, the offense got worse.  A lot worse.  More turnovers, worse shooting.  The Illini only managed a feeble 0.57 points per possession in the second half, which meant that a good defensive effort against Ohio State went for naught in a 48-39 loss.  Detailed efficiency numbers below, but first I must pick three nominees

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Nebraska

Sigh...the Illini were in another game later in the second half, trailing by three points with a bit over 6:00 to play, but couldn't score or stop Shavon Shields down the stretch, and they dropped a 67-58 game at Nebraska.  There were a few highlights to choose from, and those are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Penn State

Ding dong, the losing streak is dead!  The Illini, led by their freshmen, knocked off Penn State 60-55 on the road today.  Kendrick Nunn notched a career-high 19 points, and Malcolm Hill scored 11 in their first career starts.  As you might expect, the freshmen play a prominent role in my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appl

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Wisconsin

The Illini played the role of slump busters tonight, as Wisconsin knocked down 10-23 shots from three-point range in a 75-63 win.  Rayvonte Rice had a strong game with 24 points and nine rebounds, but didn't get a lot of help.  Joe Bertrand and Nnanna Egwu joined Ray in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.  But, as you'll see in the numbers below, this one was lost

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Iowa

Well, the losing streak has hit seven games.  The offense was as good as it's been since December, but too many mistakes down the stretch let Iowa escape with an 81-74 win, their first win in Champaign since 1999.  Here are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Indiana

No offense, but the Illini have no offense.  Forgive the bad joke.  Rayvonte Rice bounced back with 20 points, but no other Illini were in double figures, and the Illini dropped their sixth straight game, 56-46 to Indiana.  There were a few good plays sprinkled in, and those will be my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WO

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Ohio State

When your leading scorer is held scoreless, it's tough to win, especially on the road.  That's what happened to the Illini this evening in Columbus, as the combination of Shannon Scott, Aaron Craft, and a lingering injury kept Rayvonte Rice scoreless for the first time in his college career.  The Illini got 19 points from Joseph Bertrand, and Nnanna Egwu broke out of a big slump with

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan State

No Adreian Payne, no problem for Sparty tonight.  Gary Harris was outstanding (23 points on just 9 FGA), and Michigan State was in control most of the night in a 78-62 win over the Illini.  The Illini found a few more answers on offense in the second half, but could never get closer than six points.  John Groce picked up a technical foul, and easily could have been ejected, but t

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Purdue

This is starting to feel familiar.  The Illini are struggling in the early portion of the Big Ten schedule for the second straight season, falling to Purdue 66-58 at home.  Missed free throw, turnovers, rebounding.  Those three things contributed a lot to the outcome tonight, with the Boilermakers outrebounding the Illini 23-7 in the second half.  Here are my nominees for th

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Northwestern

Ouch.  That one hurts.  Losing at Northwestern is never fun, especially when the Wildcats are struggling as much as they are this season.  It reminds me of this game from 2011 at Indiana, you know, the one where Tom Crean went through the concourse at the other Assembly Hall high-fiv