Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Iowa

BOOM!  Jon Ekey has become a part of Illini lore, hitting a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give Illinois a 66-63 win at Iowa to close out the regular season.  The Illini were outstanding on defense in the second half, holding the Hawkeyes to just 29 second-half points.  The 63 points for the game was Iowa's lowest scoring output of the season.  Time for my three nomi

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Michigan

Yikes.  So much for the winning streak and any NCAA Tournament talk.  Michigan handed the Illini their worst home loss since the State Farm Center/Assembly Hall was built in 1963.

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Nebraska

It's a winning streak!  For the first time since the Illini started Big Ten play 2-0, they've won back-to-back games, knocking off Nebraska 60-49.  As the score indicates, the Illini defense was very good tonight, holding the Huskers' top three scorers to 23 combined points and forcing 15 Nebraska turnovers.  The defense will be featured in one of tonight's nominees for the

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Minnesota

The Illini defense was outstanding tonight, and the offense was better than it's been in a while, as Illinois won at Williams Arena for the 11th time in 13 tries, dealing the Gophers' NCAA Tournament chances a severe blow in a 62-49 win.  Kendrick Nunn matched his career high with 19 points, but Nnanna Egwu was the player of the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.  Plent

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