Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

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

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Wisconsin

The second half wasn't much better.  I'm surprised that the Illini were so bad defensively tonight, and Wisconsin scored 90+ in a Big Ten game for the first time since 1995 in a 95-70 Badger victory.  I have to select three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, so here they are.  Pick your favorite in

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Penn State

Fueled in part by a skirmish between Kendrick Nunn and DJ Newbill that saw Newbill ejected, the Illini pulled away in the second half to win comfortably over Penn State 75-55 to improve to 2-0 in the Big Ten.  Let's get to my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  You can vote for your favorite in the comments below.

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Indiana

Wow!  What a way to open up the Big Ten season today.  The Illini outlasted Indiana 83-80 in overtime this afternoon at State Farm Center.  Rayvonte Rice and Yogi Farrell went mano a mano all afternoon, Rice finishing with 29 points and Yogi with 30.  In such a back-and-forth game, there were plenty of good candidates for our Dick Van

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - UIC

All is well.  The defense reported for duty, and the Flames could not duplicate their sharpshooting ways in the second half.  Rayvonte Rice also donned his Superman cape on both ends of the floor, scoring 28 points, while holding UIC's Kelsey Barlow to just three second half points.  It was the backcourt trio of Rice, Abrams and Bertrand that scored 58 of the Illini's 74 points,

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Missouri

Wow!  Now THAT was a Braggin' Rights Game!  The Illini got big plays down the stretch from Tracy Abrams and Jon Ekey, including a pair of Abrams free throws with 4.9 seconds left that proved to be the difference in a 65-64 Illinois win.  Let's get to our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  You

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Oregon

Plenty of fight in the Illini tonight, but in the end, Oregon had too many weapons on offense.  Illinois falls 71-64 in a game that was a little closer than that final score.  Rice led the Illini with 18 points, and Tracy Abrams had a nice game with 16 points and five assists.  Here are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World

Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Dartmouth

Illinois seemed to be on its way to a 20+ point win over Dartmouth tonight, leading by 17 points with just over eleven minutes to play.  Then the Big Green started hitting some shots, and the Illini started missing some free throws.  The lead would shrink to six before the Illini held on for a 72-65 win.  There were some nice plays for the Illini tonight, and here are my three no