Moline's Musings

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


Quick Peek at the Big Green

I can feel the excitement in the air as the Illini host Dartmouth tonight at State Farm Center in the first-ever matchup between the two schools.  Okay, not really.  But I am intererested to see if the Illini can avoid a post-road trip hangover.  That was an issue against IPFW after the road win at UNLV before Thanksgiving.  Here are a few tidbits courtesy of stats guru


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Auburn

This was a nice bounce back game for the Illini after Tuesday's disappointing loss at Georgia Tech.  The final score of 81-62 really doesn't show how much the Illini controlled this game, as they led by as many as 32 points before John Groce emptied the bench.  Plenty of highlights to choose from in this one, but here are my nominees for the Di


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - Georgia Tech

It burns, burns, burns.  The Illini fell into a ring of fire in the last 10 minutes of Tuesday night's game at Georgia Tech, letting a 12-point lead slip away down the stretch of a 67-64 loss.  The first defeat of the season puts the Illini's record at 7-1 heading into Sunday's return trip to Atlanta to face Auburn.  There were some good plays to choose from for the


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - IPFW

Ugly.  Unattractive.  Not good looking.  Just a few ways to describe this Illini game vs. IPFW.  Fortunately, another way to describe it is simply, "win."  Let's get right to my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, with a heavy dose of the Bulldog, Tracy Abrams.


Plays of the Game & Efficiency Stats - UNLV

There was some talk early in this game from CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb that Rayvonte Rice was "too short" to be a quality player in the Big Ten.  Who's too short now, Doug?  All Rayvonte did was pour in 25 points and 10 rebounds, including the game-winner with 26 seconds left on a nice drive to the basket.  So, not surprisingly, that's one of my nominees for the


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