Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

Plays of the Game - Hampton

In a rather sloppy game, the Fighting Illini were able to pull away in the second half for a comfortable 73-55 win over the Hampton Pirates.  Sophomore Jaylon Tate played well, especially in the first half, finishing with eight points (on 8-8 FT's) and three assists.  He's featured prominently tonight in our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. 

Efficiency Stats - Hampton

It wasn't the prettiest game, but Illinois came away with a comfortable 73-55 win over Hampton to improve to 8-3 on the season.  Kendrick Nunn had a season-high 16 points, and he was joined in double figures by Rayvonte Rice (12) and Nnanna Egwu (10).  Let's take a look at tonight's efficiency stats, first for the Illini:

Plays of the Game - Oregon

This seemed like what we had last year for Illinois on offense: Rayvonte Rice and not much else.  That was an issue, as Oregon had a balanced attack with five players in double figures.  Nnanna Egwu was the only other Illinois player to hit double digit scoring with ten points.  On to tonight's nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance Worl

Efficiency Stats - Oregon

Well, the second half didn't go as planned for the Illini.  Oregon scored at will for much of the half, while the Illini didn't get much offense from anyone not named Rayvonte Rice.  Let's look at the numbers, first for Illinois:

WDWS 2014-15 High School Basketball Schedule

This will be fun.  I've been covering high school basketball for a decade now in Champaign County, and I'm not sure I can recall a season where there's such a combination of quality teams, great rivalries and new teams to cover in the same season.  You've got the new Okaw Valley conference that brings together quality programs from St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity, St.

Plays of the Game - Villanova

Illinois played pretty well for 32 minutes tonight against a very good Villanova team tonight at Madison Square Garden.  Unfortunately, the game was 40 minutes long, and the Wildcats pulled away for a 73-59 win over the Fighting Illini.  There were some good choices for our Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  Sophomore Malcolm Hill had a career-high 20 points,

Efficiency Stats - Villanova

Game tied 50-50 with about 8:00 left.  Most Illini fans would take that, right?  Well, Villanova closed the game on a 23-9 run to hand the Illini their second loss of the season 73-59.  Malcolm Hill had a career-high 20 points, but the rest of the team struggled offensively for the most part.  Let's take a look at the efficiency stats, first for Illinois:

Plays of the Game - American

There were plenty of contributors today for the Illini in their 70-55 win over a plucky American University squad.  Only two Illini (Malcolm Hill and Rayvonte Rice) were in double figures, but several other Illini contributed, including sophomores Jaylon Tate and Maverick Morgan.  Tate figures prominently in this edition of the Dick Van Dyke Ap

Efficiency Stats - American

Illinois cruised to a 70-55 win over American University this afternoon.  Malcolm Hill led the way with 13 points, and Rayvonte Rice added 10, thanks to an 8-8 performance at the free throw line.  The offense improved a bit in the second half from an efficiency standpoint, despite ten second half turnovers.  Here are the final numbers for Illinois:

Plays of the Game - Miami

The Illini did not play well at Miami tonight, and the Hurricanes took advantage in a 70-61 game, the first loss of the season for Illinois.  That said, there were some good choices for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  All three of my nominees came from the second half.  We'll start with a nice "and one" from Rayvonte Rice, who finished with 22 po