Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

Plays of the Game - Indiana

There was plenty of offense in this one, so plenty of options for today's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  The Illini came out firing from three-point range this afternoon, led by sophomore Kendrick Nunn, who put up 24 points today after a career-high 25 at Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Efficiency Stats - Indiana

It was an entertaining game to watch, but ultimately the Illini came up short in an 80-74 loss to Indiana in front of a record crowd at State Farm Center.  As you might expect in such a shootout, both offenses had pretty good efficiency numbers in this one.  First for the Illini:

Plays of the Game - Northwestern

It was raining threes early, and the Illini made enough plays in the second half to pull out a 72-67 win in Evanston over a stubborn Northwestern squad.  Kendrick Nunn was outstanding, finishing with a career-high 25 points, and Aaron Cosby provided some much needed offense with 19 points of his own.  Plenty of options tonight for our Dick Van

Efficiency Stats - Northwestern

The Fighting Illini scored 29 more points than they did on Sunday in Lincoln and held off Northwestern 72-67 for a road win that came at the perfect time.  Kendrick Nunn was big throughout with a career-high 25 points, and Aaron Cosby used a big first half to finish with 19.  The Illini's efficiency stats are much prettier tonight than they were on Sunday:

Plays of the Game - Nebraska

Not many highlights to choose from tonight.  I did manage to find three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  We'll start with Nnanna Egwu's lone basket of the game, but appropriately it came from one of his ten rebounds.

Efficiency Stats - Nebraska

Well, that was ugly.  Despite solid defense most of the night, Illinois could never get in any kind of a flow on offense, resulting in a 53-43 loss at Nebraska.  Poor shooting and shot selection were the culprits tonight, as well as some good defense from the Cornhuskers.  Here are the final efficiency stats for the Illini, if you can stomach them:

Plays of the Game - Maryland

Tonight was just what the doctor ordered for an Illini team desperate for a win.  They defended well for 40 minutes, and got a career high 28 points from sophomore Malcolm Hill in a 64-57 win over #11 Maryland at State Farm Center.  Plenty of options for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, most involving Hill.&n

Efficiency Stats - Maryland

Malcolm Hill took over on the offensive end of the floor early in the second half.  His career high 28 points, combined with stout defense throughout for Illinois, propelled the Illini to their first Big Ten win over nationally ranked Maryland 64-57.  The Illini also hit their free throws late to ice the win, as they went 17-20 from the free throw line.  Here are the efficiency s

Plays of the Game - Ohio State

As you might expect in this kind of game (and too many of the Illini's games this season), there were plenty of highlights early, and not nearly enough late.  Here are my three nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  We'll start with Rayvonte Rice, who was on fire in the first half, including 4-5 from three-

Efficiency Stats - Ohio State

Perhaps not an unexpected result, but the way it unfolded was all too familiar for Illini fans.  The Illini led by a point at halftime, and led 44-41 with about 16 minutes left, but then the Buckeyes went wild to pull away for a 77-61 victory.  Let's take a look at the efficiency stats in this one, which aren't pretty for the Illini on either end.